Survey Says...08.02.2010 | Campus and Community, Students
The Princeton Review's 2011 edition of "The Best 373 Colleges" lists the University of Dayton as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, as well having a student quality of life that ranks in the top 20 in the nation.
The Princeton Review listed about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges in the book. It includes detailed profiles of the schools with rating scores in eight categories, and student survey-based ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories.
The University of Dayton ranks in five of the top-20 lists. For the first time, the University ranks 20th in "Best Quality of Life" and 19th in "School Runs Like Butter," which rates how smoothly the school is operated.
The University remains on three other top-20 lists: eighth in "Everybody Plays Intramural Sports," 16th in "Happiest Students," and 18th in "Easiest Campus to Get Around."
The University received a rating of 96 on a scale of 60-99 for its quality of life, which, according to The Princeton Review, is based on responses from students "to several questions covering food on and off campus, dorm comfort, campus beauty, ease of getting around campus, relationship with the local community, campus safety, the surrounding area, interaction between students, friendliness and happiness of the student body and smoothness with which the school is administered."
The Princeton Review also named the University of Dayton one of the best colleges in the Midwest. The 152 colleges that educational services company chose for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Princeton Review describes the University of Dayton as academically challenging yet unpretentious, a campus where porches symbolize "community."
"I thought the community aspect they repeated endlessly during my visit was just a way to get me to enroll at Dayton, but everyone is genuinely interested," said one student surveyed for the report. Both academics and service "are taken very seriously" at the University of Dayton.
According to student surveys, the University's top programs include "a great premed program, a wonderful engineering department, an amazing teacher education program" and an "awesome business school." True to its Marianist tradition, the University also has "the largest campus ministry in the country."
The University's entrepreneurship program has made the top-10 list for the past four years in The Princeton Review's annual ranking of the best undergraduate entrepreneurship programs.
"We commend the University of Dayton for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book," said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review. "Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."
The Princeton Review's 62 ranking lists in "The Best 373 Colleges" are entirely based on its survey of 122,000 students attending the colleges in the book. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics include student assessments of professors, administrators, financial aid and campus food.
The University of Dayton is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its latest edition of "America's Best Colleges" as a top-tier national university. The University tied for 110th place among 262 universities nationally offering a wide range of undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. Among national Catholic universities, it tied for seventh. Among national private universities, it tied for 56th place.
The University of Dayton is also listed among the 40 best colleges in Acceptance, by Dave Marcus, a national guide for college applicants, and the 2011 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske, which features more than 300 of the country's best colleges and universities.