LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Princeton Review this week included Transylvania University in a book featuring the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges.
“We picked the 382 'best' colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics: We highly recommend each one,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and lead author of “The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition.”
Known for its college admissions, tutoring and test prep services, the The Princeton Review surveyed students at the country’s top schools for the annual publication.
Transylvania students said their school is known for its "academic rigor" and "high quality education." Additionally, the university’s grounding in the liberal arts "empowers individuals to … become good, informed citizens."
The Princeton Review also highlighted positive feedback about Transylvania’s professors, who are "exceptional at fostering critical thought,” treat students as scholars, value their input and provide help outside the classroom—including finding them internships.
The book mentioned Transylvania’s welcoming and diverse student body as well. “There is never a day that you don't stop and say hello to someone on the way to class, or recognize a face on campus,” one student said.
Students also noted the benefits of being in the heart of downtown Lexington, including nearby farmers markets and volunteer opportunities. "Yesterday, for instance, I volunteered at the Hope Center, a local homeless shelter which provides clean lodgings and offers free meals to anyone who needs them,” another student said.
In addition to including Transylvania in the Best 382 Colleges list, The Princeton Review listed the university as one of the Best Southeastern schools. Transylvania also ranked second in “Lots of Greek Life.”
These recognitions come on the heels of MONEY Magazine last month ranking the university among the nation's Best Colleges when it comes to return on investment after graduation.