Puget Sound is Named in The Princeton Review's "The Best 378 Colleges"

August 5, 2013

College makes 2014 honor roll for "most accessible professors"
and "best science lab facilities"

TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Puget Sound in the 2014 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges, which selects schools chiefly for their outstanding academics.

Puget Sound also makes the honor roll in three “Top-20” listings. The national liberal arts college is listed at number 11 for both “Most Accessible Professors” and “Best College Radio Station,” and at number 20 for “Best Science Lab Facilities”—a new category for the book.

Overall, only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the flagship college guide.

The book quotes Puget Sound students who say that they and many of their peers chose the college partly for its “close-knit community.” Puget Sound professors are almost universally praised.

“All are genuinely passionate about their subjects and accessible for extra help or attention,” one student wrote. Another commented, “They also expect a high quality of work from all the students.” Regarding campus life, a student notes that college attendees are “unique and exciting.” Another writes, “I haven’t ever been in a place that is more accepting of all backgrounds.”

Puget Sound is rated at 93 for academics, 98 for professor accessibility, 95 for interesting professors, 87 for quality of life, and 93 for sustainable practices. These ratings of schools (on a scale of 60 to 99) are based on institutional data and The Princeton Review's surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges. The book includes detailed school profiles, with rating scores in eight categories and Top-20 honor rolls in 62 categories.

"Puget Sound offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book, said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. “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." 

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 378.  The Top-20 lists in 62 categories are based on an 80-question survey that asked students to rate their schools on specific topics and to report on their campus experiences. The basis for these ranking lists is explained at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx. Each school also has rating scores in eight categories, ranging from “quality of life” to “green” credentials. These are explained at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx.

The school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 378 Colleges are posted at PrincetonReview.com.  These are also published in a line of four e-books that break out the 378 schools according to their location.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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