NYC Colleges Make Princeton Review’s ‘Best’ List
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NEW YORK – The Princeton Review has released its annual list of the nation’s 385 best colleges, and a dozen from New York City made the grade.
But, along with scoring high on things like academics and administration, politics and quality of life, the list highlights some findings that seems less enviable.
Downtown’s Pace University, for example, ranks second in the country for least accessible professors and third for least beautiful campus.
“We chose the 385 colleges for this edition as our ‘best’ overall, academically, based on data we gathered in 2018–19 from more than a thousand school administrators about their schools’ academic programs and offerings,” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the lead author of the report, said.
“We are well aware, however, that applicants need more than an academic assessment to choose the colleges best for them,” Franek said. “We created our dozens of ranking lists specifically to facilitate that search. We tally our lists using data we gather directly from our surveys of students attending these colleges. Our survey asks the students about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and other facets of life at their schools.”
On the overall list of the best 385 colleges, the Princeton Review says the colleges aren’t ranked in order from No.1 to No.385. Colleges are ranked on the more specific lists like “best campus food,” “best college newspaper” and “party schools.”
In all, there are 62 of these lists and each list includes a ranking of the top 20 colleges in that category.
The New York City colleges on the overall best 385 schools list are:
Bronx Fordham University
(Also ranked in these categories: Everyone Plays Intramural Sports; Is It Food?; Best College Radio Station.)
City University of New York – Brooklyn College
New York Barnard College
New York City University of New York – Baruch College
(Also ranked in these categories: Got Milk?; Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch; College City Gets High Marks; Don’t Inhale; Stone-Cold Sober Schools; Least Beautiful Campus.)
New York City University of New York – Hunter College
(Also ranked in these categories: Got Milk?; Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch; Don’t Inhale; Least Beautiful Campus; Stone-Cold Sober Schools; This is a Library?; Least Happy Students; Is It Food?)
New York Columbia University
(Also ranked in these categories: College City Gets High Marks; Best College Library; Most Politically Active Students; Best College Newspaper; Best College Radio Station; Least Religious Students; Best College Dorms; Best College Theater.)
New York University
(Also ranked in these categories: Financial Aid Not So Great; College City Gets High Marks.)
(Also ranked in these categories: Least Accessible Professors; Least Beautiful Campus; Nobody Plays Intramural Sports; Least Happy Students; This is a Library?; Professors Get Low Marks; Administrators Get Low Marks.)
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
(Also ranked in these categories: Is That a Dorm?; Administrators Get Low Marks; Nobody Plays Intramural Sports; College City Gets High Marks; Students Study the Most; Least Beautiful Campus; There’s a Game?)
Queens College of the City University of New York
(Also ranked in these categories: Administrators Get Low Marks; Least Happy Students; Got Milk?; Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch; Most Religious Students
Queens St. John’s University
Riverdale Manhattan College
Staten Island Wagner College
(Also ranked in these categories: Best College Theater; Election? What Election?; Is That a Dorm?)
Princeton Review says the colleges on the best 385 list are selected primarily based on the organization’s “high opinion of their academics.” Princeton Review closely analyzes more than 2,000 schools and collects feedback from students, educators, parents and advisors. The 62 specific lists that rank the top 20 schools in each category are compiled using a student survey.
Read the full Princeton Review methodology and see the schools ranked in each of the 62 lists.