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Monroe Library tops in national survey

Loyola press release - August 4, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company known for its test-prep courses features the college in the just-published 2009 edition of its annual book, “The Best 368 Colleges.”

Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library again was recognized by students as being one of the top college libraries in the country. It ranked seventh nationally in the “Best College Library” category. This is the third year in a row the Monroe Library has made the top 10 list. Topping the list is Harvard University.

“The Monroe Library’s rating is a testament to the hard work of the great people who operate our campus library system,” said Sal Liberto, vice president of enrollment management at Loyola. “They are thoughtful and collaborative in their approach, always placing the work of students and faculty at the center of their planning. They always seem to be anticipating research needs, and this bodes beautifully for the future of scholarship on our campus.”

Loyola also ranked 16th among the colleges in the category of “Town-Gown Relations,” which recognizes positive student-community relations. Last year, Loyola ranked 20th.

“Loyola is known for its commitment to this great city; we reveal New Orleans to our students in our classrooms, and extol its culture in our programming,” Liberto continued. “Given the depth of our century-long partnership, Loyola is not just in New Orleans, but, is of New Orleans. Our campus works very hard, through organizations like LUCAP and our Executive Mentoring Program, to ensure that learning is not limited to the classroom. Our Town-Gown Relations rating suggests, correctly, that our blackboards have no boundaries.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges 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.

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

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president for publishing, “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 year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

The ranking lists in "The Best 368 Colleges" are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 120,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the 368 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 at them. 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, race/class relations, sports interests, and other aspects of campus life. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book 1 to 368 in any category, nor do the rankings reflect The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools.

The Best 368 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