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The Princeton Review rates 3 Arizona colleges as academically outstanding

The Princeton Review rates 3 Arizona colleges as academically outstanding
Ryan Loebe

The University of Arizona (UA), Arizona State University (ASU), and Prescott College are three colleges in the state of Arizona to be rated as academically outstanding by The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based education services company, surveyed 130,000 students at 379 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences in an 80-question survey. There are 62 categories of ranking lists in which these colleges were assessed. The Princeton Review does not rank the 379 colleges, but it does assign scores between 60 and 99 in several categories, based on answers accumulated from the survey.

Princeton review-1“The UA community takes great pride in being recognized by The Princeton Review,” said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. “We know that our inclusion means that University students are pleased with their overall experience at the UA and see true value in their UA education, whether it’s the academic training, career-oriented support or the community aspects of being a Wildcat.”

The UA was included in several categories: 96 for sustainability or “green” initiatives; 87 for fire safety; 84 for quality of life; 79 for selectivity; 75 for academics; and 73 for financial aid.

Prescott College, a private college located in Prescott, Arizona, ranked in several categories such as ranking high as an LGBT-friendly campus, yet received a low ranking on intercollegiate sports. ASU is profiled in the book, but not on any of its “top 20″ ranking lists.

“Our purpose is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall or to rank these distinctive schools 1 to 379 on any single topic. We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that’s best for them,” said Robert Franek, the guide’s author and The Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and Publisher.

The Princeton Review considers a variety of factors in its rankings, including student surveys and institutional data from college administrators. The guide includes detailed profiles of each school and ratings in a variety of areas, such as academics, quality of life and financial aid.

The book is available for purchase here

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Contributions from Jeanne Krier, The Princeton Review