One of Princeton Review's Best Colleges 2012

Roanoke College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

SALEM, Va. -Roanoke College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, the widely-known education services company. The Princeton Review has chosen Roanoke for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of its popular guidebook, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” (Random House/Princeton Review Books) which will be available in bookstores in early August.

“Only about 15 percent of the colleges in the nation are in this book, and they vary considerably by region, size, selectivity and character,” Robert Franek, senior VP/Publishing said. “Each one is an outstanding institution we highly recommend to college applicants and their parents. In our opinion, these are ‘the crème of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates in America.”

Franek said Roanoke College was chosen as one of The Princeton Review’s best undergraduate colleges based on several criteria: First, Princeton Review must have high regard for the college’s academic programs and other offerings. Second, selections take into account institutional data collected from the schools and the opinions of their students.

“We also greatly value feedback we get about the schools from college-savvy staff across the country as well as from students, educators and parents who use our services and books,” Franek said.

“Roanoke College is clearly on the rise,” Roanoke President Michael Maxey said. “Princeton Review is a wonderful resource for students and parents engaged in the college search. We are pleased to be recognized by them and hope more students will learn about Roanoke’s innovative curriculum and award winning student programs through this book.”

Roanoke has recently launched a new general education curriculum, which eliminates the ordinary introductory courses that most colleges use as their core in favor of new topic-based courses that put the classic liberal arts skills into real-world context. This innovative approach to general education is attracting attention across the country. The Intellectual Inquiry curriculum was featured in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education magazine in fall 2010.

The Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" guide will feature a two -page profile on Roanoke. The guidebook also contains ranking lists of "top 20 schools" in 62 categories. The ranking lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of more than 122,000 students at the 376 schools in the book who rate their own schools and report on their experiences at them. Information about the book, its rankings and ratings can be found at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx

Released: March 15, 2011
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