Austin College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2017 edition of its college guide, The Best 381 Colleges. In addition, Austin College is included in the book’s rankings of Best in the Western Region and in Green Colleges.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. Published annually since 1992, the guidebook includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories: academics, admission selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, and green, a measure of school’s commitment to the sustainability and the environment in its policies, practices and education programs.
Outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose schools for this book and we strongly recommend the schools to applicants,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher, and author of The Best 381 Colleges. “We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges, Franek said. “Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/ranking-methodology.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.