The survey includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories. The book also includes 62 ranking lists of top-20 schools in a variety of categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges, an average of 343 per campus.
Only 15% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in what the Princeton Review calls its “flagship college guide.”
“We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges,” said Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president. “We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
UCR was praised widely by those students who participated in the survey. The introduction in the book reads: “Students at the University of California—Riverside are in love with many things—the ‘small class size’ and ‘beautiful campus’ come up often—but the educators here receive the lion’s share of the praise. Professors here are ‘very skilled in teaching’ and ‘have passion to teach and help their students.’”
The campus was also complimented for its diverse student body and commitment to “make the world a better place.” Students were described as “friendly, engaging, outgoing and eager to learn,” and graduates were described as “hav(ing) integrity, accountability, excellence and respect.”