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Loyola University featured in 2008 edition of the Princeton Review Annual College Guide – The Best 366 Colleges

Loyola press release - August 27, 2007

J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library moves up to sixth place

Loyola University New Orleans offers students an outstanding undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the college in the new 2008 edition of its annual book, The Best 366 Colleges (Random House/Princeton Review, August 21, 2007). Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are in the book, which features two-page profiles of the schools and student survey-based ranking lists of top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories.

Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library moved up to sixth place in the “Best College Library” category. Last year, it ranked 10th. Topping the list of “Best College Library” is Harvard. Ranked as number six among the top college libraries in the country, the Monroe Library deserves every accolade. Loyola faculty and staff are dedicated to providing guidance while making resources of all kinds accessible to students. “Having the Monroe Library recognized for its technological capabilities, outstanding ‘student-first’ service approach, and its reach to resources across the globe is fantastic,” says Lori Zawistowski, interim dean of admissions and enrollment management. “On a larger scale, knowing the library serves the New Orleans community through efforts like the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy shows support for Loyola’s overriding commitment to our mission of social justice in everything we do.”

Loyola also ranked 20th in “Town-Gown Relations,” which recognizes students that get along well with members of the local community.

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Loyola University New Orleans, the Princeton Review lists the topics which Loyola students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about. The list includes, “Great computer facilities,” “Great library,” and “Great off-campus food.”

Princeton Review’s Vice President of Publishing, Robert Franek, says, “We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics. We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students, and parents we hear from and survey year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character.”

In its profile on Loyola University, the Princeton Review includes quotes from surveyed Loyola students. Their candid comments include those on the close relationships between students and professors. “[Professors] know students by name,” “It’s not uncommon to stop by their office hours just to chat,” and “They truly care about their students and how we are doing academically and otherwise.”

The ranking lists in the 2008 edition of The Best 366 Colleges are based on the Princeton Review’s survey of 120,000 students (about 325 per campus, on average) attending the 366 colleges in the book. A college’s appearance on these lists is attributable to a high consensus among its surveyed students about the subject. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Ranking lists report the top 20 schools in categories that range from best professors, administration, and campus food, to lists based on student body political leanings, interest in sports, and other aspects of campus life. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book 1 to 366 in any single category.

The Best 366 Colleges is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House. For more information, please contact the Loyola University Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888 or Princeton Review Books contact Jeanne Krier at (212) 539-1350. To review The Princeton Review book’s annual ranking lists, visit

http://www.PrincetonReview.com

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