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Takoma Park, MD 20912

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Washington Adventist University Ranks in the Top 50 “Best Value Small Colleges for a Biology Degree”



Takoma Park, MD (August 4, 2015) Washington Adventist University is ranked among the top 50 “Best Value Small Colleges for a Biology Degree” by the Best Value Schools website. The ranking was developed from data on College Navigator, a website run by the National Center for Education Statistics.

“A biology degree is one of the more versatile degrees you can get in undergrad,” said writer and researcher Iris Stone, who authored a recent article on the rankings. “Biology students have the flexibility to become teachers, researchers, or conservationists, to go to graduate school, or to enter into a number of pre-professional programs, from medicine to pharmacy.”

The schools that made the top 50 list all have student bodies of 3,000 or fewer; offer a degree in biology or the biological sciences; admit 50 percent or fewer of their applicants; and have a low net price – which takes into consideration in-state and out-of-state tuition, average financial aid packages that students at the school receive, and other potential expenses.

“Each of the 50 schools have something unique to offer, but they all unite in the desire to provide a high caliber curriculum for a lower than average cost,” said Stone.

Washington Adventist University (WAU), which ranks 42 on the list of 50, offers an array of pre-professional programs within it B.S. and B.A. biology degree tracks, as well as degree programs in biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics and computer science. The university’s “STEM U” program -- for students majoring in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science and mathematics -- provides student mentors, workshops, residential and non-residential learning communities and a survival guide to ensure that students graduate on time.

The university’s 8th Semester Free program offers all incoming, full-time freshmen free tuition for their 8th semester if they remain on track to graduate within four years. That reduces the cost of their degree program and ensures that students remain focused on graduating on time.
For more information about Washington Adventist University’s biology programs, contact Melinda Villanueva, Ph.D. at or 301-891-4462, or go to the Department of Biology website.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County, Maryland's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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