The Princeton Review has once again placed Niagara University among the best colleges in the northeast.
Niagara is one of 226 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted Aug. 5 on www.PrincetonReview.com.
"Recognition of this manner is a testament to the outstanding quality of Niagara University's students, faculty and staff, and certainly speaks to the depth and breadth of the entire Niagara experience," said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president. "We take particular pride in this honor, knowing that student feedback comprises such a significant portion of the evaluation process. Therefore, this recognition reinforces that our students are very pleased with the high quality of education that they are receiving at Niagara University."
Niagara joins SUNY Buffalo as the only colleges from the Buffalo-Niagara region to appear on the list.
"We're pleased to recommend Niagara University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior VP/publisher. "We chose these as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisers whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
The 226 colleges chosen for its "Best in the Northeast" list are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 155 colleges in the midwest, 124 in the west, and 138 in the southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 643 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own institutions on several issues - from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food - and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review website.
Student comments in the profile on Niagara University include:
"(Niagara offers its students) a friendly learning community (and an education that) is very focused on service and the Vincentian tradition."
"There are also many resources available to us and various classes that are truly staples to helping us with real world situations within our careers."
"Their education program puts you in the classroom in your first year!"
"(Professors are) fantastic and very approachable and knowledgeable."
"There is so much that the school offers: concerts, game nights, movie nights, ice skating, fitness programs."
"Hiking and running along the gorge right across the street is an absolute pleasure throughout the seasons."
"The typical student owns 10-plus purple shirts, is very friendly to everyone, (and) likes to be involved in any/every way possible."
The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.
Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a private liberal arts university with a strong, values-based Catholic tradition. Its four academic divisions include the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. The university also maintains an Academic Exploration Program that provides a learning environment for students who are undecided about their major. As the first Vincentian university established in the U.S., NU prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honor of St. Vincent de Paul.