The Princeton Review designated California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) a “Best in the West” college in its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was posted in August.
One of just 121 institutions receiving the “Best in the West” mention, CSULB was selected primarily for its excellent academic program, according to The Princeton Review officials. Collectively, there were 629 colleges named to its four “regional best” lists, a total that constitutes only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
“We’re especially pleased with the Princeton Review’s continuing determination that Cal State Long Beach is one of the best universities in the West and, just as important, that we continue to rank among the 50 public universities that Princeton Review considers the nation’s best collegiate values,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.
“This ranking reflects the opinions and experiences of our students and their belief in how their education at CSULB will serve them in their future careers. The fact that students are the basis of the Princeton Review ranking underlies its importance,” Alexander added. “As always, we know that the dedication of our faculty and staff is why students are so positive about their experience here.”
Colleges chosen for the “Best in the West” list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.
“We’re pleased to recommend Cal State Long Beach to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president for publishing. “From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.”
“We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our 80-questions student survey for this project,” Franek added. “Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for its regional ‘best’ lists.”
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. The profiles also have a “Survey Says” list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement.
With each recognized university, the website highlights comments made by students in the surveys in the areas of academics, campus life and student body.
The Princeton Review does not rank the 629 colleges in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the company’s surveys of students at the 376 schools in the book.