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Oglethorpe among Fiske’s top 20 ‘best buy’ schools nationwide

The Fiske Guide to Colleges has once again included Oglethorpe University among its “Best Buy” colleges and universities in the country.

Oglethorpe is the only school in Georgia—public or private—to make Fiske’s 2020 list of just 10 private and 10 public colleges and universities nationwide. This is the third consecutive year Oglethorpe has appeared on the list.

For 36 years, the Fiske Guide has identified a select group of schools noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost for its annual Best Buy list. These are schools that, in the judgment of the Fiske editors, offer “outstanding educational value as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.”

About Oglethorpe, Fiske specifically noted that “this urban-based liberal arts school attracts a student body rich in socioeconomic and racial diversity, thanks in part to generous financial aid,” and further recognized that Oglethorpe “will match the in-state tuition rate of each U.S. state’s flagship institution for incoming freshmen who meet certain criteria.”

Oglethorpe’s in-state tuition match program, Flagship 50, was launched in fall 2018 and is the only one of its kind in the country.

Fiske’s 2020 list includes 20 public and private colleges and universities around the country:

Private:
Centre College
Drew University
Earlham College
Mount Holyoke College
Oglethorpe University
Olin College of Engineering
Rice University
St. Olaf College
Vanderbilt University
Warren Wilson College

Public:
Arizona State University
University of Florida
University of Iowa
New College of Florida
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Purdue University
SUNY – Binghamton University
Texas A&M University
Truman State University
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of The New York Times, during which time he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote the Fiske Guide to Colleges to help them, updated annually with the Fiske editorial team.

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