Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Princeton Review's Best 381 Colleges

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has released The Best 381 Colleges — 2017 Edition.  According to the press release, the book contains 62 rankings based on surveys completed by 143,000 students at the 381 schools (375 per school) (methodology here), including these categories:

  • Best (Sarah Lawrence) classroom experience
  • Best (Wellesley), worst (New Jersey Institute of Technology) professors
  • Most (U.S. Military Academy), least U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) accessible professors
  • Best (Virginia Tech) quality of life
  • Most (Rice), least (Montana Tech) happy students
  • Students love (Virginia Tech) their school
  • Most (Rhodes), least (University of Dallas) beautiful campus
  • Best (Elon), worst (Hanover) run school
  • Most liberal (Sarah Lawrence), most conservative (BYU) students
  • Most (Thomas Aquinas),  least (Reed) religious
  • Students study the most (U.S. Military Academy), least (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Most (Vassar), least (SUNY-Purchase) financial aid
  • Most (Sarah Lawrence), least (Wheaton) LGBT-Friendly
  • Most (Rice), least (Catholic) race/class interaction
  • Best (Chicago), worst (Bradley) library
  • Best (UMass), worst (Hampden-Sydney) food
  • Best (Washington University), worst (College of the Ozarks) dorms
  • Biggest (Wisconsin), least (BYU) party school
  • Most (Ithaca), least (U.S. Coast Guard Academy) marijuana on campus
  • Most (Tulane), least (BYU) hard liquor on campus
  • Most (Wisconsin), least (BYU) beer on campus

I am considering demanding a recount: Pepperdine is ranked as only the eighth most beautiful campus. Really?

Pepperdine Campus Photo

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I agree that Pepperdine was short changed. The precedent has been set on how to handle these kinds of situations. Take to twitter at 4 AM and tweet, "The vote was rigged yada yada. People voted illegally. This is FAKE NEWS." Then conclude your tweet with "SAD!"

Posted by: anon JD/MD | May 9, 2017 6:30:22 AM

I haven't looked at the other lists but the "most beautiful campus" list has an obvious eastern bias.

Posted by: Nathan | May 9, 2017 2:01:53 PM