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Nazareth College Named to The Princeton Review's Best 382 Colleges-2018 Edition

Published July 31, 2017

Nazareth College is proud to be on the list for another year as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Nazareth in the new 2018 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 382 Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review, August 1, 2017). Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. Nazareth College is also ranked 9th for the Best Town-Gown Relations, which is one of the Princeton Review’s 62 breakout surveys based on what students surveyed at Nazareth reported about their opinions of and experiences at Nazareth. The Princeton Review also posts the book's ranking lists on its website Princeton Review.

The College earns high marks across the spectrum that Princeton Review uses to evaluate colleges. On a scale of 100, the Quality of Life rating is at 92, and fire safety rating at 93, and green rating at 73. Nazareth’s overall academics rate 83, with an 85 rating for interesting professors. The survey says Nazareth students are happy, internships are widely available, students get along with local community, students love Rochester, N.Y.,  it’s easy to get around campus, and that there is an active student government.

In its profile on Nazareth College, Princeton Review quotes extensively from Nazareth students surveyed for the book.  Among their candid comments on the College: Classrooms are filled with “an array of professors that come from both theory backgrounds and real-world experience backgrounds.” The faculty is “by far one of the best strengths of Nazareth College.” Peckham Hall, the new science building, has “beautiful labs” for biology and chemistry, and Nazareth has “great internship and clinical experiences as we get into our later years of school.” The Health Sciences Department is also well known for its top-notch facilities that allow students to run pro-bono clinics right on campus.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 382 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 126,000 students (about 333 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.  Topics range from assessments of their professors 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.

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Princeton Review explains rankings

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.