|UND named one of best colleges by Princeton Review|
The University has once again been named one of "The Best 361 Colleges" in the United States by The Princeton Review.
The designation comes on the heels of an announcement that UND has been named one of the best public universities in the United States in two other recently released lists of college rankings. UND ranks in the top 100 public universities according to the September issue of Washington Monthly, and is also listed among the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
"We are obviously pleased to be included in the list of America's best. The Princeton Review appears to be based on some firsthand testimony which is good and not at all common to all listings of this type," said President Charles Kucphella.
The Princeton Review, which says that UND "offers students an outstanding undergraduate education," features the University in the new 2007 edition of its annual book, "The Best 361 Colleges." Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are in the book. The Princeton Review also posts the book's annual ranking lists on its web site, www.PrincetonReview.com, where it has FAQs about the book, rankings and survey.
"We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president for publishing. "We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from and survey year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."
In its profile, The Princeton Review describes the high quality of UND's academic programs, particularly the aerospace program, and includes quotes from students about great programs in nursing, law, accounting, and forensic science, the only meteorology program in the area, a physical therapy program with a good reputation, and an "awesome" honors program. In fact, as one student put it, "UND is just a great school to go to if you want lots of academic options." Another student said UND is "a nice campus that is full of friendly people and good times. And yet another said, Grand Forks, North Dakota offers a small-town atmosphere, as well as the small-town need for creativity when trying to find entertainment."
Among UND's most popular majors, according to The Princeton Review: several in aerospace, nursing and psychology.