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USF on Princeton Review’s Best Colleges List

by Ed Carpenter, Office of Marketing Communications

USF is among The Princeton Review’s top universities in the country, based on Dons’ feedback about university academics, college life, fellow students, and how their college experience helped them.

USF ranked 13th on the College City Gets High Marks list, made the top four-year colleges and universities in the West list, and ranked among the best 380 colleges in the country, according to The Princeton Review’s latest rankings.

“The schools featured in The Best 380 Colleges — our picks of the cream of the crop colleges and universities — comprise only the top 15 percent of all four-year colleges in the nation,” The Princeton Review says.

Students give USF high marks

The Princeton Review’s rankings take a different tack than most. They’re based on anonymous surveys of students who attend the university they’re surveyed about — on average, 350 at each college. Colleges and universities aren’t hierarchically ranked. That’s because choosing the right college depends on many factors and no one school is, in all subjects, for all majors, for all students, the best in the nation, The Princeton Review says.

Among the 80 survey questions were detailed drill-downs about the accessibility of professors, the quality of lab facilities, career and job placement assistance, and students’ love for and connection to San Francisco.

“It’s no wonder that USF students are so positive about getting their education in the heart of one of the best college towns in the nation. After all, we are the university of the best city ever,” said USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., regarding the rankings. “I am very pleased that students have, once again, given their USF educational experience high praise and solid affirmation.”

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