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COA on six Top 20 lists in latest Princeton Review survey

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Khristian Méndez | BDN
Khristian Méndez | BDN
Members of the College of the Atlantic class of 2014 celebrate outside Kaelber Hall on the Bar Harbor campus in June. Princeton Review recently named the school "one of the best institutions in the country for undergraduate education."

Princeton Review ranks College of the Atlantic on Top 20 lists along with Bowdoin, Stanford, Haverford.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — College of the Atlantic is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review.

In its 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges,” Princeton Review placed College of the Atlantic in the Top 20 of several categories vital to student success:
— No. 3 in the country in the category “professors get high marks,”
— No. 9 for best campus food,
— No. 11 in “their students love these colleges,”
— No. 14 in quality of life,
— No. 15 for access to teachers and
— No. 19 for best financial aid.

In all, College of the Atlantic “is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education,” according to a news release from the education services company.

Says College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins, “Princeton Review is one of the most trusted and most popular college guides, so we’re very happy to see how well we stack up against other U.S. institutions of higher education.”

“College of the Atlantic offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it,” said the book’s author, Princeton Review Senior Vice President and Publisher Rob Franek.

In its profile, The Princeton Review praises the College of the Atlantic’s “extremely passionate” professors, student engagement and the “stimulating academic experience,” among other characteristics.

“What this tells prospective students is that we are an academically rigorous place that prepares them to do hands-on work, serious research and critical thinking across disciplines,” said Collins, a 1992 alumnus. “We have top-notch faculty, and our students are immersed in their learning.”

In the Top 20 list “professors get high marks,” COA is ranked ahead of Swarthmore, Middlebury, Wellesley, Carleton and Claremont McKenna colleges. In the Top 20 list “their students love these colleges,” COA joins such schools as Haverford College, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University and Bowdoin College. In “quality of life,” COA is ranked alongside Stanford, Dartmouth College and Vanderbilt. In “Most Accessible Professors,” COA is in the Top 20 along with Bennington and Bard colleges and the U.S. military and naval academies.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Natick, Mass, the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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