August 29, 2016
Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
Saint Anselm College was once again named among the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2017 edition of "The 381 Best Colleges." The college was ranked 8th in the nation for Best Campus Food (up two spots from last year's ranking), and 6th for Most Engaged in Community Service (up from 13th in 2016), as well as being rated 20th for Happiest Students, and included on the Best Northeastern list. Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide.
The primary criterion for selection is outstanding academics. Saint Anselm College receives an academic rating of 82, based on criteria including student/faculty ratio (11:1), professors' interest and accessibility, and the percentage of students who graduate within four years.
The Princeton Review categorizes and ranks schools based on a survey of 143,000 students nationwide on more than 80 questions about each school's academics, administration, and student body. The ranking methodology uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.
Additional ratings of Saint Anselm include a campus quality of life rating of 92, which highlights the range of campus activities available, as well as the college's emphasis on the Benedictine values of hospitality and service. According to the profile, a typical student at Saint Anselm College is "very well rounded," communicates well, and "can multi-task." Most students engage in a variety of on-campus opportunities, and notes from students surveyed include that Saint Anselm's emphasis on community service make it a good fit for students who want to "become a better person as a whole and create an intelligent and kind community of students." They also call Saint Anselm a "close knit yet academically motivating environment, with countless opportunities to gain internship and other leadership experiences."