Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Missouri Boast Most Awardees in 2020 Edition of


With it’s 9th Edition of America’s Best Value Colleges (, University Research and Review has recognized 124 traditional colleges and universities that provide students a place where they fit in, top-notch academic programs,  costs that are reasonable, and they provide financial aid.

While geographically disbursed around America, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Missouri represent the states with the most schools offering students the best value. These four states are home to more than a quarter of all colleges and universities receiving the 2020 Awards. Both public and private colleges and universities are included in this year’s Awardee list.

Ten colleges and universities in Pennsylvania received 2020 Best Value School awards: Keystone College; Johnson College; Ursinus College; Marywood College; Cabrini University; Cairn University; Lincoln University; Mercyhurst University; Mount Aloysius College; and Thiel College.

In Ohio, eight schools were recognized: Ohio Northland University; Ashland University; Chatfield College; Heidelberg University; Kettering College; Mount Vernon Nazarene University; and Wilmington College.

Missouri was celebrated with seven Best Value Colleges: Southwest Baptist University; Culver-Stockton College; Cottey College; American Business & Technology University; Hannibal-LaGrange University; and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

The New York seven featured Manhattanville College; St. Thomas Aquinas College; Utica College; Cazenovia College; Daemen College; Roberts Wesleyan College; and Trocaire College.

“There is no reason that students who want a college degree cannot get one without mortgaging their future,” said L. Joseph Schmoke, chairman and CEO of University Research and Review and founder of the Best Value Colleges program. “We have identified schools that meet our rigorous criteria for quality, student engagement and satisfaction, actual out of pocket costs and the availability of financial aid.”

“There is no pecking order of schools on our list. All these schools belong to an elite “club” of high quality, affordable post-secondary institutions. Each Best Value School has been selected because it meets criteria important to postsecondary students of all ages,” he said.

There is no limit to how many schools can be part of the program; however, the selection process is rigorous, and the challenging criteria must be met annually.

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