For the 12th consecutive year, The Princeton Review named The University of Scranton among the elite schools in the nation profiled in “The Best 378 Colleges,” which became available on Aug. 6. The 2014 edition of the college guidebook profiles just 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.
“The University of Scranton offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools in this book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and author of “The Best 378 Colleges.” The Princeton Review does not rank the schools academically, but does includes detailed profiles of each selected colleges and ratings in eight categories, as well as rankings of the top 20 schools in 62 lists based on The Princeton Review’s survey of more than 126,000 students.
In the 2014 edition, Scranton students praised the University’s “outstanding record for admission to graduate programs, not only in law and medicine, but also in several other fields.” Scranton’s liberal arts curriculum, occupational therapy, premed program and other science programs were also praised.
In addition to Princeton Review’s “Best 378 Colleges” selection, two rankings published in July recognized the University among America’s and Pennsylvania’s best values in higher education based on student outcomes. Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges,” compiled by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, ranked the University No. 290 in the nation based on data about student outcomes, or the “return on investment.” The University also ranked No. 27 among just 81 colleges in Pennsylvania recognized by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online) as providing the greatest lifetime return on investment. U.S. News & World Report has also ranked Scranton among the top 10 Best Regional Universities in the North for 19 consecutive years.