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St. Lawrence Named as One of the Nation's Best Colleges: The Princeton Review

CANTON — St. Lawrence University has once again been listed as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features St. Lawrence in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.” The Princeton Review compiles the rankings lists based on the data from surveys of 126,000 students at the 378 schools profiled in the book.

“St. Lawrence offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher and author of “The Best 378 Colleges.” “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.”

With a 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio, St. Lawrence was named 92 overall for academics, 81 overall for quality of life and achieved a 91 overall green rating. St. Lawrence was also named a “Best Northeastern College” and was listed as a "Great School for Mathematics Majors."

“St. Lawrence University is extremely proud of making The Princeton Review’s list of Best Colleges once again,” said Ryan Deuel, St. Lawrence University’s director of media relations. “The results are based on student surveys, which means the rankings are based solely on student feedback. This information is very valuable to us, since the students are who we are here to serve.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges 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 126,000 students attending the colleges.

In its profile on St. Lawrence, The Princeton Review praised the University for its “wide array of academic prospects” and said that its “small class sizes and a faculty who desire achievement play a critical role in the St. Lawrence experience.”

Students who were surveyed characterized St. Lawrence as the “best-kept secret in the Northeast” and said the University provides an “excellent well-rounded liberal arts education” that is “intellectually stimulat­ing, personally enriching, and culturally engaging.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 378 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 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 at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid. 

The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx