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    • 23 Colleges Receiving Highest Score (99) Named to "Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll"

    NEW YORK, August 5, 2013—The Princeton Review – known for its education services helping students choose and get into colleges – today reported its annual "Fire Safety Ratings" of colleges. The project, now in its eighth year, offers a measure of how well-prepared the schools are to prevent or respond to campus fires on a scoring scale of 60 to 99.

    The Company tallied the scores for 1,165 schools this year, based on data it collected from its surveys of school administrators in 2012-13 concerning their on-campus housing fire safety and fire prevention practices and policies (criteria follow).

    The "Fire Safety Rating" scores appear in the profiles of the colleges posted today on www.PrincetonReview.com, and in the profiles of the schools in the 2014 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks that go on sale tomorrow, August 6: "The Best 378 Colleges" ($23.99) and "The Complete Book of Colleges" ($26.99), published by Random House.

    The Princeton Review’s "2014 Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll"
    Twenty-three colleges that received the highest possible score (99) in this year's tallies made The Princeton Review's "2014 Fire Safety Honor Roll." The list, which appears in "The Best 378 Colleges" book and online at www.princetonreview.com/fire-safety-rating-honor-roll.aspx includes:

    (in alphabetical order)
    Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)
    Bay Path College (Longmeadow, MA)
    Bentley University (Waltham, MA)
    City University of New York – Hunter College (New York, NY)
    City University of New York – Queens College (New York, NY)
    College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, OH)
    The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY)
    Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA)
    Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Five Towns College (Dix Hills, NY)
    Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
    Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO)
    Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN)
    Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science (Boston, MA)
    Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
    Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, WI)
    Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
    Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH)
    Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria, IL)
    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, IN)
    University of Maine – Farmington (Farmington, ME)
    University of Minnesota – Morris (Morris, MN)

    Said Robert Franek, The Review Senior VP/Publisher, "We salute these schools for their outstanding fire prevention programs. From installing fire alarm systems and smoke detectors to equipping a high percentage of their residence hall rooms with sprinkler systems, these schools demonstrate an exemplary commitment to safeguarding the lives of their students living on campus."

    The Princeton Review developed its "Fire Safety Rating" in 2004-05 in consultation with the Center for Campus Fire Safety (www.campusfiresafety.org), a nonprofit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation's campuses. Said Franek, "We created the rating for two reasons. One: Colleges have varying levels of fire safety, and it is difficult for applicants and their parents to get comparative information about them. Two: We hope to increase the awareness of fire safety on campuses. We urge all college students – whether they live on campus or off – to respect, follow, and take very seriously the fire safety rules of their residencies, frat/sorority houses, and dorms."

    Criteria for The Princeton Review "Fire Safety Rating "
    The Princeton Review tallied the "Fire Safety Rating" scores based on data it obtained in 2012-13 from the colleges in response to its institutional survey that asked:

    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.

    About The Princeton Review College Ratings and College Rankings
    The Princeton Review college ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that the Company annually tallies for hundreds of colleges in eight categories including Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green. The scores appear on college profiles on its website and in its college guidebooks. The ratings are based primarily on institutional data. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx

    The Princeton Review college rankings are lists of schools in 62 categories (in rank order: 1 to 20) based entirely on the Company's surveys of 126,000 students attending the schools in its book, "The Best 378 Colleges." The survey asks students to rate their own schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences at them. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx

    About The Princeton Review
    Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

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    SOURCE: The Princeton Review

    WEBSITE: http://www.princetonreview.com

    CONTACT: Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350, or Kristen O'Toole, The Princeton Review, 888-347-7737 ext. 1405 (kotoole@review.com).

    Available for interviews
    Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, and author of "The Best 378 Colleges," or one of the book's senior editors can discuss The Princeton Review's college ratings or rankings as well as findings from its surveys of administrators, students, and parents on college issues.

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