Princeton Review Names SHU Among ‘Best 378 Colleges’

News Story: August 6, 2013

“Sacred Heart University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education,” according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The company features the school in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review). SHU also ranked #16 on the “Best College Radio Station” list.

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.

“Sacred Heart University offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book.  We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys.  We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.  It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits.  We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher and author of The Best 378 Colleges.

Citing responses from students, the guide also indicates, The “Catholic intellectual traditions” here are all about “educating the entire individual, be it academically, spiritually or through important experiences” such as studying abroad and exclusive internship opportunities. The focus on tying the tight-knit community and religion into education is a main reason that students seek SHU out, not to mention the benefits of more than thirty Division I programs, country-leading volunteer programs, and a gorgeous campus. “When I toured there I fell in love right away.”

When addressing life on campus, the guide notes the University’s tight-knit community. “Everything is just happy and everyone is so supportive of one another,” says a student. Students “care a lot about their studies” so “the library is always packed.” There is a lot to do on campus that is “free and really fun.”

According to one student, Sacred Heart is a “door holding” school; “it may seem silly but it is nice to know that someone is always willing to help you out.”

SHU’s listing in the Princeton Review guide points out a highlight in the admissions process at the University. “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.”