Saint Michael’s again in Princeton Review ‘Best Colleges’

Also makes ranks of 'best' for 'Northeastern' and 'Green' colleges; students cite 'strong academics'

August 18, 2020
Mark Tarnacki
Staff Writer

Review cover 2021Saint Michael’s College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features Saint Michael’s again in the new 2021 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 386 Colleges  (Penguin Random House, $24.99), released August 18. The latest guide also places the Colchester liberal arts college in its “best” rankings for “Northeastern Colleges” and “Green Colleges.”

Only about 14 percent of America’s 2,800 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular publications. The company chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences for this project.

“We salute Saint Michael’s College for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief and lead author of The Best 386 Colleges.

In the profile on Saint Michael’s, The Princeton Review praises the school for its individualized attention to each applicant, writing, “Applicants to St. Mike’s are more than just a number and admissions officers do their utmost to consider candidates in their entirety. Officers consider everything from essays to extracurricular activities, though most weight is given to academic record.”

The profile also quotes from students the company surveyed for the book. Among their comments: “…the college ‘really wants to help its students realize their full potential.’ Many tout the ‘strong academics’ and highlight the education, biology and religion departments in particular. Classes are often ‘discussion-based’ and ‘require a conscientious student who will actively participate in discussion.’”

The Best 386 Colleges is the 29th annual edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” book and one of 150 Princeton Review books in a line published by Penguin Random House. It has been featured on NBC “TODAY” more than a dozen times, and referenced by reporters in publications from Inside Higher Education to The Wall Street Journal.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in New York, NY, it is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Since 1992, the annual “Best Colleges” guide has showcased the schools that the Princeton Review editors recommend to college applicants and their parents as nation’s best for undergraduate academics.







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