The Princeton Review Releases Its
"Guide to 399 Green Colleges" For 2018

College of the Atlantic Takes #1 Spot on List of "Top 50 Green Colleges"

NEW YORK, October 16, 2018    — The Princeton Review®
( today released its ninth annual guide to the most environmentally responsible "green" colleges.

The “Guide to 399 Green Colleges” 2018 Edition is accessible for free at It profiles colleges that the education services company names as having the most exceptional commitments to sustainability out of several hundred institutions The Princeton Review annually surveys for this project. The schools were selected based on their academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities and career preparation for students. (Information on the selection criteria follows.) Most of the 399 schools in this edition are in the U.S. Thirteen are in Canada. One is in Egypt and one is in Greece.

We are proud to have published this guide since 2010, but we are particularly pleased to release our 2018 edition at this time as October has been designated National Campus Sustainability Month,  said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. To all students wanting to study and live at a green college, we strongly recommend the outstanding schools we identify and profile in this guide.  

Franek noted that college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among nearly 11,000 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 "College Hopes & Worries Survey," 63% overall said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school. The full survey report is at

On the "Guide to Green Colleges" 2018 edition's ranking list of "Top 50 Green Colleges," the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME captured the #1 spot for the third consecutive year. Among its many distinctions: the school, founded in 1969, was the first college in the U.S. established to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. It became the first carbon-neutral college in 2007 and it has committed to becoming a fossil fuel-free campus by 2030. Already the college has installed solar photovoltaic arrays on its campus.

The top 15 schools on The Princeton Review's “Top 50 Green Colleges” ranking list for 2018 are:

  1. College of the Atlantic (ME)
  2. State University of New York—College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  3. University of Vermont
  4. Dickinson College (PA)
  5. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  6. Colorado State University
  7. Pitzer College (CA)
  8. Cornell University (NY)
  9. Randolph College (VA)
  10. Stanford University (CA)
  11. University of California, Davis
  12. Seattle University (WA)
  13. Santa Clara University (CA)
  14. American University (DC)
  15. Goucher College (MD)

Some compelling facts about the "Top 50 Green Colleges" in the guide are:

  • 23% of their total food purchases are from local sources and/or organic
  • 49% of their waste is diverted from incinerators or solid waste landfills
  • 98% have a sustainability officer and sustainability committee
  • 100% offer a sustainability-focused undergraduate major or degree

The complete "Top 50 Green Colleges" ranking list and full alphabetical list of all 399 schools in the guide are at

Available online since 2010, The Princeton Review's "Guide to Green Colleges" is the only free, annually updated, comprehensive guide to green colleges. The guide's profiles provide information about the colleges' admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body facts and stats. Detailed "Green Facts" write-ups report on everything from the schools' use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

The Princeton Review is also known for its many other college guides including The Best 384 Colleges and The Best Value Colleges , and its dozens of categories of college rankings reported at

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on "Green Rating" scores the company tallied in summer 2018 for 648 colleges using data from its survey of administrators at the colleges in 2017-18. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the tallies for the Green Rating score on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. The Green Rating scores can be found in the profiles of the schools on and in the 2019 editions of The Princeton Review books, The Complete Book of Colleges and The Best 384 Colleges published in August 2018. Information about Princeton Review's Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll (which lists schools that receive the highest possible rating score, 99), is at

How The Top 50 Green Colleges List Was Prepared

The Princeton Review developed the ranking list using data from its institutional survey for its Green Rating and its surveys of students attending the colleges. Ten data points from the institutional survey were factored into the assessment. Data from the student survey included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

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    Note to Editors

    The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief, and David Soto, Director of Content Development, are available for interviews about the "Guide to Green Colleges" and students' growing interest in the environment and sustainability. Contact Jeanne Krier, Publicist, at 212-539-1350 or

    Reporters can view the list of 399 colleges in the guide two ways: