Colorado State University Featured in the Princeton Review’s College Guide, Â??the Best 361 Colleges’

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company chose Colorado State as one of the best colleges in the new 2006 edition of its annual guide on sale this week. The book features two-page profiles on each college with information on academics, admission, financial aid, student body and campus life.

A complete list of the schools is posted on the Princeton Review Web site at

"At Colorado State University, we are proud of our academic excellence and learning experiences that allow our graduates to succeed in a highly competitive, ever-changing world," said Provost Anthony Frank. "We are pleased that the Princeton Review recognizes these achievements."

On Friday, U.S. News and World Report’s 2006 "America’s Best Colleges" edition ranked Colorado State among the top national universities. The publication listed Colorado State in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, closely ranked with institutions such as Florida State University, Loyola University, University of Oregon and the University of Oklahoma.

From internationally known programs in veterinary medicine and chemistry to national recognition as an institution committed to character building, the academic and co-curricular programs at Colorado State are recognized for their quality, innovation and achievement. Since 1879, Colorado State has been fulfilling the needs of citizens through its land-grant mission of teaching, research and service. Today, Colorado State’s eight colleges encompass the major areas of human knowledge with 150 programs of study –  many nationally and internationally recognized – in the sciences, arts, humanities and the professions.

The Princeton Review selected the schools based on data the company obtained from administrators at more than 360 colleges and surveys of 110,000 students attending them.

"The main factor in our selection of schools in the book was our high regard for their academic programs," said Robert Franek, vice president, publishing, the Princeton Review. "We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students, and visits to schools over the years. We also considered the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we talk to and survey. Finally, we worked to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

Students rated their schools on several topics and reported on their campus experiences. Categories range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, interests in sports and other aspects of campus life.

The Princeton Review, known for its education, admission and test-prep services, is not affiliated with Princeton University or Educational Testing Service.