(Posted August 28, 2020)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. — Juniata College has been named one of the best colleges in the United States in Princeton Review’s latest rankings. 

The list of 386 colleges nationwide includes 29 schools in Pennsylvania and judges them based on a wide variety of categories, including academics and administration, politics, quality of life, and more.

The Princeton Review remarked upon Juniata’s individualized approach to academics and promise of partnership with students.

“At Juniata, students can design their educational plan with the college’s Program of Emphasis. Those interested in a specific established program—something like accounting or chemistry—can use an existing designated Program of Emphasis,” the Princeton Review writes. “All students have the option of working with two advisers. The ‘outstanding education’ is built on a bedrock of strong faculty members who offer ‘superior education through meaningful personal interaction.’ Many agree that they love the attention that each professor gives and that the teachers ‘really go out of their way’ to help students succeed and ‘value student success as much as the student does.’”

Rankings are based on data collected from surveys of 143,000 students at the 386 schools. Each survey has 85 questions separated into four sections. Students are polled on their school’s academics/administration, life at their college, their fellow students, and themselves. Princeton Review utilizes these answers to compute a score similar to a GPA and to tally the ranked lists. 

In addition to the best 386 colleges (an unordered listing), Princeton Review also ranks schools in specific lists based on student surveys. Juniata was ranked 19th for “Most Accessible Professors” and 12th for “Most Popular Study Abroad Program.”

To review the full Princeton Review methodology, visit https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/ranking-methodology.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.