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Nazareth College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Nazareth in the just-published 2011 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 373 Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review, August 3, 2010, $22.99). This year’s edition also ranks The Nazareth College Arts Center on the list of Best College Theaters at #10 in the good company of universities like Yale and Vassar. Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are in the book. The Princeton Review also posts the book's ranking lists on its website .
In its profile on Nazareth College, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from Nazareth students surveyed for the book. Among their candid comments on the college: "Nazareth College is a very personalized school” and “professors care about how you are doing, you are not just a number." Nazareth earned its #10 ranking for Best College Theater with student comments like “all of their (music and theater) productions are always spectacular,” and “I constantly feel like I’m watching a Broadway show whenever I go see one.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 373 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 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own 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 and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book at princetonreview.com