The Princeton Review Again Names Allegheny College Among Best in Nation

"The Best 385 Colleges" book coverAllegheny College has once again been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. The education services company features Allegheny in “The Best 385 Colleges,” the 2020 edition of its flagship college guide.

In its profile on Allegheny, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students surveyed for the guide. Students praised Allegheny for its small class sizes and the opportunity “to mix and match majors and minors from different disciplines.” And faculty at the college are “dedicated to helping [students] succeed and they genuinely want to see [students] do well.” In addition, the college’s required Senior Comprehensive Project was lauded for helping “to bolster resumes and prep students for graduate schools.”

Students also noted that Allegheny is a place with a “very welcoming, judgment-free student body,” with students who are “incredibly involved, engaged, and passionate about what they do.” Students also described Allegheny as a “very active campus” where the “vast majority of people are involved with more than one organization on campus and are extremely invested in their studies and the school.”

Only about 13% of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular publications. The company chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences for this project.

Allegheny also was featured earlier this year in The Princeton Review’s “The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.” In the book, The Princeton Review recommends the colleges it considers the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects, based on an ROI (Return on Investment) rating score that the company developed. The rating consists of more than 40 data points, including institutional data from 658 institutions, surveys of students at those colleges, and data (collected through April 2018) from alumni surveys covering starting and mid-career salaries as well as career social impact.