New College named top college in Princeton Review

SARASOTA — The Princeton Review has named New College one of the country’s best colleges for the 11th consecutive year in its The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition college review.

New College is one of 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges profiled in the book and was ranked No. 3 on The Princeton Review’s annual “100 Best Value Colleges” in February. The Best 377 Colleges includes detailed college profiles with rating scores (60 to 99) for all schools in eight categories. The rating scores are based primarily on institutional data collected during the 2011-12 academic year and/or student surveys. New College received 96 for academics, 96 for interesting professors and 90 for financial aid. “Each of our 377 best colleges offers outstanding academics," says Robert Franek, the book's author and Princeton Review senior VP/publisher. “We don't rank them 1 to 377, because they differ widely in their program offerings and campus culture, and that is their strength. Instead, we tally lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based entirely on what students at these schools tell us about their campus experiences. Our goal is not to crown one college 'best' overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them.”