Princeton Review Cites ‘Exceptional Academic Record’

Ursinus College  is again included as one of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges in the 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges (Random House/Princeton Review).

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges (and four colleges outside the U.S.) are profiled in The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

Princeton Review 2014 Best CollegesThe Ursinus write-up praises the school for its academics, using quotes from student surveys. “Set in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, this ‘small, close-knit college community’ offers ‘an exceptional academic record’ and ‘small-school atmosphere,’ which ‘provides accessibility to professors and successful students, enabling a better learning experience.’

“This is ‘a campus filled with motivated students and professors who worked toward every student’s success.’ ‘Academic integrity’ is ‘high,’ ‘yet fostering leadership, community and personal growth (is) also extremely prided.’”

The write-up goes on to say that the greatest strengths of the Ursinus programs are the focus on community service, the strength of the academic programs and the interdisciplinary first-year course, the Common Intellectual Experience.

“Overall, this small, rigorous program 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,’” the book states. It also cites the students’ “active and healthy extracurricular lifestyle.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and publisher and author of The Best 378 Colleges, says that “outstanding academics” is the primary criteria for the choice of schools included in the book.  The Princeton Review obtains data from institutional surveys and takes into account input from its staff and 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 378 in any category.

The schools also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2012-13 academic year and/or its student survey for the book, which are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Among the ratings in the Ursinus profile are scores of 90 for “Professors are Accessible” and 85 in a “Green” rating.

The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists are posted at  Ursinus is also included in The Best Northeastern Colleges.

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