The Princeton Review Releases "Colleges That Create Futures"
New Book Salutes 50 Colleges That Jump-Start Careers

NEW YORK, September 8, 2015 / — The Princeton Review – known for its many college rankings, admission services, and books that help students choose and get into their dream colleges – today released a new book that salutes the colleges best at helping students get out of their dream colleges and into their dream careers.

"Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom" (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books, September 8, $14.99) is authored by Robert Franek, the company’s chief expert on colleges, with the Staff of The Princeton Review.  

The 50 colleges all have outstanding academics. But the programs and services they offer outside the classroom are, for many students, as transformative and enabling as the knowledge the students gain inside their seminars, science labs or lecture halls. 

As a group, these "Colleges That Create Futures" share distinctive attributes. They have excellent career centers. They offer an array of internship opportunities, cooperative education, service learning, and experiential learning programs. They involve undergrads in collaborative research with faculty. They have strong cultures of civic engagement and support student participation in community service and study abroad programs. Their alumni associations are networking empires. Not surprisingly, high numbers of their students graduate with outstanding job offers and/or are accepted to post-graduate studies at first-rate institutions. 

"Simply put, these colleges are stellar at putting the 'hire' in 'higher education,'" said Robert Franek, the book's author who is also Senior VP-Publisher at The Princeton Review. "We chose and commend them for the extraordinary opportunities they are giving their students for practical, hands-on learning that complements their academic experiences. These will not only enhance their resumes but also fast-track them for successful careers."

The Princeton Review chose the 50 schools – which are profiled in the book in alphabetical order, not ranked – based on data from the company's surveys of administrators and students at hundreds of universities between 2013 and 2015. The school selections and narrative profiles drew on feedback from 18,000 current students and 200 interviews with current faculty, administrators, and alumni.  Each profile includes core information about the college, followed by sections describing its distinctive offerings (i.e. academic programs, career services, campus centers, research institutes, etc.), faculty, and alumni. 

A complete list of the 50 colleges is below. Some of the schools and examples of their programs are:

  • Arizona State: At its “InnovationSpace” collaborative learning facility, students majoring in engineering, business, design, art, and sustainability work in teams that brainstorm and produce prototypes for real world products that “impact the daily lives of ordinary people.” 
  • Duke University: DukeEngage, a remarkable service-learning program, invites Duke students to identify an opportunity to provide a service anywhere in the world. Duke then helps the student act on that mission, assisting with the student's travel, lodging, immunizations, and other expenses.  Nearly 3,000 Duke students have participated in this program and served communities in 78 countries.    
  • Northeastern University:  Participation in Northeastern's cooperative education program –which operates in 114 countries and is one of the largest in the nation – is exemplary on all fronts: 95% of its students spend at least one semester working full time at a company in paid positions. By nine months after graduation, 90% of Northeastern students are employed or in grad school.
  • Washington University in St. Louis has one of the few undergrad entrepreneurship programs that enable students to launch their own on-campus businesses. Approved proposals are facilitated by a campus loan fund, faculty mentorship, access to school mailing lists, and other services. Among the success stories: a student-owned, on-campus bike rental and repair shop.       

The Princeton Review developed this book in part due to a prevailing view among respondents to its "College Hopes & Worries Survey" over the past four years concerning the college-career connection. Among more than 50,900 college applicants and their parents whom the company asked, “What do you consider the biggest benefit of earning a college degree?," the answer choice most selected was "a potentially better job and higher income." The second most chosen answer was "the exposure to new ideas." Third was "the education overall."     

In tandem with the book’s publication, The Princeton Review today launched a “Colleges That Create Futures” resource area at It has articles with advice for students interested in the college-career connection. Among them is an inspiring report, “Unbelievable Hands-On Learning Success Stories” and “10 Fantastic Experiential Learning Opportunities on Campus.” The area also has a quiz students can take for fun. It generates a short list of colleges in the book that might be ideal for various personality types – from “research mavens" and “innovators" to “free spirits” and “change-makers" – based on answers to questions about one's interests and talents.    

