Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 15:30

Princeton Review Names Assumption One of the Best Colleges in the Nation

Students Laud Assumption’s Strong Academic Programs, Career Services

Assumption College is one of the best colleges for undergraduate education, according to nationally recognized education services company, The Princeton Review. Assumption is featured in the new 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges, which was released August 5, 2014.

Only approximately 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of the top 20 in 62 categories based on a survey of 130,000 college students.

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In previous years, The Princeton Review—which is not affiliated with Princeton University—named Assumption one of the best colleges in the Northeast that stand out as academically excellent and that have strong regional reputations. This year, however, Assumption, which also has a campus in Rome, Italy, is featured on the more elite The Best 379 Colleges list.

“Assumption College offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher and author of The Best 379 Colleges. “We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges. We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.

“Princeton Review is happy to recommend Assumption College to students as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree,” added Franek.

Assumption College President Dr. Francesco C. Cesareo noted that the College is proud to be named among the best.
“Assumption is committed to academic excellence and values all dimensions of the college experience—intellectual, social, community service and spiritual,” he said. “Through their engagement on campus and in academic and service opportunities in different parts of the country and world, Assumption students are called to be the light that others follow and emulate. Our faculty and staff help spark their flame and ignite the light of intellectual curiosity, passion and service.”
In its profile on Assumption, The Princeton Review quotes students who praised the College for being a “’very welcoming and inclusive institution’” that focuses on giving its students every resource possible to help them succeed and be happy … campus jobs are ‘abundant,’ and the Career Development and Internship Center admirably aids students in finding jobs after graduation. … Overall, Assumption ‘helps foster well-rounded, creative, intelligent and caring young adults to be successful and morally sound in their future endeavors.’”

The profile continues to quote from Assumption students’ surveys: “The 'beyond helpful' professors here are ‘engaging,’ ‘approachable,’ and ‘have a diversity of teaching styles,’ as well as being ‘willing to talk to you whenever you need it and [caring] about your well-being.’ They ‘bring their personal experiences into the classroom’ to make studies ‘interesting and enjoyable,’ and the application of the liberal arts curriculum to small classes means that students ‘receive a greater impact’ from their learning. ‘The professors here at Assumption all love what they do, and it is obvious in the classroom,’ says a junior.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from “1 to 379” in any category. Instead, the book compiles 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on the company’s survey of 130,000 students (approximately 343 per campus) attending the colleges being reviewed. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s library, career services department and campus food.


Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews