Xavier named one of best universities in U.S.

The Princeton Review once again lists the University in its annual guide of The Best 361 Colleges | August 22, 2005

Xavier University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The organization released the 2006 edition of its annual guide "The Best 361 Colleges" on Monday, Aug. 22, and included a two-page profile on Xavier. Only 15 percent of all four-year colleges in the United States and only two Canadian colleges are in the book.

According to the profile, “[Xavier] university’s religious affiliation is fundamental to its academics: The Jesuits have a strong commitment to students developing morally, intellectually and spiritually and helping make the society around us a better place to live.”

Robert Franek, vice president for publishing at The Princeton Review, says, “The main factor in our selection of schools was our high regard for their academic programs. We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students, and visits to schools over the years.”

The ranking comes just days after Xavier was ranked third best in the Midwest Master’s category by U.S. News and World Report.

Inclusion in "The Best 361 Colleges" is based on The Princeton Review's survey of 110,000 students. Ranking list categories range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, interests in sports and other aspects of campus life. The Princeton Review posts the book's ranking lists on its web site, www.PrincetonReview.com.

"The Best 361 Colleges" is the 14th edition of The Princeton Review's annual best colleges guide. It is one of more than 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House.