Clarkson University is one of the nation’s top institutions for undergraduates, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features and recommends Clarkson in the new edition of its annual college guide, The Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition.
“We recognize Clarkson for his outstanding academics and his many other impressive offerings,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review and lead author of The Best 388 Colleges. “We are pleased to recommend it as an ideal choice for students looking for their ‘best suited’ college.”
Clarkson is also included on The Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern, Best Value Colleges, and Green Colleges lists and is ranked #15 for Every Plays Intramural Sports, #19 for Top 20 Best Alumni Networks (private schools), and #25 by students ranked for Best Career Services.
Students interviewed for the book say Clarkson is an academic and engineering powerhouse who has consistently brought career-ready, “hardworking and determined” students into the workforce. The school is known for its excellent job placement rate and “the large number of internship opportunities that Clarkson’s connections bring”. “Everyone wants you to be successful and provides you with the resources to do so.” Many courses are project-based, giving students “hands-on skills and hands-on experience that will immediately help them in the workforce.”
Students rave about the Career Center, which hosts two annual careers fairs and “a variety of workshops” to help students find and prepare for collaborations, internships, and jobs. Additionally, Clarkson SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) teams such as Design, Build, Fly “enable students to put their hands-on engineering knowledge to the test.”
In the “Survey Says” sidebar in the Clarkson book profile, The Princeton Review lists topics on which the Clarkson students surveyed were most likely to agree: “Career Services are great,” “Alumni active on campus,” and “Intramural sports are popular. “
The Princeton Review selected the colleges for the book based on data it collects annually from surveys of 2,000 college administrators about their institutions’ academic offerings. In selecting the schools profiled for the book, the company also reviewed data from its surveys of college students attending the schools. Only about 14% of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges are described in the book.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book hierarchically from 1 to 388. However, the book contains 50 categories of rankings. Each list names the top 25 schools (of those in the book) in their category. The rankings are based on polls by The Princeton Review of 160,000 students at the 388 schools in the book. The company’s 85-item student survey asked students to rate their colleges on dozens of topics and to report on their campus experiences at them.
The Best 388 Colleges is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books in a series published by Penguin Random House. The annual book and its rankings have been featured more than a dozen times on NBC TODAY and referenced by many other outlets, from NPR to the Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Princeton Review is an educational services company known for its tutoring, exam preparation, admissions services, books, and other learning resources. It is headquartered in New York, NY and is not affiliated with Princeton University.
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