Randolph College has once again been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company featured the school in the 2016 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 380 Colleges.
In addition to being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top 380 colleges, Randolph was also recognized as one of the best southeastern colleges and as one of the top 50 green colleges in the country. It also ranked in the top 20 of schools nationally in the categories of “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” and “Town-Gown Relations”.
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.
“Randolph College’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher and author of The Best 380 Colleges. “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.”
In its profile on Randolph College, The Princeton Review praises Randolph for its academic programs and individual student attention, and quotes extensively from students surveyed for the book.
“My professors are amazing!” one student said. “Learning is interesting and fun here, and professors are eager to answer questions and provide resources to supplement lectures and experiments. Often professors list their home phone numbers on syllabi to allow students to contact them outside of office hours. Every professor replies to email quickly, and professors are all very easy to communicate with in the classroom and one-on-one.”
Randolph is also credited for its vibrant campus life and highly active student organizations. Specifically mentioned are the College’s athletics events, campus-wide games like Humans vs. Zombies, the Even-Odd class rivalry, Skeller Sings, and off-campus outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and swimming. “I don’t think I have [been] bored [since] the day I stepped foot on this campus,” one student said.
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.
Randolph ranked #17 in the nation for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” and #19 for “Town-Gown Relations are Great.” The Princeton Review has also named Randolph #46 in the nation for Top Green Colleges.
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.
The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/ranking-methodology.