Lawrence University has been named one of the nation’s “best value” undergraduate institutions by The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company chose Lawrence as one of 81 schools it recommends in the 2006 edition of its book “America’s Best Value Colleges,” which hits bookstores on Tuesday, April 19.

The book is a guide to colleges with outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. It includes public and private colleges and universities in 35 states. Lawrence’s recognition as a “best value” institution puts it among the top five percent of all four-year colleges and universities in the country.

The Princeton Review selected schools for the book based on data the company obtained from administrators at more than 350 colleges and surveys of students attending them. More than 30 factors were used in determining the ratings.