UCR Listed Among “The Best 378 Colleges” by Princeton Review

"Flagship college guide" helps many college bound students with early decisions about what school to attend.

Photo shows Jack Eichler with four chemistry freshmen.

The Princeton Review has named UC Riverside as one of the 378 Best Colleges in America. Student surveys are used to help establish which schools are recognized. UCR Strategic Communications.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside has been included in the 2014 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.”

A PDF of the university’s two-page spread in the book can be seen here.

About 15% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in what the Princeton Review calls its “flagship college guide.” The profile includes rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top-20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges. The schools that are recognized in the book are not ranked in any particular order.

“We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys.  We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools,” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and author of  the book said in a press release. “It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits.  We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

The recognition is nothing new for UC Riverside, which has been a fixture on other Princeton Review lists, including  “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition,” the “The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” and the “The Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition.” UCR has also appeared on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges Report and was ranked ninth overall among national universities and first in student service participation in the 2012 Washington Monthly College Ranking, which rates schools based upon their contribution to the public good in the categories of social mobility, research, and service.

The book is available for purchase beginning on August 6, 2013 and is also available online at  www.PrincetonReview.com

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