Caltech Makes Cut On Princeton’s Top Colleges List

Published : Monday, August 12, 2019 | 6:26 PM

The Princeton Review has released its 28th annual list of the best colleges in the United States, and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena made the cut.

Caltech ranked first in the “Top 50 – Best Value Colleges,” first in “Students Study the Most,” second in “Best Career Placement,” fourth in “Best Science Lab Facilities,” and fifth in “Best Value Colleges Without Aid.”

Caltech is listed in the Princeton Review as having an enrollment of 948 students, coming from the United States and 23 foreign countries.

Princeton Review surveyed 140,000 students in determining which colleges have the best food, best career services, happiest students, and other categories. The survey generated 62 ranked lists which covered everything students experience about campus life.

Schools were not ranked overall from one-to 385 in the manner of U.S. News and World Report. Instead, colleges are ranked on category-specific compilations such as “best campus food,” “best college newspaper” and “party schools.”

“We chose the 385 colleges for this edition as our ‘best’ overall, academically, based on data we gathered in 2018–2019 from more than a thousand school administrators about their schools’ academic programs and offerings,” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the lead author of the book, said in a press release.

Franek explained student applicants do not usually look for only an academic assessment before choosing which colleges to go to, so they created the 62 ranking lists to help students search better.

“We tally our lists using data we gather directly from our surveys of students attending these colleges,” he said. “Our survey asks the students about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and other facets of life at their schools.”

In the survey, the Princeton Review included 80 questions in four sections that asked students about their school’s academics/administration, life at their college, their fellow students, and themselves.

Students answered by selecting one of five answer choices that range across a grid or scale. The answer choice headers ranged from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree,” and “Excellent” to “Poor.”

Percentages ranged from “0 to 20 percent” to “81 percent to 100 percent.” The answer choice five-point scale – which is called a Likert scale – is the most commonly used measurement for this type of survey research: a consensus-based assessment.






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