Hiram College

The Princeton Review recently renewed its endorsement of Hiram College in the new 2011 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 373 Colleges.”

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges 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 top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publishing and author of “The Best 373 Colleges,” “We commend Hiram College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. 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.”

“We know well the value of a Hiram education, but it is especially positive when those outside of our community endorse what we do here,” said Hiram President Thomas V. Chema. “Students and families read these guide books and it’s important that respected voices in the higher education marketplace point to you as an example of best practices.”

In its profile on Hiram The Princeton Review praises the school for its “big-school opportunities in a small-school environment” and quotes extensively from Hiram students the Company surveyed for the book. Among their comments about their campus experiences are: “small classes of no more than 30 students and the intimate nature of the learning [environment] keep us from feeling lost in a sea of students.”

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Hiram, The Princeton Review lists topics that Hiram students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: “athletic facilities are great,” “diverse student types on campus,” and “low cost of living.”

The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 373 Colleges” at PrincetonReview.com. There users can find further information about the book, the student survey, the rankings, the ratings and other features in the book including its “Honor Roll” lists saluting schools with ratings of 99 in various categories, and “Best Value Colleges for 2010” list. The schools in “The Best 373 Colleges” are also part of a group of 623 colleges that The Princeton Review commends (but does not rank) in its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region – Northeast/Midwest/Southeast/West.”

“The Best 373 Colleges” is the 19th edition of The Princeton Review’s annual “best colleges” book. It is one of about 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes the annual guides, “The Complete Book of Colleges” and “The Best Northeastern Colleges.” The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.