The Princeton Review reports fire safety ratings for 1,180 colleges for 2015

  • 24 Colleges Receiving Highest Score (99) Named to “Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll”

NEW YORK, August 4, 2014 — The Princeton Review — known for its education services helping students choose and get in to colleges — today reported its annual "Fire Safety Ratings" of colleges. The project, now in its ninth 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 1,180 schools this year based on data it collected from its surveys of school administrators in 2013–14 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 the profiles of the schools in the 2015 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks: The Best 379 Colleges on sale tomorrow, August 5 ($23.99), and The Complete Book of Colleges on sale July 15 ($26.99), published by Random House.

The Princeton Review's “2015 Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll”

Twenty-four colleges that received the highest possible score (99) in this year's tallies made The Princeton Review's “2015 Fire Safety Honor Roll.” The list, which appears in The Best 379 Colleges book and online at The Princeton Review's Fire Safety Aid Honor Roll list. It includes (in alphabetical order):

  • Bay Path College (Longmeadow, MA)
  • Bentley University (Waltham, MA)
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
  • City University of New York — Hunter College (New York, NY)
  • City University of New York — Queens College (New York, NY)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Five Towns College (Dix Hills, NY)
  • Florida College (Temple Terrace, FL)
  • Husson University (Bangor, ME)
  • Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
  • Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
  • Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Butte, MT)
  • Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
  • Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)
  • Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, VA)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (Farmington, ME)
  • University of Maine — Fort Kent (Fort Kent, ME)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (Morris MN)
  • The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Pembroke, NC)

Said Robert Franek, Princeton 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. 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.

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 2013-14 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. 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's College Review ranking lists.

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 130,000 students attending the schools in its book, The Best 379 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 The Princeton Review's College Review ranking lists.

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