ASU Charmed with 3rd Straight Princeton Review National Recognition
For the third consecutive year, Angelo State University has been listed by The Princeton Review (TPR) as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, an honor that goes to only about 15 percent of the nation's more than 2,500 four-year colleges.
The education services company features Angelo State in the 2012 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 376 Colleges," released Tuesday (Aug. 2) by Random House.
The annual book is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide and includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based on TPR surveys of students attending the colleges. Angelo State made two of the top 20 lists, ranking No. 10 for "most conservative students" and No. 18 for "everybody plays intramural sports."
Robert Franek, author of "The Best 376 Colleges" and TPR's senior vice president and publisher, said, "We commend Angelo State University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, "Once again this honor is a national acknowledgement of the hard work of our students and the ongoing commitment of our faculty and staff to providing a quality academic and co-curricular experience for all who choose to continue their education at Angelo State. Recognition such as this helps us enhance our academic reputation and move toward our enrollment goals."
Rallo noted that Angelo State is one of only three state institutions in Texas to be recognized by The Princeton Review each of the last three years. This year ASU was one of only four Texas public institutions to make the list. The four state universities were joined by eight private Texas institutions on the list for 2012.
In addition to making The Princeton Review's list of "The Best 376 Colleges," Angelo State was among 121 institutions in 15 western states to make TPR's "Best in the West" section of the guide's "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.
The Princeton Review listings are based on surveys of 122,000 students, or about 325 per campus, attending the colleges in the book. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food to their political leanings.