College Receives Impressive 98 out of 99 Academic Rating from Princeton Review

Marlboro College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 379 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. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories.

Says Rob Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of “The Best 379 Colleges,” “Marlboro offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book.”

“We’re delighted to again see Marlboro College recognized for its academic rigor,” said Matthew Barone, director of marketing & communications. “Thanks to our strong mission, students here continue to engage in deep exploration of their interests and discover themselves with the support of our intellectual community year-after-year.”

Among the ratings in the Marlboro College profile are scores of 98 for Academics and 85 for Quality of Life. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile. The schools in "The Best 379 Colleges" have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2013-14 academic year and/or its student survey for the book.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 379 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 130,000 students (about 343 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 school's library, career services, and student body's political leanings.

This year Marlboro College ranked nationally #5 for Most Liberal Students, #8 for Students Study The Most, and #12 for Professors Get High Marks among several placement categories.

In its profile on Marlboro, The Princeton Review praises it for its academics by saying “Don’t be misled by Marlboro’s acceptance rate – this isn’t the type of school that attracts many applications from students unsure of whether they belong at Marlboro. Applicants are qualified both in terms of academic achievement and sincere intellectual curiosity.”  The book also quotes extensively from Marlboro’s students surveyed.  Among their comments: “I dictate my own academics at Marlboro; I have the freedom to seriously study most anything.” “There are few classes here in which the professor talks more than the students do.” “The incredibly sharp-witted and compassionate faculty at Marlboro have strong personalities and relationships.”

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