Princeton Review Includes UC Riverside Among Top 379 Colleges in Annual Guide

Just 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book

UC Riverside was included in the latest edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 379 Colleges” Guide. Photo illustration by Ross French

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside is included in the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” The profiles were published online on Monday, August 4, 2014 and the book is available for purchase on Tuesday.

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

The survey includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories. The book also includes 62 ranking lists of top-20 schools in a variety of categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges, an average of 343 per campus.

Only 15% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in what the Princeton Review calls its “flagship college guide.”

“We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges,” said Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president. “We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

UCR was praised widely by those students who participated in the survey. The introduction in the book reads: “Students at the University of California—Riverside are in love with many things—the ‘small class size’ and ‘beautiful campus’ come up often—but the educators here receive the lion’s share of the praise. Professors here are ‘very skilled in teaching’ and ‘have passion to teach and help their students.'”

The campus was also complimented for its diverse student body and commitment to “make the world a better place.” Students were described as “friendly, engaging, outgoing and eager to learn,” and graduates were described as “hav(ing) integrity, accountability, excellence and respect.”

UC Riverside has been a fixture on other Princeton Review lists, including the Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition and The Princeton Review’s annual The Best Value Colleges. UCR has also appeared on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges Guide.

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