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The Princeton Review Names Catawba College One of "The Best 378 Colleges"

August 06, 2013

Category: Academics

princeton2014.jpgCatawba College is included as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review in its 2014 annual college guide.

Only about 15% 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, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 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," "Catawba 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."

In its profile on Catawba College, The Princeton Review again this year praises the school for its willingness "to take a chance on some applicants who may not make the cut at Davidson, Duke, or Chapel Hill." The Princeton Review also notes, "Students who may not have been the highest achievers in high school, but are ready to excel at the college level should put Catawba on their list. For students of all stripes with an interest in theater or music, Catawba demands consideration."
Princeton Review 2014 EditionCatawba students whom the Company surveyed for the book were complimentary about their campus experiences, noting "a small close-knit community" and that the school is "melting pot with many opportunities if you reach out for them."   Students also cited the strong honors program at Catawba and noted that the college is "a place where you can truly discover who you are through exposure to a variety of thoughts and perspectives."

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. A new ranking list in this year's edition of the book names the schools at which students gave their school's science/lab facilities the strongest ratings. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at

Catawba earned a place on the following ranking list in "The Best 377 Colleges: Town-Gown Relations Are Great."   Catawba ranked 14th out of the 20 colleges that made this list, up four positions from its 18th place ranking in the category last year.

The schools in "The Best 378 Colleges" 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. Rating categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of school's commitment to the environment in its policies, practices and education programs. Among the ratings in the Catawba profile are scores of 95 for Green and 84 for Admissions Selectivity. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at


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