The Princeton Review's Annual College Rankings in 62 Categories Due Out Soon on Company's Site & Book, The Best 380 Colleges - 2016 Edition

- Lists Reveal Top 20 Colleges in Categories from "Best Professors" to "Great Financial Aid"

Aug 03, 2015, 12:55 ET from Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books from ,The Princeton Review

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a Princeton Review survey that asked 136,000 students at 380 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences, the school at which students gave their professors the highest marks was Swarthmore College (PA). 

For "Best Career Services," Clemson University (SC) captured the top spot. Princeton University (NJ) was #1 for "Great Financial Aid" while Claremont McKenna College (CA) for the second consecutive year ranked #1 for "Their Students Love These Colleges." That list names the colleges in the book at which students reported the highest satisfaction with their school.

Lists of the top 20 colleges in these and 58 other categories will post today at The Princeton Review has published these rankings since 1992 in its annual Best Colleges guide. The new lists appear in the guide's 2016 edition, "The Best 380 Colleges" (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books, $23.99), that goes on sale tomorrow.

"Our 62 ranking lists provide students with a way to see the types of colleges that could help them achieve their future goals and dreams," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. "Every college in our book has outstanding academics. While our purpose is not to crown one college academically 'best' overall or to rank the schools 1 to 380 on any single topic, our lists provide direct student feedback on the schools' campus culture, program offerings and cost. Our goal is to help applicants choose and get into their dream college—the college best for them."

Other ranking lists in the book and #1 colleges on them:

  • "Students Most Engaged in Community Service" (new list this year) – Brandeis University (MA)
  • "Most Beautiful Campus" – Rollins College (FL)
  • "Best College Library" – Yale University (CT)
  • "Best Campus Food" – Bowdoin College (ME)
  • "Best College Dorms" – Bennington College (VT)
  • "Best Health Services" – University of California—Davis (CA)
  • "Happiest Students" – Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • "Most Conservative Students" – Thomas Aquinas College (CA)
  • "Most Liberal Students" – Marlboro College (VT)
  • "LGBTQ-Friendliest" – Emerson College (MA)
  • "Students Pack the Stadiums" – Clemson University (SC)
  • "Party Schools" – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • "Stone-Cold Sober Schools" – Brigham Young University (UT)
  • "Best Athletic Facilities" – Kenyon College (OH)

The rankings are based on surveys of 136,000 students (average 358 per campus) at the 380 colleges in the book in 2014-15 and/or the previous two school years. The survey ( asks students 80 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology  ( uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

The Princeton Review college profiles also include ratings of the schools in eight categories including: Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green. The ratings – scores from 60 to 99 – are based primarily on data from the company's surveys of administrators at the colleges in 2014-15.

"The Best 380 Colleges" is one of 150 Penguin Random House / Princeton Review books. In addition to its college profiles, rankings, and ratings, the book includes two lists: "Great Schools for 20 Popular College Majors" and a list of 200 "Colleges That Pay You Back." An eBook edition will be available Sept.15, and a new Princeton Review book, "Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom" ($14.99), goes on sale Sept. 8.

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