AU Press Releases

Princeton Review: AU among the 'best' in the nation

Alfred University is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 376 Colleges," released today.

Editors of The Princeton Review say only 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States, and three outside the U.S., are included in the guide, which 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.

Alfred University is also included in The Princeton Review’s listing of the top 220 "Best in the Northeast" section of its Web site feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" that was posted Monday on

"In the competitive world of college admissions, outside affirmation that we are doing what we say we are doing - providing high-quality academic programs for a reasonable price - is extremely important," said Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson. "By citing Alfred University as one of the best 376 four-year colleges and universities in the nation, The Princeton Review is saying the University fulfills that goal."

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior VP / publisher and author of "The Best 376 Colleges," "We commend Alfred University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criterion for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."