SHU Included in Princeton Review's 'The Best 366 Colleges-2008'

News Story: April 30, 2007

Record number of 7,300 applicants vies for 950 spots in Class of 2011

Sacred Heart University (SHU) is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based company known for its test-prep courses, books and other education services has selected SHU for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of its popular annual “best colleges” guidebook. Titled The Best 366 Colleges: 2008 Edition (Random House/Princeton Review Books, $21.95 paperback), the guide will be available in bookstores in late August 2007.

SHU President Anthony J. Cernera, Ph.D., commented, “This is a ringing affirmation of the work of the University in preparing our students to be leaders in the challenging world around us. It caps a year of historic achievements. These include the naming of our College of Business for the legendary corporate leader, John F. Welch, the recent accreditation of that College by the AACSB – an honor accorded to fewer than 10 percent of business schools worldwide – and the groundbreaking for our beautiful new campus Chapel. The University’s Division I athletic teams have earned impressive victories, and so far this year, we have more than 7,300 applications for a freshman class of 950. Clearly, our best days lie ahead.”

James Barquinero, SHU’s vice president for Enrollment Planning, stated, “The ‘Best’: It’s a little word with big meaning. And Sacred Heart is proud to be listed among The Best 366 Colleges in the United States. Such recognition doesn’t come overnight, and neither does the level of accomplishment that it celebrates. It is a tribute to the long-term efforts of our excellent faculty and staff and a growing and highly qualified student body.”

This year, SHU received a record number of applications for its incoming freshman class. More than 7,300 applications have been received for the 950 member Class of 2011.

Said Robert Franek, V.P./Publishing, The Princeton Review, “Only about 10% of the colleges in America are in this book. It is our flagship guide to ‘the crème of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates. We chose them as our best based on several criteria including: our regard for their academic programs and other offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the opinions of students, parents and educators we talk to and survey."

When each edition is published, The Princeton Review posts the book’s ranking lists and excerpts from the college profiles on its website www.princetonreview.com.