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Randolph College Named One of the Best Colleges in the Nation — Again

Randolph College has once again been ranked as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 376 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories.

“We commend Randolph for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher and author of “The Best 376 Colleges.” “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

Randolph earned high praise from The Princeton Review, which said, “Admitting highly qualified and well-matched students is a top priority at Randolph.” The profile also stated that “Randolph is looking for independent, confident students who place a premium on their educations.”

Students praised Randolph for its “close-knit community” that is “a place where everybody really does know your name, and everyone smiles at each other.”

The book quoted one student as saying, “I decided to attend Randolph because I wanted a school that melded fun, wacky traditions; strong academics; small classes with teachers who really get to know you well; a family-like community; and a school that makes you feel at home.”

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Randolph College, The Princeton Review lists topics that Randolph students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions.

The list includes: “no one cheats,” “great computer facilities,” “diverse student types on campus,” different types of students interact,” and “dorms are like palaces.”

“The Best 376 Colleges” is the 20th edition of The Princeton Review’s annual “best colleges” book.

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.


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