Princeton Review names RIT among best colleges
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Rochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2016 edition of its annual book The Best 380 Colleges.
In its profile on RIT, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the university who were surveyed for the book.
According to a summary of student comments, “Rochester Institute of Technology is bursting at the seams with a myriad of fantastic academic opportunities. Students here greatly value the fact that the university maintains a strong ‘focus on innovation’ and heavily encourages ‘collaboration [between] business and technology.’…Moreover, an RIT education isn’t merely theoretical. Indeed, undergrads have many chances to participate in (all) manner of labs and workshops, applying what they study and participating in a number of hands-on experiences.”
The publication also cites “RIT’s fabulous co-op program which allows students to get real-world experience while still in school. And with amazing departments ranging from game design and animation to computer science and biotechnology, your academic needs and interests are guaranteed to be met.” Students were quoted as saying “the majority of professors are engaging and very knowledgeable.” Faculty “know their material inside and out and do a good job explaining to the students.” The publication goes on to say “undergrads also brag that their teachers ‘are all active in their field and/or conduct some sort of research.’” The outcome, students say, is an education that encourages students “to think in new ways and challenge what seems possible.”
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides.
“RIT’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher and author of The Best 380 Colleges. “We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
The Princeton Review is an education-services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. School profiles and ranking lists in The Best 380 Colleges are available at PrincetonReview.com.