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Santa Clara University Featured in the New 2010 Edition of The Princeton Review Guidebook: "The Best 371 Colleges"

Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2009

Santa Clara, Calif., July 29, 2009—Santa Clara University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company features SCU in the new 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 371 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book.  It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

Student comments about Santa Clara University included praise of the school’s small size, which “fosters an excellent community and strong access to and interaction with faculty,” and recognition that “professional placement in the Bay Area is extraordinary.” Students also cited science, business, and engineering as the school’s academic fortes, along with great athletic facilities and career services.

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing and author of “The Best 371 Colleges,” says that they primarily select schools for their academics, and they also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.

“We make our choices based on institutional data we gather about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from our staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year,” he says.

As in the 2009 survey, Santa Clara once again scored 96 out of 100 for its sustainability efforts.

The Princeton Review’s 62 categories in “The Best 371 Colleges” are entirely based on its survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from student assessments of their professors and administrators to financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body’s political leanings, race/class relations, gay community acceptance, and other aspects of campus life. 

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 8,685 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see


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