Princeton Review Names Stonehill to Best Colleges Guide Again

August 28, 2012


Stonehill is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the College in its just released 2013 annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges."

Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book, 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.

"We commend Stonehill for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of "The Best 377 Colleges."

In its profile on the College, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from Stonehill students who were surveyed for the book.  Here are some of the students' comments about their campus experiences:

Faculty: "Professors know who you are and want to help you succeed" and they "challenge you to question: question your readings, your professors, yourself."

Size: "With a great small, interactive classroom experience."

Approach: Faculty teach each student "how to be a critical thinker, and to look more in depth on ideas and topics."

Off Campus: "Stonehill has an amazing focus on internships and studying abroad and is known for having connections in the working world. The internships and opportunities given to students are pretty unique."

A "Survey Says" sidebar in the book's profile lists topics that Stonehill students surveyed most agreed about in their answers to the questions.   The list includes: "Students are friendly," "Students get along with the local community," "Dorms are like palaces," "Students are happy," "Frats and sororities are unpopular and nonexistent," and "Student government is popular."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 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 324 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.

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