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The Princeton Review features Loyola among top colleges in the nation

Loyola press release - August 5, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans was named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.” Among The Princeton Review’s accolades, Loyola is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for lots of race-class interaction, No. 5, and is ranked No. 8 for town-gown relations, which gauges how well students get along with members of the local community.

Loyola is also ranked among the top 20 colleges in the nation for the easiest campus to get around, No. 13, the best quality of life, No. 17, and the best college library, No. 19. The rankings were tallied based on the data from The Princeton Review’s surveys of 126,000 students at the 378 schools in the book.

“It is an honor to be recognized by The Princeton Review, and by our students who were surveyed, as being one of the top universities in America that celebrates diversity and places a high value on our students’ engagement within our community,” said Loyola Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marc Manganaro, Ph.D. “It is also gratifying to have our campus life and our library highlighted so prominently in the rankings. These ratings reinforce Loyola’s continued commitment to enhancing its academic- and student-centered areas of excellence and achievement.”

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 The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. 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 126,000 students attending the colleges.

“Loyola University New Orleans offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and author of "The Best 378 Colleges.” “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list online.

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