St. Bonaventure University has once again been named one of “The Best 380 Colleges” in the nation by The Princeton Review, which cites outstanding academics as the primary criterion for inclusion on the annual list.
Only about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide, which was released today.
“St. Bonaventure’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and author of the annual college guide.
“We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”
St. Bonaventure students told The Princeton Review that the curriculum “puts a huge emphasis on real-world experience in a student’s field, whether it is journalism, business, or education.”
Students also praised university’s “amazing alumni network” and “professors who are always available if you need help” and who “make class both fun and informative.”
St. Bonaventure students described the “increasingly diverse” student body as “hardworking, fun-loving, outgoing, involved in many activities, friendly, and accepting.”
Students also said that despite St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Franciscan heritage, which promotes ethics that are woven into the curriculum, “religion is by no means forced on you.”
With extracurricular activities at St. Bonaventure catering to a wide range of interests, “It’s easy to make friends and find a good fit,” another student said. “The Campus Activities Board always has something going on.”
The guide 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.
Once again, St. Bonaventure’s campus radio station, WSBU-FM, was ranked in the top 5 college radio stations, coming in at No. 5 this year. The station has been ranked in the top 5 for almost 20 years, reaching No. 1 twice.
To read more about students’ perception of St. Bonaventure, go to www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Natick, Mass., the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.
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