Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review

Updated February 2020

Rob Franek

Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief at The Princeton Review is a nationally recognized expert on colleges and higher education.  Over his 26-year career, he has been a college admissions administrator, publisher, editor, author, and lecturer. He has visited hundreds of high schools, colleges, and universities during his tenure with The Princeton Review, and he says his interactions with students, parents, educators and administrators are among his most rewarding professional experiences.

Rob is the author of several books, including The Best 385 Colleges  (August 2019),  The Best Value Colleges (February 2020), College Admission 101: Simple Answers to Tough Questions About College Admissions & Financial Aid (May 2018), and  Colleges That Create Futures (May 2017). He is also co-author of  If the U Fits: Expert Advice on Finding the Right College and Getting Accepted (March 2014). All are Penguin Random House publications.

As Editor-in-Chief of The Princeton Review, Rob is publishing director of a line of books that numbers more than 150 titles. Available from Penguin Random House, the line includes test-prep guides, college and graduate school admission resources, and study aids. He directs The Princeton Review's surveys of college applicants and their parents for its annual College Hopes & Worries Survey, as well as the company's surveys of college administrators and students for its annual college and graduate school rankings.

As a lecturer, Rob gives dozens of presentations a year to audiences of teachers, parents, and students. He has given keynote addresses at national conferences, chaired panels at the National Association for College Admission Counseling conference, and delivered commencement addresses at universities.

Rob has appeared on NBC “Today” more than two dozen times, and guested on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR programs. (Links to some of his 2018–19 television interviews are below.) He also hosts popular video series available on YouTube.com: the " College Admission 101 Learning Playlist " and " Ask Us Anything ," among others.

Prior to joining The Princeton Review in 1999, Rob was a college admissions administrator for six years at Wagner College (New York City). He earned his B.A. in Political Science and History at Drew University (NJ), where he serves on the university's Board of Trustees. Rob lives in Manhattan, where he occasionally conducts historical walking tours of New York City for Sweet City Tours, a company he founded. Follow his Tweets at @RobFranek

Rob's 2018-19 television interviews include:

CNBC On the Money with Becky Quick
  Dec 13, 2019 "Small Colleges at Risk" https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/12/13/small-colleges-at-risk.html
  Apr 6, 2018 "College Hopes & Worries Survey" https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/04/06/college-worries.html

CNBC Worldwide Exchange
  Aug 5, 2019 "Best 385 Colleges" https://tinyurl.com/rsxl433

CNN/HLN On The Story with Lynn Smith
  Aug 21, 2019 "College Recruiting" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCY50ImY_qM

NBC TODAY
  Oct 17, 2019 "Best 385 Colleges" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGTNMiJa_EU
  Oct 25, 2018 “College Admission 101” https://youtu.be/VJTAKWJ0jz4
  Mar 13, 2018 "College Admission Scandal" https://tinyurl.com/y35h5kep


Note:  Franek is pronounced "FRAN-ik" 
Contact: Jeanne Krier, Publicist for The Princeton Review,  pressoffice@review.com