For the 10th year in a row, Xavier is named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the 2014 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges.
"We commend Xavier for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher.
The schools in The Best 378 Colleges also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools and student surveys. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and appear in each school profile.
Among the ratings in the Xavier profile are placements for quality of life, fire safety and a green rating, which highlights the sustainability work at Xavier since 2008, when president Michael J. Graham, S.J., signed Xavier’s name to The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the national guide, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.
The Princeton Review surveyed 126,000 students, about 333 per campus on average, attending the colleges included in the book. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 378 in any category. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at the Princeton Review's website.
The book is published by Random House/Princeton Review and is available in print and an eBook edition beginning Aug. 6 for $23.99.