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  • The Princeton Review's College Ratings

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    Academics | Admissions Selectivity | Financial Aid
    Fire Safety | Quality of Life | Green

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    Total Enrollment | Middle ACT Scores | Middle SAT Critical Reading
    Middle SAT Math | Middle SAT Writing 

    Academics

    A measure of how hard students work and how much they get back for their efforts, on a scale of 60–99. This rating is calculated from student survey results and statistical information reported by administrators. Factors weighed include how many hours students study outside of the classroom and the quality of students the school attracts. We also considered students' assessments of their professors, class size, student–teacher ratio, use of teaching assistants, amount of class discussion, registration and resources. An Academic Rating of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) means that the school did not report to us a sufficient number of the statistics that go into our rating tally.

    Admissions Selectivity

    A measure of how competitive admissions are at the school, on a scale of 60–99. This rating is determined by several institutionally reported factors, including the class rank, average standardized test scores and the average high school GPA of entering freshmen; the percentage of students who hail from out of state; and the percentage of applicants accepted. An Admissions Selectivity Rating of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) means that the school did not report to us a sufficient number of the statistics that go into our rating tally.

    Financial Aid

    A measure of how much financial aid a school awards and how satisfied students are with that aid, on a scale of 60–99. This rating is based on school-reported data on the percentage of students who were determined to have need and received aid, the percentage of need met for those students and the percentage of students whose need was fully met. Student survey data that measures students' satisfaction with the financial aid they receive is also considered. A Financial Aid Rating of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) means that the school did not report to us a sufficient number of the statistics that go into our rating tally.

    Fire Safety

    A measure of how well prepared a school is to prevent or respond to campus fires, on a scale of 60–99.

    We asked the schools to answer several questions about their efforts to ensure fire safety for campus residents. We developed the questions in consultation with the Center for Campus Fire Safety (www.campusfiresafety.org), a nonprofit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire on our nation's campuses. The questions cover:

    1) The percentage of student housing sleeping rooms protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system with a fire sprinkler head located in the individual sleeping rooms.

    2) The percentage of student housing sleeping rooms equipped with a smoke detector connected to a supervised fire alarm system.

    3) The number of malicious fire alarms that occur in student housing per year.

    4) The number of unwanted fire alarms that occur in student housing per year.

    5) The banning of certain hazardous items and activities in residence halls, like candles, smoking, halogen lamps, etc.

    6) The percentage of student housing building fire alarm systems that, if activated, result in a signal being transmitted to a monitored location on campus or the fire department.

    A Fire Safety Rating of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) means the school did not report to us a sufficient number of the statistics that go into our rating tally.

    Quality of Life

    A measure of how happy students are with their lives outside the classroom, on a scale of 60–99. We weighed several factors, including students' assessments of their overall happiness; the beauty, safety and location of the campus; the comfort of dorms; the quality of food; the ease of getting around campus and dealing with administrators; the friendliness of fellow students; the interaction of different student types; and the quality of the school's relationship with the local community. A Quality of Life Rating of 60* (sixty with an asterisk), means that the school did not report to us all of the statistics that go into our rating tally.

    Green

    A measure of a how environmentally aware and responsible the institution is, on a scale of 60–99. Specifically, it considers 1) whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable, 2) how well a school is preparing students not only for employment in the clean energy economy of the 21st century, but also for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental challenges, and 3) how environmentally responsible a school's policies are. We developed the criteria and questions for this rating with ecoAmerica (www.ecoamerica.org), a research- and partnership-based environmental nonprofit organization in 2008. Some of the questions include:

    • What percentage of food expenditures goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food?
    • Does the school offer programs including mass transit programs, bike sharing, facilities for bicyclists, bicycle and pedestrian plans, car sharing, carpool discount, carpool/vanpool matching, cash-out of parking, prohibiting idling, local housing, telecommuting and a condensed workweek?
    • Does the school have a formal committee with participation from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus?
    • Are school buildings that were constructed or underwent major renovations in the past three years LEED certified?
    • What is the school's overall waste-diversion rate?
    • Does the school have an environmental studies major, minor or concentration?
    • Do the school's students graduate from programs that include sustainability as a required learning outcome or include multiple sustainability learning outcomes?
    • Does the school have a formal plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions?
    • What percentage of the school’s energy consumption is derived from renewable resources?
    • Does the school employ a full-time (or full-time equivalent) sustainability officer?

    A Green Rating of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) means that the school did not report to us all of the statistics that go into the rating by our deadline.

    Total Enrollment

    Total number of degree–seeking undergraduate students. Colleges and universities often enroll students who are not necessarily accumulating credits toward a specific degree. Such a student may be returning to school for professional development, for example, or for his or her own desire to learn. While non-degree-seeking students add elements of diversity to a college or university, their experiences are often different in many ways from degree-seeking undergraduate students, and they are usually fewer in number.

    ACT Composite Middle 50%

    The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above. The middle 50 is the range between the 25th and 75th percentiles.

    SAT–Critical Reading Middle 50%

    The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above. The middle 50 is the range between the 25th and 75th percentiles.

    SAT–Math Middle 50%

    The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above. The middle 50 is the range between the 25th and 75th percentiles.

    SAT–Writing Middle 50%

    The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above. The middle 50 is the range between the 25th and 75th percentiles.


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