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Moravian Named a “Best College” by The Princeton Review

Bethlehem, Pa., August 5, 2014—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 2015 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review). View The Princeton Review's profile on Moravian College.

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. 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 130,000 students attending the colleges.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher and author of "The Best 379 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,” that “challenge student academically “ The quotes are from Moravian students the Company surveyed for the book, that characterized it as a “small school with a friendly atmosphere and supportive environment.” Among student comments about their campus experiences, 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.” And another students says, “Moravian is all about engaging students in real life experiences outside the classroom using campus speakers, internships, and field study experiences.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 379 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 130,000 students (about 343 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school's library, career services, and student body's political leanings. Moravian was ranked #15 on the list for Administrators Get Low Marks, based on students' answers to the survey question: "Overall, how smoothly is your school run?" The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx.

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: “Students are happy, great library, and career services are great.”

The schools in "The Best 379 Colleges" also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2013-14 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 78 for Quality of Life, an 92 for Fire Safety and a 84 for Green. Under the “Academic Category,” Moravian was rated a 82 for academic, which includes 70% of 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 379 Colleges" at PrincetonReview.com. "The Best 379 Colleges" is the 23rd 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 liberal arts college, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, that is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, Moravian is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. The College emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates who are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.