University Among the Nation’s Best Colleges

2012 Princeton Review names U of R in top 20 lists; Forbes counts Redlands among the top 5 percent of institutions; and Fiske Guide includes school among the best 300+ institutions

Redlands, CA (August 5, 2011)—The University of Redlands is one the nation’s top colleges and is among the top 20 of institutions nationwide for giving students a high level of class discussion and great financial aid, according to college guides released this week.

The Princeton Review’s “Best 376 Colleges” and “Best in the West”

The University of Redlands is among the “Best 376 Colleges” in the nation in the Princeton Review’s list of top schools and in specific categories of the guide, the University of Redlands is ranked #5 on the list of institutions where class discussion is encouraged and # 19 for great financial aid, a list based on students' assessments of how satisfied they are with their financial aid package.

The university is also in the top 121 of institutions in the West in the Princeton Review’s "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" posted at

The 121 colleges chosen for the Princeton Review’s "Best in the West" list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Collectively, the 629 colleges named as regional bests constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

"We chose these as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher. “From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project."

The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. The profiles also have a "Survey Says" list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement.

One of Forbes Best Colleges

In the Forbes List of best colleges, the University of Redlands is ranked 105 among the nation’s top 200 schools, an increase from last year’s spot of 186.

Forbes, which focuses on the quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt in its rankings, also counts Redlands as No. 93 among the best private colleges and No. 17 for best schools in the West.

In the Fiske Guide to the Best and Most Interesting Colleges

The University of Redlands is also included in the updated “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012,” compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske.

The Fiske Guide, designed to give a selective, subjective and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, seeks to give readers the real personality of the institutions based on a range of subjects including student body, academics, social life and financial aid.

“With its innovative living/learning college and strong preprofessional emphasis, this versatile school is one of higher education’s better-kept secrets, and a place where students receive all the personal attention they could want. One student describes it as a ‘small liberal arts college in sunny Southern California with great financial aid packages,” says the Fiske Guide in its profile of the University of Redlands.

Karen Bergh, director of public relations for the University of Redlands, says: “The University’s designation as a top college in these guides, which include students’ voices and opinions, gives further acknowledgement of the value and quality of a University of Redlands education. They can be a valuable resource when parents and students are looking for colleges that are a good fit.”

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