The Princeton Review Reports Fire Safety Ratings for 1,178 Colleges for 2016

23 Colleges named to “Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll”

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /  — The Princeton Review — known for its test preparation, tutoring and college admission services — today reported its annual "Fire Safety Ratings" of colleges. The project, now in its 10 th year, offers a measure on a scale of 60 to 99 of how well prepared the colleges are to prevent or respond to campus fires.    

The company tallied the ratings for 1,178 schools this year based on its surveys of school administrators in 2014–15 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 that posted today on and in the 2016 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks: "The Best 380 Colleges" (on sale Aug. 4, $23.99), and "The Complete Book of Colleges" (on sale July 14, $29.99), published by Penguin Random House.

The Princeton Review’s 2016 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 2016 Fire Safety Honor Roll. The list, which appears in "The Best 380 Colleges" and online at includes:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Bay Path University (Longmeadow, MA)
  • Bentley University (Waltham, MA)
  • Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY)
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA)
  • Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Five Towns College (Dix Hills, NY)
  • Framingham State University (Framingham, MA)
  • Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
  • Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO)
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania (Millersville, PA)
  • Mount St. Joseph University (Cincinnati, OH)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
  • Penn State University  (University Park, PA)
  • Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH)
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (St. Mary's, IN)
  • Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton, TX)
  • University of Maine – Fort Kent (Fort Kent, ME)
  • University of Minnesota, Crookston (Crookston, MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (Morris, MN)
  • University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, CT)

"We salute these colleges for their outstanding fire prevention programs," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher.  "From installing fire alarms 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. We urge all college students to respect and follow the fire safety rules of their residencies wherever they live — on-campus or off-campus." 

The Princeton Review developed its Fire Safety Rating in 2004–05 in consultation with the Center for Campus Fire Safety ( ), a non-profit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation's campuses.

Criteria for The Princeton Review Fire Safety Rating
The Princeton Review tallied the Fire Safety Rating scores based on data it obtained in 2014–15 from colleges responding to its institutional survey for this project.  The survey 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 site and in its college guidebooks. The ratings are based primarily on institutional data. Institutions that do not provide sufficient data for The Princeton Review to tally a rating in a specific category receive a score of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) in that category. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating at

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 136,000 students attending the schools in its book, "The Best 380 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

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).  For more information, visit . Follow the company on Twitter @ theprincetonrev .


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