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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Two
guides that help students choose a college have named the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a top value.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2002 names the UI one of 43 "best buys"
based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost
The Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog 2002 recognizes Illinois as a top
school in three areas "offers the best value for your tuition
dollar," "supports diversity" and "is academically
The Fiske Guide, edited by former New York Times education editor Ted
Fiske, reviews 300 colleges and universities, assessing each in terms
of academic strength, social life and overall quality of life.
In terms of the quality of undergraduate life, Fiske describes UI students
as "a happy, sociable bunch. This is, after all, the school that
Fiske also lauds the range of course work available at the eight undergraduate
colleges, which offer more than 150 undergraduate programs.
"Dont be scared off by the enormity of the University of
Illinois," he concludes. "Its size is probably its greatest
asset drawing students from all over the world and offering them
a multitude of opportunities not available elsewhere, so long as they
seek them out."
In addition to the UI, three other Big Ten schools were named as "best
buys" Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Kaplan/Newsweek Catalog provides detailed admissions information
on more than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide compiled from
surveys of high school guidance counselors.