California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has been designated one of the best colleges in the West by The Princeton Review, the nationally known education services company.
The Long Beach campus is one of 122 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature the “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was posted earlier today (Aug. 20) on PrincetonReview.com.
In the profile on CSULB on its site, The Princeton Review describes the college as “very large and diverse,” “affordable to virtually anyone,” and “geared toward preparing students to enter the real world,” which are quotes that come directly from students who have or are attending the university.
In all, there were 633 colleges named “regional bests,” which represents about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
“The Princeton Review’s continuing determination that Cal State Long Beach is one of the best universities in the West is a direct result of the efforts and dedication of the campus’ faculty and staff,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “This ranking reflects the opinions and experiences of our students and their belief in how their education at CSULB will serve them in their future careers. The fact that students are the basis of The Princeton Review ranking underlies its importance.”
Alexander also proudly noted that The Princeton Review named CSULB one of the nation’s “Best Value” public colleges and universities earlier this year. Only 75 public institutions across the country were by selected to this list.
Colleges chosen for the “Best in the West” list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 222 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the 2013 “Region by Region” lists.
“We’re pleased to recommend Cal State Long Beach to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president for publishing. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.
Franek explained that the company winnows its list based on institutional data collected directly from the schools, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of its staff as well as college counselors and advisors whose recommendations are invited.
“We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project,” he continued. “Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.
Some of the comments currently up on the site include: “The academic experience at this school is what you make of it,” says a political science major. “You can make it competitive by the classes you take or you can skate by.” Many CSULB faculty members are “wonderfully passionate” and “available outside of class,” “especially in the upper-level courses.” “Teachers are here because they want to teach, not do research,” says an aerospace engineering major.
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. with editorial offices in New York and locations across the country and abroad, the Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.