Monmouth Also Recognized as a Best Northeastern College

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Monmouth University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 373 Colleges (Random House/Princeton Review, August 3, 2010, $22.99).

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

In addition to its place on the list of the best 373 colleges, Monmouth University also finds a place among the 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its Best Northeastern Colleges book and Web site list. These colleges are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 152 colleges in the Midwest, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publishing and author of The Best 373 Colleges, "We commend Monmouth University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character."

In its profile on Monmouth University, The Princeton Review states "the school’s national stature is on the rise, resulting in a more competitive applicant base.” Student comments in the profile on Monmouth University include that it’s "a diverse school with good academics, recognized extracurriculars, and impressive athletes” and “students really get to build great academic relationships with their professors and get the attention and education that they need and deserve."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 373 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review’s opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences regarding them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body’s political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx.

In a "Survey Says" sidebar in the book’s profile on Monmouth University, The Princeton Review lists topics that Monmouth University students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: "great computer facilities; students love West Long Branch, NJ; and campus feels safe."

The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 373 Colleges as well as the best regional college information online at PrincetonReview.com.

The Best 373 Colleges is the 19th edition of The Princeton Review’s annual "best colleges" book. It is one of about 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes the annual guides, The Complete Book of Colleges and The Best Northeastern Colleges. The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA, with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.