Marist One of "The Best 378 Colleges"

College included in The Princeton Review Guide for eleventh straight year

POUGHKEEPSIE (Aug. 6, 2013) – Marist College is again one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Marist is featured in “The Best 378 Colleges,” the eleventh consecutive year it has been recognized in the respected annual college guide.

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the United States 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 based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges. Best 378 Colleges cover

Under the “Students Say ‘…’” section of Marist’s entry, the guide says, quoting Marist students: “While students are undoubtedly drawn to Marist College’s ‘beautiful campus on the Hudson’ and ‘magnificent scenery,’ it is the private school’s abundance of academic offerings that really gets students excited.”

Elsewhere, students praise Marist's “unbelievable study abroad programs" and remark of Marist faculty members, “They are always inclusive in class discussions, and they have a zest and spark for what they’re teaching us.”

According to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior Vice President/Publisher and author of "The Best 378 Colleges," Marist College’s outstanding academic reputation is the primary driver for its inclusion on the list. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys,” Franek says. “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 in any category. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 126,000 students (about 333 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid.

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