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AU's undergraduate education among nation's best says The Princeton Review
8/07/14

Alfred University (AU) offers one of the best undergraduate education experiences in the country according to findings in The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges” released this week.

The 379 “best” colleges are not ranked but represent only about 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year, American colleges and four institutions outside the United States surveyed for the publication. Those selected receive an extensive profile including an overview of campus life, student demographics, academics, admissions, and financial facts. The company’s lists are based on a survey of 130,000 students (about 343 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s library, and career services.

“The U.S. News version of the ‘rating game’ has become a joke in which a few thousand of America’s more than 5,000 colleges and universities claim to be highly ranked. It is gratifying, then, for Alfred University to be continually recognized by the Princeton Review, which draws a more critical line of excellence across all categories and types of institutions,” said Dr. Charles M. Edmondson, AU president.  “To be known as one of the best 379 among the 5,000 is genuinely meaningful in a way that requires no asterisks or explanations,” he added. 

“The Princeton Review recognition is certainly welcomed news,” said Dr. Rick Stephens, AU provost and academic vice president. “Prospective students and their families need all the information available as they search for the best fit of academic, co-curricular, and financial means in order to realize their aspirations. Alfred University clearly understands how to weave these important elements together, leading to a truly value-added educational experience,” he noted.

“Alfred University offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” said Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher, and author of “The Best 379 Colleges.” “We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges. 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,” he explained.

“We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character,” Franek added. AU is also listed as one of 225 “Best Northern Colleges.”

AU students surveyed noted the University “is a small school with an impressive range of world-class majors” and they said it’s “easy to take subjects outside your major.” Students surveyed also said AU’s “outstanding, talented, dedicated” faculty is one of its biggest draws. Several cited professors who are “always pushing you to reach your full potential” and who are “always willing to put time into student independent projects.”

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company headquartered in Natick, MA.