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Moravian College Named Among the "Best 376 Colleges" by Princeton Review

Bethlehem, Pa., August 3, 2011--Moravian College offers students an outstanding undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features Moravian in the new 2012 edition of its annual book, "Best 376 Colleges." Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are in the book. The book contains two-page profiles of the schools, and student survey-based ranking lists of the top 20 colleges in more than 62 categories. The Princeton Review also posts the book's annual ranking lists on its website www.PrincetonReview.com where users may read FAQs about the book, rankings, and survey.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing and author of "The Best 376 Colleges," "We commend Moravian College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

In its profile on the College, the Princeton Review quotes from Moravian students that were surveyed for the book. The ranking lists in "The Best 376 Colleges" are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the 376 colleges in the book. Moravian received the dubious distinction of ranking 15 among colleges for "low level of political activism." View Moravian's profile (PDF).

The schools in "The Best 376 Colleges" also have ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2010-11 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile in eight categories including: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of school's commitment to environmentally-related policies, practices and education. Among the ratings in the Moravian College profile are scores of 85 for academics and 79 for student life. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx

Moravian College is also included in Princeton Review's "Best Northeastern Colleges: 220 Select Schools to Consider" and "The Complete Book of Colleges," both of which are published in 2011 editions. The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, education, and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.