PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Selecting a school can be a tough decision. To help make that decision, the Princeton Review has just released its list of the best value colleges and Pitt made the list.

There is no doubt college costs a lot, from tuition and books to room and board.

So, how do you make a smart decision? Which schools offer the most bang for your buck?

The Princeton Review looked at public and private schools all over nation and came up with the top 150 best values.

The University of Pittsburgh is on the list.

“That’s pretty good. This is the only place I applied to. It’s the only place I really wanted to go, so I knew that already,” Kristen Welsh said.

The survey was based on criteria like admissions, financial aid and excellent academics. Students on campus said they are not surprised Pitt made the cut.

“Especially compared to other schools around, it’s definitely a great educational experience. I mean, different opportunities given to us, whether it be technology or different professors. I would say it’s certainly a great value,” Luke Burke said.

The highest ranked private school is Swarthmore College, just outside of Philadelphia, followed by Harvard.

The top public school is the University of Virginia, followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pitt is the only public school in the state to make the list.

According to the survey, between tuition, room and board, fees, and books an in-state student pays $27,570.

An out of state student dishes out $37,260.

Roughly 63 percent of students have to borrow money for their education and the average student gradates with about $26,000 in debt.

“I mean, I guess everyone probably wishes it was less but in general, it’s one of the better priced schools around here and I think that is why I think a lot of people want to go to it,” Shannon Lewis said.

“For out of state tuition, it is relatively cheap compared to a lot of other schools,” Will Dubasik said.


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