Clark is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the college guidebook, "The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition" (Random House $22.99), released yesterday by The Princeton Review and it is one of 218 institutions listed on its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," posted on PrincetonReview.com. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in “The Best 373 Colleges” book, which includes detailed profiles of each college along with ratings for each school in eight categories. The rankings are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (an average of 325 per campus) attending the 373 colleges in the book. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences.
In the University’s two-page profile, Clark students say, “The small size is very comfortable and welcoming," and that "[professors] get very enthusiastic when teaching.” They report coursework is “hard but doable,” and that they are “challenged but not burned out.” Students described themselves as "eclectic," "socially conscious-types”; they said “politics plays a huge role,” and that “[e]very student here believes strongly in something, which makes for an interesting campus." The university’s profile also reports that many students are involved in community service and various kinds of activism. The book also has unique ratings – scores from 60 to 99 – on each college's profile in eight categories including Financial Aid (Clark scored 91), Fire Safety (Clark scored 95), and Green (Clark scored 85): a rating based on environmental commitments. The Princeton Review also lists Clark as one of 218 institutions in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Clark will be featured in the book “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition" (Random House / Princeton Review Books, $16.99) when it goes on sale August 10. Earlier this year, Clark was featured in the “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” a new, comprehensive guidebook that recognizes the impressive environmental and sustainability programs at universities and colleges across the country. The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), released the guide, which features the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, in April.