August 06, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Saint Anselm College was named among the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2016 edition of "The 380 Best Colleges." Saint Anselm was ranked 10th in the nation for Best Campus Food and 13th for Student Engagement in Community Service, and also included on the Best Northeastern list. Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide.
The primary criterion for selection is outstanding academics. Saint Anselm College receives an academic rating of 84, based on criteria including student/faculty ratio (11:1), professors' interest and accessibility, and the percentage of students who graduate within four years.
In addition to the best colleges list, The Princeton Review categorizes schools into 62 ranking lists including Best Northeastern, Best Campus Food and Students Most Engaged in Service. The rankings are determined from a survey of 136,000 students nationwide on more than 80 questions about each school's academics, administration, and student body. The ranking methodology uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.
Additional ratings of Saint Anselm include a campus quality of life rating of 92. The review notes that Saint Anselm offers a lot of options for student activities on campus, "Saint Anselm College ‘is a school with rigorous academics on the weekdays,' notes a Communication major, ‘and tons of different things to be involved in on the weekends.'"
The profile also highlights the college's emphasis on the Benedictine values of hospitality and service saying that students "are inspired by ‘the generosity of the monks that serve the campus,' and are community service oriented. ‘Never in my life can I recall seeing such a diverse community of people so well integrated and committed to its success as a whole,' notes one student." The student body is described as "smart," "kind," "hardworking" and "friendly."