Student touts Princeton Review’s college rankings

Recently, the Princeton Review (not affiliated with Princeton University) updated its college rankings lists. This means changes in lists such as “Happiest Students

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3 Responses to Student touts Princeton Review’s college rankings

  1. Megan says:

    These rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. Like all surveys, people often only reply when they have something negative to say.
    Also, the Princeton Review was founded in 1982. They haven’t just been in the news ‘recently.’ They already are ‘well-known.’ They’ve been published every year for years. Some good already has resulted and some schools will strive to make a change, but all realize it is only as reliable as a survey can be. I would caution you to base your college decision solely on what the Princeton Review has to say.
    One thing I learned – no matter where you go – YOU make the college experience. You only get out of it what you put into it. That’s better advice than anything the Princeton Review can tell you.

  2. Nathan says:

    I don’t like the Prinston Review. I found the University of Alabama through the U.S News & World Report’s review because their’s is more accurate.

  3. Kathy says:

    From my understanding of the college admissions process, admissions officers look for students that are the “best fit” for a college and counsel students to look for a college that will “fit” them. With this in mind, students should base their decision on what a college says about itself, what others say about the college, and the student’s own impressions. Rankings such as those provided by the Princeton Review can be valuable in this respect. But, certainly a student should not base his decision soley on these rankings.
    I agree with Megan that you get out of college the effort that you put into it. However, a serious student, who is looking forward to academic discussions with professors and other students, should be leary of a school where “students almost (never) study” or “professors make themselves scarce.” With the high price of college these days, students owe it to themselves and their parents (who foot the bill) to make a smart choice.
    Unlike public high schools, colleges are in competition for the best students. Therefore, colleges should take into account what their own students have to say.

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