Butler University has been named a “Best Buy” school in the 2013 revised and updated edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges — one of only 21 private schools and 41 nationwide to receive that designation this year.
This is the second consecutive year Butler has been named a “Best Buy.”
In the 2½-page entry, Butler is described as a “small, private university with an attractive campus near Indianapolis and a relaxed Midwestern feel. Butler combines a strong liberal arts emphasis with practical learning. Strong in dance and international business. Classes are small with no TAs. Students are a homogeneous lot who share Indiana’s trademark passion for basketball. Larger than DePauw, smaller than Northwestern.”
Butler President James Danko said he’s pleased by the recognition from Fiske because the University “works to deliver value in all that we do.”
“Butler has defined itself by focusing on a quality student experience and an education that ultimately leads to a fulfilling life and career,” he said. “Fiske recognizes our academic excellence as well as our commitment to providing financial assistance to students.”
Butler is the only Indiana private school on the list.
In announcing the 2013 “Best Buy” results, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 said: “In the face of today’s skyrocketing tuition rates, students and families in all economic circumstances are looking for ways to get the best value for their education dollar. Fortunately, there are some bargains to be found in higher education — it just takes a bit of shopping around with a little guidance along the way.”
Fiske contains an “Index by Price” that groups public and private institutions into four price categories, from inexpensive to very expensive, but also suggests a number of schools that offer outstanding academics with relatively moderate prices.
All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings.
The Fiske Guide is written by Edward B. Fiske, who served for 17 years as education editor of The New York Times. During that time, he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote the bestselling annual, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, to help them.