ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College has once again been listed among the country’s top institutions for undergraduate education by Princeton Review, which just released its 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges.” The annual guide also ranked the college at #1 for radio and #7 for theater.
Only about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which includes ratings of each institution in eight categories, such as academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety and “green” commitment. The guide also lists the top 20 schools in an additional 62 categories, based on Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.
“Ithaca College offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said author Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”
Named #1 for radio, Ithaca College has two student-operated stations — 92 WICB and VIC Radio — based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. They provide award-winning music, public affairs and sports programming to the local community as well as worldwide via the Internet. The college has consistently ranked in the top 10 in this category, earning the #1 spot in 2009 as well.
Ranked #7 for theater, Ithaca offers five academic majors in the Department of Theatre Arts. A half dozen main-stage productions — ranging from classic and contemporary drama to opera to dance — are presented each year by Ithaca College Theatre, while a number of student-run groups produce work around campus and in the community.
In its profile on Ithaca, the guide notes that small class sizes mean plenty of personal attention, while the college “offers many of the resources you would expect to find at a much larger university” and has faculty members who are “really passionate about their fields and have a genuine interest in getting students excited about their passions.”
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, guidebooks and other student resources. The school profiles and ranking lists can be found by going to www.PrincetonReview.com/college-rankings.