BAR HARBOR, ME – College of the Atlantic is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features COA in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges”.
Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book that is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.
“COA offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher and author of “The Best 378 Colleges”. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
In its profile on COA, The Princeton Review praises it for its “political activism,” “green lifestyle,” student happiness, and how “voices and actions count.” Among students, comments are positive and revolve around COA’s faculty having “impressive credentials with diverse backgrounds.” Students also find that professors “are extremely passionate” and expect their students to have the same passion. Many find by the time they graduate that they have “several brilliant mentors” in their professors. COA is a place where students consider themselves “fairly liberal” and “very individualistic.”
“As The Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges” list suggests, COA is more than an institution that generates cadres of highly successful human ecologists,” said COA President Darron Collins. “We are an institution that has challenged the definitions of higher education. We are an ultimately successful educational experiment; our pedagogy – based on the balanced articulation of intellectual curiosity, hands-on and minds-on learning, of learning as part of a community of scholars – our pedagogy works.”
COA is on the following ranking lists in “The Best 378 Colleges”:
#14 Their Students Love These Colleges
#7 Best Campus Food
#13 Best Quality Of Life
#7 Professors Get High Marks
#18 Most Accessible Professors
#13 Great Financial Aid
#8 Most Liberal Students
#2 There’s A Game?
#11 This Is A Library?
#2 Nobody Plays Intramural Sports
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 378 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 126,000 students (about 333 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx
About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.
About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.
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