Hiram College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S.A. 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, based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher and author of The Best 378 Colleges, “Hiram College offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
In its profile on Hiram College, The Princeton Review praises it for its close-knit community and strong student-professor relationships.
“Students come to Hiram College seeking ‘a very community-based environment’ that provides ‘not only a feeling of immediate comfort but also the appeal of being in close relationship with my professors,’ and few leave disappointed,” the description states. “Undergrads here ‘love how involved all of the professors are into guiding the students through not just classes and majors, but future plans and career paths’ and praise the ‘big-school opportunities in a small-school environment.’
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 378 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 126,000 students (about 333 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 assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx
Hiram students surveyed for the book were in most agreement the campus’s great athletic facilities, friendly students and safe atmosphere.
The schools in also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2012-13 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile. Among the ratings in the Hiram College profile are scores of 91 for professors’ interesting rating and 86 for professors’ accessibility rating. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx
The Best 378 Colleges is the 22nd edition of The Princeton Review’s annual Best Colleges book. It is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes test-prep guides for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams, plus The Complete Book of Colleges, and Paying for College Without Going Broke.
The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University.