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UNI receives high ranking for affordability, academic quality, accessibility

November 25, 2013
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Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

Lauren Mitchell, CollegeAtlas.org, 949-322-4848, lauren@radi8creative.com

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa was ranked No. 13 nationally and No. 4 in the Midwest in a new college ranking that assesses schools on affordability, academic quality and accessibility.

CollegeAtlas, an online directory of colleges and universities, released its "A-List," a ranking of the top 100 universities nationwide, as well as four regional lists, that emphasize three factors that students and parents care about most: low tuition, a strong academic reputation and a reasonable shot at acceptance.

In a speech at the University at Buffalo this August, President Obama suggested a rating system that would judge institutions of higher learning "not just by which is the most selective, not just by which is the most expensive, not just by the one with the best facilities," he said, "but by the one that is the biggest bang for the buck."

UNI recently hosted a U.S. Department of Education open forum on the Obama administration's college affordability and completion initiative. Participants gave their input and feedback about President Obama's higher education plan, which includes a college rating system.

For the full CollegeAtlas A-List, visit www.collegeatlas.org/.