The guide, which is in its first edition, differs from many others in that it does not rank the schools in orderrather, it profiles the 11 best colleges from each state in the region. Schools are evaluated on two main factors: overall academic excellence and the results of a student survey consisting of 70 questions about their schools academics, campus life, student body and themselves.
A two-page profile of each school ranked in the guide is packed with information on academics, admission and financial aid. The profiles go beyond the data to take a more intimate look at each school by including rankings on the quality of life on campus and quotes from students about their collegiate experiences, both positive and negative.
Of note is the Survey Says section, which groups together the most common assessments from each schools students. This section is part of what sets the new Princeton Review guides apart as a bit more personal than some other popular college rankings. Xaviers survey says, Popular college radio; Theater is hot; Classes are small; Students are religious; Students love Cincinnati; School is well-run; Student publications are popular.
Students also are quoted in the profile as saying Theres always something to do, The students at Xavier are one big family, and that the atmosphere on campus is generally both happy and friendly.
Combined, the five regional guides feature the top 17 percent of the nations 3,500 colleges and universities. A wide variety of school typespublic and private, affordable and more expensive, large and smallare profiled as the best in their regions. In addition to the Midwest, other regions represented in the guides are the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, Southeastern and Western.
The guides hit bookstores Aug. 19 and are available in paperback for $14.95. For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com.