Xavier maintains its Princeton Review ranking as one of the country's best universities

The rankings of 373 best colleges and 152 "Best in the Midwest" are released on Tuesday, Aug. 3 | August 3, 2010

The Princeton Review names Xavier one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in the nation and recommends it among 152 colleges and universities in its “Best in the Midwest” section in rankings released Monday, Aug. 2, and Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The education services company features Xavier in the 2011 edition of its popular guidebook, “The Best 373 Colleges.” This is the seventh year in a row Xavier has been featured in this guide. The regional rankings, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” are posted on the company’s web site.

About 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship annual college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

“We’re pleased to recommend Xavier to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president for publishing. “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.”

The 152 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Collectively, the 623 colleges named regional bests constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

In the national college guide, The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or numerically in any category but rather reports 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are based on its survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges and not on The Princeton Review’s opinion of the schools.

The survey asks students to rate their 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 or class relations, LGBT community acceptance, and other aspects of campus life.

The schools in “The Best 373 Colleges” also have ratings based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2009-2010 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60-99 in eight categories. Among them are ratings for admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety and environmental sustainability.

The Princeton Review posts the school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 373 Colleges” on its web site where users can read about the book, the survey, and the criteria for each of the ratings and rankings.

“The Best 373 Colleges” is the 19th edition of The Princeton Review's annual book. It is one of about 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes the annual guides, “The Complete Book of Colleges” and “The Best Northeastern Colleges.” The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.