Purchase College is considered one of the best institutions for undergrad education in the country according to the Princeton Review. It is also ranked as one of the best 218 institutions which Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" feature on its website. The education services company features Purchase in the new 2011 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 373 Colleges.
Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four year-colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the Princeton Review's flagship college guide. Detailed profiles include rating scores for all colleges in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.
"We commend Purchase for its outstanding academics which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book," said Robert Franek , Princeton Review's Senior VP Publishing and author of the volume. "Choices are based on institutional data we collect, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and the 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."
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 373 in any category. It's lists are based on an 80 question survey of 122,000 students attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. Students rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them.
The volume also includes ratings based on institutional data collected from the Colleges during the 2009-10 academic year. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 90 and they appear in each school profile in eight categories including: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of a school's commitment to environmentally-related policies, practices and education.
The schools in the "The Best 373 Colleges" are also part of a group of 623 colleges the Princeton Review commends in its website feature "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region." Purchase is one of 218 schools in the "Best in the Northeast" feature.