Ursinus One Of Princeton Review’s “Best 376 Colleges”

Ursinus College is one of the country’s best 376 colleges for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, for its academic rigor and campus culture.

Included in the new 2012 edition of the annual college guide, “The Best 376 Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review), Ursinus is one of only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges (and three colleges outside the U.S.) profiled in the flagship guide.

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The Princeton Review cited the strength of academic programs at Ursinus.

The book lauds the strength of the academic programs, and notes that the Ursinus culture is “about creating free-thinking, intelligent, [and] contributing members of society” and “letting people be who they are without fear and while accomplishing learning beyond the classroom.”

Outstanding academics is “the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and publisher and author of “The Best 376 Colleges.” An 80-question student survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them.

Based on student response, the guidebook describes Ursinus as a “close-knit college community” which “offers an exceptional academic record.” The culture “provides accessibility to professors” . . .enabling a better learning experience.” This is “a campus filled with motivated students and professors who worked toward every student’s success.”

It goes on to state: “Academic integrity” is “high,” “yet fostering leadership, community and personal growth” is also a periority. The “greatest strengths” of Ursinus’s program are “the focus on community service, the strength of the academic programs, and programs such as CIE (Common Intellectual Experience, an entire class [where the focus is on] the whole campus reading and discussing the same books or movies.” Ursinus is also known for its “strong biology and science program,” which “allows students to maintain strong connections in other fields, from art to education.” Classes “are small,” and professors “are accessible and have extensive knowledge in their fields.”

The schools in “The Best 376 Colleges” also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2010-11 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. All schools are scored from 60 to 99 in eight categories including Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green: a rating based on environmental commitments. All of the book’s school profiles and ranking lists can be found on www.PrincetonReview.com.

Additionally, Ursinus College has been included in the 2012 revised and updated edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges, compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 is known as a subjective look at upward of 300 of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Colleges featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 were selected with academic quality in mind, according to the publisher. — W.G