Saint Michael's featured in 2014 edition of Princeton Review's "The Best 378 Colleges"

By: Buff Lindau

Princeton Review logoSaint Michael's College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review which features St. Mike's in the just-published 2014 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges.

Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book which includes profiles of each college and rating scores in eight categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.  

Saint Michael's is ranked #10 in the national Town-Gown Relations are Great category, and #20 in the national Quality of Life category. 

"We're delighted to be in this popular guide to colleges," said Buff Lindau, spokesperson for Saint Michael's, "particularly because student voices are showcased in the book, and our students have expressed real enthusiasm about their Saint Michael’s experience."

Saint Michael's students have a lot to say about their school and the Vermont area 

Saint Michael's College offers a "close-knit and familial atmosphere" where everyone "will always value and support you." "Small classes" help to ensure that "you are not just another number in a lecture hall." Indeed, the college "really wants to help its students realize their full potential." "There are always socials to [attend], bowling, athletic events, concerts, plays, [and] guest speakers." Volunteering is also extremely popular. And students frequently head to nearby Burlington. "Church Street is crowded with unique shops, fantastic restaurants, and interesting people." The school also counts many avid skiers, snowboarders, and hikers among it ranks. In fact, "Saint Michael's provides amazing ski pass deals and transportation to amazing ski resorts in the area." Many students are active in "social justice movements, green movements, [and] community service" and also frequently participate in "the school's wilderness program." A math and econ double-major sums up, "Every student here is passionate about something, and it shows in their education and in their actions."

Author of The Best 378 Colleges explains the process of assessing colleges

"Saint Michael's College offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP and author of The Best 378 Colleges.  We base our selections largely on opinions from students on each campus, who fill out an 80-question survey rating their schools on several topics and reporting on their campus experiences.  Topics range from assessments of professors to opinions about their financial aid.

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