Xavier University has again been recognized as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in the United States by The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features Xavier in the new 2009 edition of its annual book, “Best 368 Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review, July 29, 2008, $21.95).
“This honor by the Princeton Review is great news,” said Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier University. “I give credit across the board to our students, faculty, staff and alumni for all they do to in helping us achieve our mission to prepare students intellectually, morally and spiritually with rigor and compassion toward lives of solidarity, service and success.”
Only about 15% of the 2,500 four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges were chosen for the book. It has two-page profiles of the schools and student survey-based ranking lists of top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories. The Princeton Review also posts the book's annual ranking lists on its website www.PrincetonReview.com at which users can read FAQs about the book.
“We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics. We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students, and parents we hear from year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's V.P., Publishing.
The ranking lists in the 2009 edition of “Best 368 Colleges” are based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 120,000 students (325 per campus on average) attending the 368 colleges in the book. A college's appearance on these lists is attributable to a high consensus among its surveyed students about the subject. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Ranking lists report the top 20 schools in categories that range from best professors, administration, and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, race/class relations, sports interests, and other aspects of campus life. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book 1 to 368 in any single category, nor do the rankings reflect The Princeton Review’s opinion of the schools.
The school profiles in "The Best 368 Colleges" have school ratings in eight categories. The ratings are numerical scores on a scale of 60 to 99 based largely on school-reported data collected during the 2007-08 academic year. Rating categories include Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and a new Green rating that The Princeton Review developed in partnership with ecoAmerica, a DC-based environmental organization. The Green rating is based on several criteria concerning environmental policies and practices reported by the colleges to The Princeton Review.
“Best 368 Colleges” is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House. Over the years, various ranking lists in the book have been favorably referenced by President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, among others, and praised by USA Today as “a public service.” The Princeton Review book line also includes “Best Northeastern Colleges” and “The Complete Book of Colleges,” the 2009 editions of which will be published August 5, 2008.
The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, education, and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.