Princeton Review Names SHU Among 'The Best 373 Colleges' and 'A Best in the Northeast' College
SHU Also Ranks #18 on the "Best College Radio Station" List
Sacred Heart University is one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in the nation and one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 373 Colleges" (Random House/Princeton Review) and in its book "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition" (Random House/Princeton Review Books). Also, SHU ranked #18 on the “Best College Radio Station” list.
In its profile on SHU,The Princeton Review notes the University’s strong programs in business, nursing, physical therapy and athletic training.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. According to the Princeton Review, their “regional best” colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year institutions.
From several hundred colleges in each region, The Princeton Review winnows their list based on institutional data collected directly from schools, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of Princeton Review staff, plus solicited recommendations from college counselors and advisors. The company also takes into account what students at the schools report in an 80-question survey about their campus experiences.
Students surveyed reported that SHU is “full of spirit along with great academics in a well-balanced manner that allows for the best and fullest college experience one could ask for.”
When asked about academics, students indicated that SHU’s proximity to New York City provides those “‘majoring in business, finance, media studies, etc., with tremendous opportunities’ for internships.”
Quoting student responses, the guide also indicates that “‘surrounding towns provide amazing sites for…clinical experiences,’ so many members of SHU’s career-minded student body leave here with solid experience under their belts to go along with course knowledge.”
SHU’s listing in the Princeton Review guide additionally makes note of the University’s new common core curriculum, “focusing on such lofty topics as justice and humanity’s place in the cosmos.” SHU’s common core, “The Human Journey,” has also been nationally recognized by the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U) Core Commitments Leadership Consortium.
Regarding life on campus, students pointed to many community service opportunities. “‘If you’re into community service and volunteering’ — and most students here are — ‘you’ll be in your glory with the opportunities that are available for students.’”
Earlier this year, SHU was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can achieve for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.