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SDSU Among Princeton Review’s Best Colleges

For the first time, SDSU is featured in the publication’s annual listing of top colleges.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO (August 31, 2016) — San Diego State University has been moving up the ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities. Now for the first time, the university is listed as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review.

The listings, which are published in the 2017 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges,” are based on surveys of 143,000 students attending 2500 four-year colleges across the country. Students rated everything from their financial aid to on-campus food, and only about 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges made the cut.

“We are proud that the Princeton Review has recognized the quality of our programs,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “This ranking is a testament to the efforts of our faculty, staff and students and to our campus-wide focus on educational excellence.”

The Princeton Review rated SDSU highly for its admissions, academics, financial aid, quality of life and sustainability efforts. Key indicators in these areas include academic rigor of incoming students, student retention rates, six-year graduation rates, cost of attendance and diversity. The full SDSU profile can be viewed online here.

“San Diego State’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review and author of “The Best 381 Colleges.”

“We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges,” Franek continued. “Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”

“Being recognized for the first time by the Princeton Review is a true testament to the success of our strategic plan, ‘Building on Excellence,’” said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs. “Through our campus-wide collaborative efforts, we have made remarkable progress in our core strategic areas of student success, research and creative endeavors, and community and communication that can be directly linked to the growth of our reputation among national universities.”

“The Best 381 Colleges” does not rank colleges 1 to 381, but rather highlights the top schools in the country. Published annually since 1992, it includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories.

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