University of Arizona shines in Princeton Review survey

Above: Dr. Robert C. Robbins is the University of Arizona's president. (Photo courtesy of the University of Arizona Business News | 12 Aug, 2018 |

“Beautiful and very appealing.”

“A perfect blend of long-lasting traditions, strong spirit … and empowering devotion to the community.”

“Committed to providing the most productive and inclusive learning environment for all of its students.”

These are just a handful of comments given by University of Arizona students as part of the Princeton Review’s annual survey of American college students.

The Princeton Review once again listed the University of Arizona among the nation’s top colleges its annual college guide, “The 384 Best Colleges: 2019 Edition,” which was released Monday. The Massachusetts-based education services company is known for its test preparation courses, tutoring, books and various student resources.

“The University of Arizona’s consistently excellent standing in the Princeton Review survey highlights our student experience as one of the best in the country,” said UA President Robert C. Robbins. “We are focused on being a student-centric university that provides not only a world-class education but also an inclusive and enjoyable learning experience. I am proud to be a part of the welcoming atmosphere created by our students and faculty.”

The Princeton Review does not issue overall rankings for the 384 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories, based on the responses of more than 138,000 students.

The UA excelled in campus sustainability or “green” initiatives (94), fire safety (91) and quality of life (88).

The UA also received top marks in admissions (81) and financial aid (80). The overall academics rating (78) is a four-spot jump over the 2018 Princeton Review survey.

In select categories that were ranked, the UA placed No. 4 in Best Health Services and 14th in Students Pack the Stadiums.

The Princeton Review reports that 129 countries are represented among the UA’s more than 34,000 undergraduate students, compared with 112 countries in 2018.

The survey asks students 84 questions about themselves and their school’s academics, administration and student body. The format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons. More information on the ranking methodology can be found at  www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/how-it-works.

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