Hiram College is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 377 Colleges,” which will be released on August 21, 2012.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher and author of “The Best 377 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 30-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.”
In its profile on Hiram College, The Princeton Review praises the school for its academic opportunities and quotes extensively from Hiram students surveyed for the book. ”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 book reads. “As one student points out, ‘Undergrads can work in research with professors here, which is an invaluable skill and great for resumes.’”
Students surveyed praised Hiram for its great athletic facilities, friendly students, interaction among different groups of students, community involvement, safe campus and low cost of living.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category; however, the schools have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2011-12 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. Among the ratings in the Hiram College profile are scores of 82 for academics and 77 for quality of life. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx
The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 377 Colleges” atPrincetonReview.com. Hiram College is also listed on the website as a “Best in the Midwest” college.
“The Best 377 Colleges” is the 21st 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.