Tuesday August 22, 2006

UD Named One of the Best Colleges

The University of Dayton was named one of the best colleges in the country by the Princeton Review and, for the first time in years, didn't make any of The Review's party lists.

The University of Dayton made The Princeton Review's 2007 edition of its annual book "The Best 361 Colleges." Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America are in the book.

According to The Princeton Review, schools are chosen "primarily for their outstanding academics." The various ranking lists in the 2007 edition of "The Best 361 Colleges" are based on the Princeton Review's survey of 115,000 students, or about 300 per campus, attending the colleges profiled in the book.

Unlike past years, the University of Dayton did not make any of the ranking lists referring to alcohol or parties. The Alcohol Coalition and Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention at UD have made significant strides in their effort to reduce alcohol abuse on campus.

"The Princeton Review reinforces our own internal studies, which show a decrease in certain drinking levels," said Scott Markland, assistant dean of students. "For two years in a row, we've seen a decrease in the number of students consuming alcohol on Thursday nights and fewer students report taking part in binge drinking."

UD's profile in The Princeton Review book features extensive candid comments from UD students who were surveyed. According to the students, top programs include "a great pre-med program," "a wonderful engineering department," "an amazing teacher education program" and an "awesome business school."

Students also reported that the Catholic school is "all about community: community when we study, community when we party, community when we are doing service, community when we pray."

For more information, contact Linda Robertson at 937-229-3257.