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Nazareth 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 2012 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 376 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review, August 2, 2011, $22.99). This year’s edition also ranks Nazareth College as Town-Gown Relations Are Great at #14. Only about 15% 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. The Princeton Review also posts the book's ranking lists on its website The Princeton Review.
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 in 2010 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 376 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 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 and at www.princetonreview.com
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.