UA Again Named a Top College by Princeton Review

University scores highly in sustainability, quality of life and admissions selectivity in annual guide encompassing 380 institutions.
Aug. 4, 2015

The Princeton Review again has named the University of Arizona one of the best higher-education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education.

The UA is among the schools included in "The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition," the annual college guide released Tuesday by The Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and various student resources.

The Princeton Review does not issue overall rankings for the 380 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories. The UA excelled in campus sustainability or "green" initiatives (93), quality of life (88) and admissions selectivity (85).

In a handful of categories that were ranked, the UA placed fourth in Best Health Services, 11th in Students Pack the Stadiums and 22nd in Top Entrepreneurial Programs/Undergraduate.

The UA also received mention in four unranked categories: Best Western, Colleges That Pay You Back, Green Colleges and Public Schools.

The Princeton Review relies on a survey of 136,000 students. An 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools in several areas and report on their campus experiences. UA students said that their school offers a "great education" in a "relaxed community," and that they appreciate the university's "strong commitment to undergraduate research."

The Princeton Review's announcement follows the UA's placement of 68th by the Center for World University Rankings. The UA's overall score of 53.26 placed it 42nd among U.S. universities on the CWUR list, with high marks for citations, influence, broad impact and alumni employment.