Clark University featured in Princeton Review's ‘Best Colleges' guide

August 5, 2015


Clark University has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education. Clark is included in the 24th annual edition of the annual college guide, "The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition."

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges, and four colleges outside the United States, are profiled in the Princeton Review's flagship college guide.

"The Best 380 Colleges" (Random House/Princeton Review) commends Clark University and others for outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for selection of schools for the book. The choices are based on institutional data collected about schools, visits to schools over the years, feedback gathered from students, and the opinions of Princeton Review staff and its National College Counselor Advisory Board.

Clark appears on the "Best Northeastern Colleges" ranking and is number 20 on the "Best College Theater" list, as well as number 3 on "Lots of Race/Class Interaction." And the Clark University profile includes ratings in specific categories (scored from 60-99), including scores of 91 for "Green Colleges," 91 for "Academics" and 93 for "Financial Aid."

The guide includes extensive comments from Clark students who were surveyed about their experiences at the University. For example, students say Clark is "a place where students can focus on their education [both] inside and outside the classroom in a progressive, enlightened, empowering setting," and that they value the fact that they're able to "engage in serious, hands-on … research."

Students quoted also praise Clark's "low-pressure social environment" and the Worcester community, as well as the school's diverse population, where "no two students are alike … we come from all over the world and each have a different story and perspective."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 380 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 in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 136,000 students (about 358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The full methodology for the rankings can be found here.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Natick, Mass., the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Learn more about Clark in the rankings.

Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark's pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark's faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University's motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.