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Purchase College Named to Both The Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges

The Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges, 2014 Edition

Purchase College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2014 edition of its annual flagship college guide, The Best 378 Colleges.

Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book. The guide 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 126,000 students attending the colleges.

According to the guide, the Purchase students surveyed praise the college's diverse courses of study, affordability, "artsy" atmosphere, and the motivation and dedication of its professors. Furthermore, they were almost unanimously agreed that Think Wide Open accurately summarizes Purchase, both academically and socially.

When the students surveyed were asked to rate the college's theater productions, their overwhelmingly positive responses resulted in a #10 ranking in the category of Best College Theater.

"Purchase College offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. 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," says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior VP / publisher and author of the guide.

Purchase Selected for the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges

Purchase has also been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges based on the college's strength in areas such as academics, arts and culture, social life, financial aid, campus environment, extracurricular activities and more.

The selective guide, compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, includes just over 300 colleges and universities out of over 7,000 higher education institutions in the U.S.

According to the description in the 2014 guide, Purchase has an "academic environment that provides a strong sense of community and support, yet celebrates individuals for their unique talents and contributions." Quoting a literature major, the guide says: "There's a raw energy that exists on campus–in the students and professors–that I don't think many colleges have."

Dennis Craig, vice president of Enrollment Management and Marketing, notes that inclusion of Purchase College in the prestigious Fiske Guide "validates the fact that we are providing a well-rounded offering for students, one that allows students to 'Think Wide Open' and provides an excellent education in an environment that offers a very good quality of life."

About The Fiske Guide

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, published for the past 30 years and cited by USA Today as the "best college guide you can buy," is designed to give a selective, subjective and systematic look at colleges, seeking to give readers the real personality of the institutions based on a wide range of subjects. Research, accompanied by testimonials from students, provides helpful and honest information about academic climates and courses.

About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

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