Xavier maintains its ranking as one of the best colleges in the country by The Princeton Review

This is the eighth year in a row that Xavier is featured in the annual guide | August 2, 2011

For the eighth year in a row, The Princeton Review has included Xavier in its annual guide to the best colleges in America, naming it one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges (Random House).

The guide also names Xavier one of the best colleges in the Midwest—one of 153 schools recommended in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The 153 Midwest area colleges are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The guide is available for purchase beginning Tuesday, Aug. 2, for $22.99. The rankings are listed on the website, PrincetonReview.com.

"We're pleased to recommend Xavier to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.

“From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the national guide. It includes detailed profiles of the 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 does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 376 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools.

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 and class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list both in the book and on the website.

The schools in The Best 376 Colleges also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2010-2011 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and appear in each school profile. Rating categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety and Green, a measure of a school's commitment to the environment in its policies, practices and education programs.

The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 376 Colleges at PrincetonReview.com. Users can find detailed information about the book, access its list, "100 Best Value Colleges for 2011," and see its "Honor Roll" lists saluting schools that received the highest possible score, 99, for Financial Aid, Fire Safety and Green ratings.

The schools in The Best 376 Colleges are also part of a group of 626 colleges that The Princeton Review commends, but does not rank, on its website, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region—Northeast/Midwest/Southeast/West."

The Best 376 Colleges is the 20th edition of The Princeton Review's annual "best colleges" book. It is one of about 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes test-prep guides for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP exams, plus The Complete Book of Colleges and Paying for College Without Going Broke. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Framingham, Mass., and has editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.