ACU makes Princeton Review's 'Best Colleges' list

Posted August 04, 2011

According to The Princeton Review's 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region list, ACU remains among the top colleges in the Western U.S. The publication annually releases a list of the top colleges and universities in the country, broken down by region.

ACU is listed among the top 121 Western colleges based on a wide range of criteria, including academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and the university's "green" rating. The Princeton Review also looks at total enrollment and SAT and ACT scores. ACU rated high for its classrooms and computer labs, as well as the fact that there is a low percentage of cheating.

"ACU continues to receive national recognition for its outstanding quality and unique student experience," said Kevin Campbell, ACU's chief enrollment officer. "Talented, Christian students are drawn to ACU from across the country, and this particular honor is special because The Princeton Review includes student ratings."

Much of the information considered by the Review for its rankings comes straight from the students themselves. Through anonymous surveys, the Review gathers student ratings and quotes, as well as statistics provided by the university, and rates schools in each category on a scale of 60-99.

David Soto, director of college ratings for the Princeton Review, says scholastic excellence was the main criteria for making the list.

"First and foremost, it's academics," he said. "We're looking for academic rigor. After that, we do an 80-question survey with students."

A total of 629 schools are featured on the "Best Colleges" list, representing the top 25% of four-year colleges across the nation.

For more information about The Princeton Review’s rating system, visit their website.