FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/22/06)
Princeton Review's Annual College Guide, The Best 361 Colleges, Features Centenary College of Louisiana in 2007 Edition
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College of Louisiana offers students an outstanding undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the college in the new 2007 edition of its annual book, The Best 361 Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review, Aug. 22, 2006, $21.95).
Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are in the book. It has two-page profiles of the schools and student survey-based ranking lists of top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories. The Princeton Review also posts the book's annual ranking lists on its website www. PrincetonReview.com where it has FAQs about the book, rankings and survey.
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president, publishing, "We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics. We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from and survey year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."
In its profile on Centenary, The Princeton Review says, "The old saying that dynamite comes in small packages holds true when it comes to Centenary College... small class sizes ... allow for learning to assume the form of a dialogue between teacher and student, rather than the former spitting out facts in a lecture hall and the latter parroting it back on tests."
The ranking lists in the 2007 edition of The Best 361 Colleges are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 115,000 students (about 300 per campus on average) attending the 361 colleges in the book. A college's appearance on these lists is attributable to a high consensus among its surveyed students about the subject. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Ranking lists report the top 20 schools in categories that range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, interest in sports and other aspects of campus life. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book 1 to 361 in any single category. This year Centenary moved from No. 18 to No. 19 on the "Is it Food?" list.
In a "Survey Says. . ." sidebar in the book's profile on Centenary, The Princeton Review lists topics that Centenary students it surveyed for the book were in most agreement about. The list includes: "small classes," "athletic facilities are great" and "Musical organizations are popular."
The Best 361 Colleges is one of more than 200 Princeton Review
books published by Random House. The line also includes The Best Northeastern
Colleges: 222 Select Schools to Consider and The Complete Book
of Colleges, both of which are also now out in 2007 editions. The
Princeton Review, known for its education, admission and test-prep services,
is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.
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