Princeton Review Names UArizona a 'Best College'

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The University of Arizona has earned a place in The Princeton Review's "The Best 386 Colleges: 2021 Edition," receiving top scores in sustainability (95 out of a possible 100) and quality of life (87).

The university also scored well in the areas of financial aid (83) and fire safety (91).

The Princeton Review also publishes several top-20 ratings for various categories relating to academics and campus life. UArizona earned recognition in the best health services category (No. 14).

"The University of Arizona is proud to offer a world-class education alongside an incredible student experience," said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. "I am glad to see this reflected not only with the rankings but also with so many positive comments from our students included in The Princeton Review."

The rankings are based on data from The Princeton Review's survey of 143,000 students at the 386 listed schools.

Students say that UArizona boasts a "large-school experience but with professors and staff who share the heart and care of a much smaller school." Their instructors "work hard to make these classes meaningful, regardless of the medium" and "guest lecturers are brought into class to demonstrate their expertise and innovative (and) exciting projects."

Survey respondents say UArizona's student body is "made up of many different people from different backgrounds and places." They add that the student population "feels eclectic," with artists, athletes, mathematicians, researchers, performers, performancegoers and dedicated students young and old."

The student survey has 85 questions across four areas:

  • Academics/administration at their school
  • Life at their college
  • Their fellow students
  • Themselves

Students answer by selecting one of five answer choices that range across a grid or scale. The answer choice headers might range from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree" or "excellent" to "poor."

The Princeton Review's eight rating scores are based primarily on surveys of administrators at the schools who annually provide the publication with institutional data requested about their colleges.


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