Portland State University recently was named by The Princeton Review as one of the best institutions in the country for undergraduate education. Only about 15 percent of colleges in the United States make the Princeton Review list. They include public and private schools, and vary considerably by region, size, selectivity and character.
The education services company will list PSU in its forthcoming guidebook "The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition," which will be available in bookstores in early August 2011.
"Each one is an outstanding institution we highly recommend to college applicants and their parents. In our opinion, these are the cream of the crop institutions for undergraduates in America," said Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review.
With the 2012 edition, PSU becomes the fifth Oregon college or university to make the "Best 376" list. The others are University of Oregon, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College and Willamette University.
The "Best 376" book features a two-page profile on each school and college. The organization uses a combination of academic data, information gathered from Princeton Review staff visits, and opinions from the National College Counselor Advisory Board when considering schools for the book.
It also relies heavily on student surveys. The Princeton Review surveys more than 122,000 students (an average of 325 per campus) at the 376 schools in the book who rate their own schools and report on their experiences. The book features Top 20 ranking lists in 62 wide-ranging categories such as "Best Campus Food" and "Most Accessible Professors." The ranking lists are entirely based on student surveys.
Annually published since 1992, "The Best 376 Colleges" is one of 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House. Information about the book its rankings and ratings is at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx.
About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the largest university in Oregon. PSU's motto is "Let Knowledge Serve the City," and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.