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Moravian Named a “Best College” by The Princeton Review

The Best 377 CollegesBethlehem, Pa., September 27, 2012—Moravian College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review).

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher and author of "The Best 377 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 30-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 Moravian College, The Princeton Review praises the school for its “strong faculty and academic programs” and quotes extensively from Moravian students the Company surveyed for the book. Among their comments about their campus experiences there. “A sophomore says, “I love the atmosphere of the campus,” and another student adds, “I love the kindness and genuine concern that people have for others.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Moravian College is one of 60 schools (16%) in "The Best 377 Colleges" that do not appear on any of its 62 ranking lists.

In a "Survey Says" sidebar in the book's profile on Moravian College, The Princeton Review lists topics that Moravian students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: “Great computer facilities, low cost of living, students are happy, and musical organizations are popular.”

The schools in "The Best 377 Colleges" also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2011-12 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. Rating categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of school's commitment to the environment in its policies, practices and education programs. Moravian College’s “Campus Life” was rated based on quality of life, fire safety and green. On a scale from 60-99, Moravian scored a seventy-four for Quality of Life, an eighty-two for Fire Safety and a seventy-one for Green. Under the “Academic Category,” Moravian was rated a seventy-three, on the same scale, for students graduating within four years. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx

The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in "The Best 377 Colleges" at PrincetonReview.com. "The Best 377 Colleges" is the 21st edition of The Princeton Review's annual "best colleges" book. It is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes test-prep guides for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams, plus "The Complete Book of Colleges," and "Paying for College Without Going Broke."

The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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.