Princeton Review Ranks SU Among the Best

2012-08-24
By Mike Thee
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Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor

Seattle University is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book, which is a top go-to guide for prospective students and their parents. 

The Best Colleges guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus rankings of top 20 schools in 62 categories (including the list of top libraries).  

"We commend Seattle University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior VP/publisher and author of the guide. “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 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.” 

Included in the guide are a number of quotes from current students. Here are some excerpts of what SU’s students had to say about their experience: 

  • The “typical (SU) student is committed to academics, involved on campus outside of school, friendly, loves the city of Seattle and [is] environmentally conscious.”
  • “Every student who graduates from Seattle University will have become a well-rounded individual, recognizing the importance of diversity, sustainability, justice, academic excellence, and leadership on creating a better world for the future.”
  • “(Professors) encourage discussion and active participation” (by students, and in turn, students receive a lot of) personal attention from faculty” in “intimate and inviting classroom environments.”
  • “(Professors are also) helpful in finding internships and networking.”
  • “[O]ften times the core classes that I was required to take ended up being the most memorable classes.”
  • “(The university’s commitment to social justice issues is) more than just rhetoric—there are classes structured around specific kinds of service learning.”
  • “(SU) provides a small campus experience in the middle of an exciting big city.”