The Princeton Review’s annual ranking list was recently published, and it includes seven Louisiana state colleges. However, some schools got into quite unflattering categories. Unlike college lists published by Money Magazine and Forbes, the Princeton Review surveys thousands of students to evaluate colleges based on quality of life, overall satisfaction, and financial aid.
The book published this year, titled The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition, reports the top 20 universities in one of the 62 specific categories. Results are based on the data collected by surveying 130,000 students from 379 colleges. The survey contains 80 questions divided into four sections. Questions ask students about themselves, their fellow students, college life, and staff/administration. Each university is given a score based on answers given by its students.
Louisiana is famous for its rich history, Mardi Gras, French influences, jazz and some nice colleges. Louisiana colleges included in the ranking are: Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Centenary College of Louisiana, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. As mentioned before, some of these colleges were included into several unflattering lists and several complimentary lists.
Loyola University New Orleans is No. 2 in the category “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” for being a college with many students of different backgrounds. It has also been listed as a college with the best newspaper (No. 5), great relationships between students and local residents (No. 6), the best quality of life (No. 16) and the best campus to get around easily (No. 16). Surveyed students described Loyola University as “helping everyone find their niche” and a good place to achieve personal success.
Tulane University is No. 2 in the category “College City Gets the High Marks” and it was claimed to be one of the colleges with the happiest students (No. 4), “Lots of Hard Liquor” (No. 4) and the best quality of life (No. 6). It has also been placed into the list of “Party Schools” as number 17. According to responses, most students of the Tulane University are satisfied with academic and social life.
Students of the University of New Orleans said pleasant things about the rich diversity of student body. They explained that the university welcomes students from “different social and economic backgrounds” and the college gives them an “opportunity to get an education that helps students get a better future.” Nevertheless, according to the Princeton Review, UNO is the college where students study the least (No. 7), it has the least beautiful campus (No. 13) and the least happy students (No. 17).
Regarding Xavier University of Louisiana, one of the students said that the school does not put emphasis at fun and students are more concerned with academic success. In terms of ranking, the university has one of the least beautiful campus (No. 7), low beer consumption (No. 9), poorly rated dorm (No.10) and low hard liquor consumption (No. 14).
Out of those seven, several Louisiana colleges were not included in as many ranking lists by Princeton Review, but comments of their students could be notable. Students of the Centenary College of Louisiana describe it as a perfect place for student-teacher effective interactions. They also describe faculty as “eager to help you succeed in your classes” and “extremely dedicated.”
Students of the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge say that the college is a good place for both parties and productive study. University of Louisiana at Lafayette was described as a school that offers one of the best nation’s programs in engineering, education, computer science and provides “a serious bang for your buck.”
Though The Best 379 Colleges by the Princeton Review does not give detailed information on academic aspects of college life, it could allow students to decide which college could suit their lifestyle the most. The quality of education, dormitories, and professionalism of faculty are the priority for many students getting ready for college admission process. Students planning to attend one of the colleges in Louisiana could see whether these seven colleges included in the Princeton Review’s ranking lists fulfill their expectations.
Opinion by Yevgeniya Migranova
The Princeton Review