The Princeton Review yesterday announced its college rankings, naming the “best” schools in many categories. We’re happy, of course, that our university was named as one of the one of the Best in the Northeast.
The rankings, which Princeton Review has been doing for 21 years, is part of the 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges,” which contains 62 lists covering all aspects of college life, including academics and the social scene on campus. The rankings are based on surveys given to students.
In addition to choosing the best colleges and universities in the country by region, The Princeton Review also recognizes other schools for other criteria, including the best party school. This year, West Virginia University received that dubious honor, with the University of Iowa and Ohio University following after. And while the media tend to focus on that “distinction,” including this article in the Los Angeles Times, The Princeton Review also recognized many other schools:
- Hunter College — most racially diverse
- American University — most politically active
- University of Notre Dame – students pack the stadium
- Brigham Young University — most stone-cold sober school
- Emerson College – most LGBT friendly
There are varying opinions about college rankings, what they mean and what significance they hold. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to visit the campus of the colleges or universities that you’re considering, if you can. Ask questions. Sit in on a class. Talk to current students. Meet with financial aid counselors and professors. Only then will you get a clear picture of whether that college or university is a good fit for you.