Saint Anselm One of Princeton Review’s "382 Best Colleges"

July 31, 2017

By Michelle Adams O'Regan

Saint Anselm College was once again named among the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2018 edition of "The 382 Best Colleges."

The college also garnered the following top mentions:

  • 8th in the nation for Best Campus Food
  • 5th for Most Engaged in Community Service (up from 6th in 2017)
  • 8th for Happiest Students (a leap forward from 2017's 20th ranking)
  • 20th for Most Beautiful Campus (new this year)

Saint Anselm was also included on the "Best Northeastern Colleges That Pay You Back" list. Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in this guide.

The primary criterion for selection is outstanding academics. This year, Saint Anselm College received an academic rating of 87 (up from last year's 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 does not rank the colleges from 1 to 382 in any category. Instead, it uses students' ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 137,000 students (358 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 their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school's career services. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list on their methodology webpage.

Additional ratings of Saint Anselm include a campus quality of life rating of 93, which highlights the range of campus activities and experiential learning opportunities available, as well as the college's emphasis on the Benedictine values of hospitality and service.

According to the profile, students call Saint Anselm a "close knit yet academically motivating environment, with countless opportunities to gain internship and other leadership experiences." "Each individual can thrive in some way," notes an English major, and "be involved, serve others, and have a life-long second home." They are inspired by "the generosity of the monks that serve the campus," and are community service oriented. "Never in my life can I recall seeing such a diverse community of people so well integrated and committed to its success as a whole," notes one student. "Students fit in by being Anselmian."