Princeton Review rates Nebraska among nation's best

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Princeton Review rates Nebraska among nation’s best

Nebraska is one of 382 universities featured in the Princeton Review's annual review of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Nebraska's inclusion in The Princeton Review publication was influenced by student opinions, a survey of administrators, academic rigor and campus visits.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is again featured in The Princeton Review’s annual publication outlining the best institutions for undergraduate education.

Along with being included in “The Best 382 Colleges” publication, Nebraska is highlighted on lists for best institutions in the Midwest, sustainability practices, intramural sports participation, and student body support for college athletics.

The new book cites Nebraska for offering a classroom environment with professors who “genuinely care and want students to succeed.” Student responses also highlighted the variety of academic resources and programs available, including the Career Center, Student Involvement, Writing Resource Center and the Honors Program. Students reported that Nebraska’s opportunities for unique academic projects are “endless and strongly supported by the faculty.”

In terms of campus life, students surveyed praised Nebraska’s location, affordability, alignment with the Big Ten, and Husker football program.

“(Students) are proud to be members of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and think that the sense of ‘tradition here is amazing and the support from alumni and the community are awesome,’” the Nebraska profile in The Princeton Review publication says.

While the publication does not rank the institutions overall, it does use a 99-point maximum scale to showcase the strength of campus in eight categories. Among the eight categories (each on the 99-point scale), Nebraska earned a 90 in quality of life on campus; 86 in admissions selectivity; 84 in fire safety; 83 in financial aid assistance; 74 in academics; 73 in professors being accessible; 72 in professors being interesting; and 69 in sustainability practices.

The publication uses the student opinions to make top 20 school lists in 62 categories. Nebraska is featured in two of the top 20 lists that involve student life: Everyone Plays Intramural Sports (14); and Students Pack the Stadiums (13).

Factors that determine a university’s inclusion in the publication include academic rigor, surveys of university administrators, campus visits by Princeton Review staff, and feedback provided by students at each institution.

The 2018 rankings are based on surveys of 137,000 students (an average of 358 per campus) attending the 382 colleges. The survey asks students 84 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body and themselves. The format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

The “Best 382 Colleges” publication includes about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges from outside the United States. Princeton Review has published the guide annually since 1982. Learn more about the publication.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books and other student resources.

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