Xavier Named One of the Best in the Country by Princeton Review

August 1, 2011

Xavier University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 1, 2011 on PrincetonReview.com.  The 153 colleges chosen for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Additionally, Xavier is featured as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review, August 2, 2011, $22.99).

"We're pleased to recommend Xavier to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. 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 at them 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," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher.

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the national guide, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college 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 at them.  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 explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx

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 2010-11 academic year and/or its student survey for the book.  The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile.  Rating categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of school's commitment to the environment in its policies, practices and education programs.  Among the ratings in the [School] profile are scores of [number] for [category] and [number] for [category]. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx

The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in "The Best 376 Colleges" at PrincetonReview.com.  There 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) in its website feature, "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, MA 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.