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Nazareth College Named to The Princeton Review's Best 385 Colleges-2020 Edition

Published August 06, 2019

Nazareth College is proud to be on the list for the 12th consecutive 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 2020 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 385 Colleges (Penguin Random House, August 6, 2019).

Only about 13% of America's 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. The company chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions' academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences for this project. 

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 87, with an 88 rating for interesting professors. The survey says that 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 theater is popular.

Additionally, Nazareth College is ranked 12th for the Best Town-Gown Relations and 18th for LGBTQ - Friendly which are two of the Princeton Review's 62 breakout surveys based on what students surveyed at Nazareth reported about their opinions of and experiences at Nazareth.

In its profile on Nazareth College, Princeton Review quotes extensively from Nazareth students surveyed for the book. Among their candid comments on the College: The faculty is noted as "caring and personable" and "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 from 1 to 385. Instead, it reports the 62 ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in various categories important to prospective applicants and their parents. The rankings in this edition are based on the company's surveys of 140,000 students at the 385 schools in the book.

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Princeton Review explains ranking

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.

The Princeton Review named Nazareth one of The Best 385 Colleges, in the new 2020 edition of its annual college guide