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The Princeton Review places Moravian among the best

According to the Princeton Review, Moravian Collegeisone of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education. Moravian has been featured in the 2013 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges, published by Random House / Princeton Review.

About 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three institutions outside the United States are included in the book. Detailed profiles of these colleges include rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories, based on surveys of students attending the colleges, conducted by the Princeton Review.

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. 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.” Students were in agreement about other things including Moravian’s  … “great computer facilities, low cost of living, musical organizations and the fact that students are happy.”

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. Moravian College is one of 60 schools (16 percent) in The Best 377 Colleges that do not appear on any of its 62 ranking lists.

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 scored 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 74 for Quality of Life, an 82 for Fire Safety and a 71 for Green. Under the “Academic Category,” Moravian was rated a 73, on the same scale, for students graduating within four years. The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in the book at, and explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at this site.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources, and has its headquarters in Framingham, Mass. The Company is not affiliated with Princeton University.