Becker College featured in The Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges 2016 Edition
Becker College is, for the fourth consecutive year, one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the 2016 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 380 Colleges.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, it includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.
“Becker’s continued inclusion on this prestigious list as a best college is a testament to the excellence of our academic programs; programs and services dedicated to our students’ transformational growth; and our vibrant campus experience,” said Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. “Students select Becker not only for its nationally ranked programs in animal science, game design, and nursing, but for opportunities to build the entrepreneurial outlooks and global perspectives that will help them be successful in the workplace of the future.”
In its profile on Becker College, The Princeton Review praises the College for its dedication to “helping students achieve their dreams” and quotes extensively from Becker students who were surveyed for the book. Among their comments: the College provides a “personal education,” one that helps students push themselves to do their best, in a “small, close-knit community.”
Said Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/publisher and author of The Best 380 Colleges: “Becker’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants. We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 380 in any category. Instead it uses students’ ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 136,000 students (about 358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s library, career services, and student body’s political leanings.
In a “Survey Says” sidebar, The Princeton Review lists topics that Becker students were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: “students are happy,” “students are friendly,” and “easy to get around campus.”
The Best 380 Colleges is the 24th edition of The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges” book. The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Natick, MA, the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.