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Nazareth College named to Princeton Review’s “Best 386 Colleges” Guide for 2021

Published August 18, 2020

Nazareth College is proud to be on the list for the 13th consecutive year as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles and recommends Nazareth College in the 2021 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges. Nazareth College is also ranked 13th for the Best Town-Gown Relations, and 11th for LGBTQ-friendly, which are two of the Princeton Review's 62 breakout surveys based on what students reported about their opinions of and experiences at Nazareth. The honor also places Nazareth on the "2021 Best Colleges by Region" list for the Northeastern region.

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. Nazareth's overall academics rate 85, with a 94 rating for accessible professors. The survey also highlights great lab facilities, a strong internship program, the ease of navigating campus, and happy students who love Rochester, NY.

In the profile on Nazareth College, The Princeton Review praises the school for the "strength of the faculty" and quotes Nazareth students: "Anyone who has been at Naz can attest to the caring and personable faculty and staff," says one student. These "interesting, insightful, and approachable" professors "want to see every student succeed" and "make time to see students outside of the classroom if they need extra help," fostering "a positive self-image to learn and achieve in all of their students." Nazareth encourages interdisciplinary exploration and tries to structure courses that connect "different fields of study to benefit the students' interests and allow them to pursue fields which would typically not accept differing opinions."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book from 1 to 386. Instead, it reports 62 ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in various categories important to prospective applicants and their parents. Categories of ranking lists range from "Best Career Services" and "Great Financial Aid" to "Professors Get High Marks." The rankings in this edition are based on the company's surveys of 143,000 students at the 386 schools in the book.

The Princeton Review's school profiles and 62 ranking lists in The Best 386 Colleges are posted at, where they can be searched for free with site registration.

The Best 386 Colleges is the 29th annual edition of The Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" book and one of 150 Princeton Review books in a line published by Penguin Random House.

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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.

Nazareth College is proud to be on the list for the 13th consecutive year as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.