Nine higher education institutions in the Garden State earned spots on The Princeton Review’s Best 388 Colleges for 2023 list.
The overall list of 388 universities was posted alphabetically, and the New Jersey schools that made the cut (followed by each school’s full-time enrollment numbers) are:
Additionally, the publication broke down the list to name the top 25 colleges in 50 categories, such as academics, amenities, school services, campus culture and extracurricular activities. These categories unveiled both positive and negative aspects, such as schools whose professors were accessible and those who were not.
To compile that list, The Princeton Review — which is not associated with Princeton University — surveyed 160,000 students at the 388 universities and colleges to find out how the schools fared in those categories.
The Princeton Review also is releasing the 2023 edition of the for-purchase book Aug. 23.
“Since 1992, when we debuted our multiple ranking lists as an alternative to a single academics-only mega list, our mission has been to give students a more useful resource to find the best college for them,” Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Rob Franek, and lead author of the Best 388 Colleges list, said in a statement.
“Our selection of the colleges in this book is based on our opinion of their academic offerings. We recommend each one as an academically outstanding choice for an applicant. Our ranking lists, however, are not based on our opinions of the colleges. They’re entirely based on what the schools’ own students have told us about their experiences at them.”
This year, The Princeton Review dropped lists such as “Party Schools” and its inverse list, “Stone-Cold Sober Schools.” The Review said it adds and drops lists “as campus cultures have evolved, college applicant interests have changed, and The Princeton Review’s survey and data collection process has been refined.”
The New Jersey schools that ranked within these 50 categories are: