Beautiful campus, accessible profs, et al. keep SBC on top-20 lists

| August 20, 2012

Sweet Briar College is ranked in five of the Princeton Review’s top-20 lists in its 2013 college guide, which was released today. Sweet Briar moved up three spots from last year’s list of America’s most beautiful campuses, coming in at No. 3, according to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.”

The College also was ranked No. 7 for “Most Accessible Professors,” No. 18 for “Class Discussions Encouraged” and 19 for “Best College Dorms.” Sweet Briar ranked 20th for “Nobody Plays Intramural Sports.”

About 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. It also gives each school an academic rating based on a numerical score in eight categories. Sweet Briar received a 93.

The Review does not rank the colleges academically or from one to 377 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of “top-20” colleges in various categories. The lists are compiled from surveys of 122,000 students attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review’s opinion of the schools. Not all of the 377 schools appear in one of the top-20 lists.

The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food.

For more information on how the Princeton Review selects colleges for its guide and to view the annual rankings, visit


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