Prestigious guide counts the school among the ‘cream of the crop’
For the first time, The Princeton Review will add The City College of New York to its roster of the nation’s best colleges. The prestigious selection earns CCNY a place in The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges” guidebook, “The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition,” published this week.
City College joins five other schools from across the country newly inducted into the guide. “Only about 15% of the four-year colleges in the nation are in this book,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review. “In our opinion, these are ‘the cream of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates in America.”
The announcement of City College’s inclusion in the “Best Colleges” guide comes just weeks after the news that the school rose 200 spots in the ranks of “Forbes” magazine’s list of “America’s Top Colleges.”
“We are extremely pleased that The Princeton Review has recognized City College’s unique combination of high academic achievement, an engaged and accomplished faculty and our vibrant urban setting,” said City College President Lisa S. Coico.
Mr. Franek noted that the educational services company chooses exceptional undergraduate institutions based on several factors, in particular citing the selection committee’s “high regard for their academic programs and other offerings.” Institutional data and undergraduate students’ responses to surveys were also weighted heavily in the selection process.
More than 122,000 students at the evaluated colleges participated in the surveys. The selected institutions vary by size, selectivity, character, and region of the country. “Each college we feature, however, is an outstanding institution that we highly recommend to college applicants and their parents,” stated Mr. Franek.
Among the comments taken into consideration, students noted City College’s “astonishingly low cost,” “profound” diversity and “rigorous academic programs.” The guide seconds this last assessment in its summary, noting that standards for admission to City College are among the toughest of the City University of New York schools.
In spite of the rigor, students extolled the virtues of classes taught by “awesome professors with experience and wonderful careers” who “are available outside of the class, (and) exhibit great love for the materials they teach.”
Students at City College displayed equal affection for the school itself, one of them writing, “I fell in love with the school during open house, and it’s the exact way I imagined after enrolling.”
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