Princeton Review Names SHU Among 'The Best 376 Colleges' and 'A Best in The Northeast' College
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 2012 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 376 Colleges" (Random House/Princeton Review) and “Best in the Northeast” section in its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Also, SHU ranked #13 on the “Best College Radio Station” list.
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’s proximity to New York City “‘enables students majoring in business, finance, media studies, etc. with tremendous opportunities’ for internships.”
Quoting student responses, the guide also indicates, “‘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 admissions process, “Admissions officers at Sacred Heart take the time to consider each applicant on his or her own merits. There’s no formula-crunching here; applicants have ample opportunity to make the case why they belong here on their applications.”
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 ;">2010 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.