USF Featured in 2011 Princeton Review ''Best 373 Colleges''


Jacqui Cash, Provost’s Office



TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2010) – The University of South Florida is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company features USF in the new 2011 edition of its popular guidebook, "The Best 373 Colleges" (Random House). Only about 15 percent 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.


According to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing and author of the guidebook, "We commend USF 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." 


In its profile on USF, The Princeton Review includes quotes from students surveyed for the book. Student comments about USF include reference to its, “very diverse population of students,” and, “We come from very different backgrounds and are all headed in very different directions.” Many students commented on the array of campus activities and noted, “flip flops are a mandatory staple in any USF student’s wardrobe.”


“It is an honor to be included in The Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges Guidebook. Our students are our best ambassadors, so their opinions, coupled with our institutional data, can help introduce potential students and their families to the University of South Florida,” said Ralph Wilcox, USF provost and executive vice president. “While a guidebook should not be the sole source of information for selecting a college, The Princeton Review’s family of publications provides a good foundation for the search process.”


While The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from one to 373 in any category, it does include ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2009-10 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 in eight categories.  Among the ratings in the USF profile are scores of 92 for the Green category and 87 for the Admissions Selectivity category.


The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books, and college and graduate school admission services.  Its corporate headquarters is in Framingham, Mass., and editorial offices are in New York City.  It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.


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