Wabash Gets High Marks in Princeton Review

by Howard Hewitt

August 30, 2012

The Princeton Review has again recognized Wabash College as one of the best institutions in the country for higher education.

Wabash finished high in a number of the Review’s surveys which cover 62 categories. The lists are all part of The Princeton Review’s 21st edition of “The Best 377 College.”

The Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 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 122,000 students (about 324 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 at them.  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.

Among Wabash rankings:

  • No. 12 – Best Classroom Experience
  • No. 5 – Easiest Campus to get Around
  • No. 17 – Everybody Plays Intramural Sports
  • No. 18 – Best Athletic Facilities
  • No. 19 – Most Accessible Professors

"We commend Wabash College 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 Best 377 Colleges. “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.  We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character." 

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University.


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