"Colleges That Create Futures" is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Penguin Random House ( Others include "The Best 380 Colleges," known for its 62 categories of ranking lists, "Colleges That Pay You Back, " which profiles 200 "best value" schools, and "Paying For College Without Going Broke."   

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50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond The Classroom 
By Robert Franek and the Staff of The Princeton Review. 
Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books 
$14.99  (Canada $19.99) • 326 pages • On Sale Date: September 8, 2015 
ISBN 978-0-8041-2608-3 
Available in bookstores, via online booksellers and


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NOTE TO EDITORS: Robert Franek is available for interviews on the college-career connection or comment on colleges profiled in the book. He can also discuss The Princeton Review’s other projects that rank or rate schools based on career topics. They include the ranking list of colleges with “Best Career Services” in "The Best 380 Colleges" and the ranking lists of schools for ""Best Career Prospects" in "The Best 295 Business Schools" and "The Best 173 Law Schools" guides, plus the company's "Career Rating" scores for schools in those books.  A report on The Princeton Review 2015 “College Hopes & Worries Survey” findings is at       

The Princeton Review's 50 "Colleges That Create Futures"

Alphabetical by school
Alphabetical by state / city / school

Alphabetical by School

Note: the list is in alphabetical order. The schools are not ranked.

Arizona State University
Babson College (MA)
Bryn Mawr College (PA)
City University of New York—Hunter College
Claremont McKenna College (CA)
College of Charleston (SC)
The College of William & Mary (VA)
Columbia University (NY)
DePauw University (IN)
Drew University (NJ)
Duke University (NC)
Franklin & Marshall College (PA)
The George Washington University (DC)
Gettysburg University (PA)
Harvey Mudd College (CA)
Haverford College (PA)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
Lehigh University (PA)
Marist College (NY)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
Middlebury College (VT)
Northeastern University (MA)
Oberlin College (OH)
Pitzer College (CA)
Pomona College (CA)
Princeton University (NJ)
Rhodes College (TN)
Rice University (TX)
Smith College (MA)
St. Lawrence University (NY)
Stanford University (CA)
State University of New York at Binghamton
Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
Swarthmore University (PA)
University of California—San Diego
University of Dayton (OH)
University of Florida
University of Houston (TX)
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
University of Notre Dame (IN)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh (PA)
University of Southern California
The University of Texas at Austin
Vassar College (NY)
Villanova University (PA)
Wagner College (NY)
Wake Forest University (NC)
Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)    

Alphabetical by State

Tempe / Arizona State University

Claremont / Claremont McKenna Colleges
Claremont / Harvey Mudd College
Claremont / Pitzer College
Claremont / Pomona College
La Jolla / University of California—San Diego
Los Angeles / University of Southern California
Stanford / Stanford University

District of Columbia
Washington DC / The George Washington University

Gainesville / University of Florida

Greencastle / DePauw University
South Bend / University of Notre Dame

Babson Park / Babson College
Boston / Northeastern University
Cambridge / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northampton / Smith College
Worcester / Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Ann Arbor / University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

St. Louis / Washington University in St. Louis

New Jersey
Hoboken / Stevens Institute of Technology
Madison / Drew Unviersity
Princeton / Princeton University

New York 
Binghamton / State University of New York at Binghamton 
Canton / St. Lawrence University 
Geneva / Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
New York / City University of New York—Hunter College 
New York / Columbia University 
Poughkeepsie / Marist College 
Poughkeepsie / Vassar College 
Staten Island / Wagner College

North Carolina
Durham / Duke University
Winston Salem / Wake Forest University

Dayton / University of Dayton
Oberlin / Oberlin College

Bethlehem / Lehigh University
Bryn Mawr / Bryn Mawr College
Gettysburg / Gettysburg College
Haverford / Haverford College
Lancaster / Franklin & Marshall College
Philadelphia / University of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh / University of Pittsburgh—Pittsburgh Campus
Swarthmore / Swarthmore College
Villanova / Villanova University

South Carolina
Charleston / College of Charleston 

Memphis / Rhodes College

Austin / The University of Texas at Austin
Houston / Rice University
Houston / University of Houston

Middlebury / Middlebury College

Williamsburg / The College of William & Mary