The University of California Riverside has been named one of the top 75 best-value public undergraduate schools in the nation, according to a list published this month by The Princeton Review.

The list is part of a book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” that also selected UC Riverside as one of the top 150 best-value colleges in the nation based on its excellent academics, generous financial aid, and/or relatively low cost of attendance.

“It doesn’t surprise me that UCR continues to do so well in the rankings, the secret is out!” said Merlyn Campos, director of undergraduate admissions. “Rankings are just one measure of how great UCR really is. We’re most happy that we have been recognized in so many areas – from our student body diversity to the fact that we’re military-friendly, from our graduation rates among underrepresented students to our standing as one of the top research institutions in the world. UCR competes with the very best and comes out on top.”

The list salutes 150 undergraduate schools: 75 public and 75 private institutions. In each group, the Princeton Review identifies the top 10 colleges. The remaining 65 schools in each group are reported in alphabetical order, unranked.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on analyses of data the company collected from an initial list of 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. More than 30 data points were assessed across three primary areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid.

Cost and financial aid data came from the fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data on academics came from fall 2010 through fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. The Princeton Review also factored in data from surveys of students attending the schools who shared assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

Some of the assessments from UC Riverside students are excerpted on The Princeton Review web site. They include:

“The University of California - Riverside is an ‘underrated’ and ‘research-oriented’ school with an ‘extensive library’ and heaps of ‘very up-to-date’ technology. Premed and the biological sciences are noteworthy strengths. Computer science, engineering, and business administration are also solid. The honors program is fantastic. Cutting-edge research opportunities for undergraduates are ample ‘in virtually any area.’”

Also: “If you have a passion for creepy crawly things, UCR boasts one of the best entomology departments in the nation. (The bug collection is astounding.) UCR is also a leader in agricultural research. There are ‘some very excellent teachers’ here who ‘go out of their way to help students learn both inside and outside the classroom.’”