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Eckerd College Featured in 2013 Edition of The Princeton Review's The Best 377 Colleges

posted on 09/05/2012

Princeton Review Best 377Once again, Eckerd College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company known for its test-prep courses features Eckerd in the just-published 2013 edition of its annual book, The Best 377 Colleges. In addition, Eckerd is #11 on the Most Popular Study Abroad Program list (up five spots from last year) and is one of 135 "Best Southeastern" schools.

In its profile on Eckerd, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from Eckerd students surveyed for the book. Standouts include "Eckerd College in sunny Florida ... offers a well-rounded, excellent liberal arts education and a beautiful beachfront environment." Professors tend to "encourage discussion" and "you can build very close relationships with them."

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It 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.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher and author of The Best 377 Colleges, "We commend Eckerd College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria 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 30-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." 

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category.  Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book here.


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

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