Mar 07, 2010

CNU chosen by the Princeton Review

(Newport News, Va.) - Christopher Newport University (CNU) is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, the widely known education services company. The Princeton Review has chosen the college for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of its popular annual “best colleges” guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition (Random House/Princeton Review Books), which will be available in bookstores in early August 2011.

Said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publishing for The Princeton Review, “We chose CNU as one of our ‘best’ undergraduate colleges based on several criteria we consider when reviewing schools for this book. First, we must have a high regard for their academic programs and other offerings. Second, our selections take into account institutional data we collect from the schools and the opinions of their students attending them whom we survey. We also greatly value the feedback we get about schools from our college-savvy staff across the country as well as from students, educators and parents who use our services and books.”

Says Franek, “Only about 15 percent of the colleges in the nation are in this book, and they vary considerably by region, size, selectivity and character. It includes public and private schools, traditional and non-traditional colleges, historically black colleges and universities, and science and technology-focused institutions. However, each one is an outstanding institution we highly recommend to college applicants and their parents. In our opinion, these are ‘the crème of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates in America.

The Princeton Review's annual Best Colleges guide is the only college guidebook that has both two-page profiles on the schools and college ranking lists of “top 20 schools” in 62 categories. The ranking lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of more than 122,000 students at the 376 schools in the book who rate their own schools and report on their experiences at them. Among the ranking categories are lists of colleges in the book at which students most highly (or least highly) rated their administrators, career centers and athletic facilities. Other categories reflect campus and student body political leanings, race/class relations, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) acceptance, Greek life scene, participation in sports, and religion. Note: The Princeton Review as a company does not rank the colleges in the book hierarchically, 1 to 376, either for academics (the company believes all 376 schools are first-rate, academically) or by any other category.

The book also has unique ratings – scores from 60 to 99 – on each college’s profile in eight categories including financial aid, fire safety and green: a rating based on the college’s environmental commitments. The rating scores are primarily based on institutional data The Princeton Review collects from the schools.

Information about the book, its rankings and ratings is available at www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx.

About  CNU

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small classes as well as an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor. For more information about CNU and its programs, please visit www.cnu.edu.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education. Penn Foster provides career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu). The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

Media Contact:
Lori Jacobs
Director of Public Relations
lori.jacobs@cnu.edu

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