Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which has been published annually since 1992. The Best 382 Colleges features detailed profiles of each school with rating scores in eight categories.
“We chose Hollins for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief at The Princeton Review and author of The Best 382 Colleges. “Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. Most importantly, we look at valuable feedback from each school’s customers – our surveys of students attending them.”
The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending these colleges are the basis for the book’s ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories. Hollins is on the following ranking lists:
#5 Most Active Student Government
#6 Most Politically Active Students
#10 Best College Theater
#11 Best Career Services
In its profile, The Princeton Review praises Hollins as “a place for unique individuals to thrive, empowering each other and forming a supportive community for women. The alumn[ae] network is similarly solid, and many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.” The Best 382 Colleges also quotes extensively from Hollins students the educational services company surveyed for the book. Among their comments:
“…a great place for people who want life experience….”
“…a lot of incredible opportunities for anyone willing to take them.”
“[Hollins professors are] amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.”
“Every day I am surrounded by mountains. It’s a vacation view in every direction.”
The 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges was published August 1.