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Monmouth University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 377 Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review).

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher and author of “The Best 377 Colleges,” “We commend Monmouth University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. 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 30-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.”

Monmouth University President Paul G. Gaffney II stated: “We hold The Princeton Review in very high regard, hence our great pride in being selected for the eighth year in a row.”

In its profile on Monmouth University, The Princeton Review states, “The school’s national stature is on the rise, resulting in a more competitive applicant base” and quotes extensively from University students who were surveyed for the book. Student comments include “[Monmouth University is] a small school that … provides an excellent community-like atmosphere,” and professors are “very accomplished and have impressive backgrounds” and “truly care about helping their students succeed.” In addition, one student says that he knows “many Monmouth University alumni, and all have loved their experience. They say MU prepared them for their careers.”

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Monmouth University, The Princeton Review lists topics that Monmouth University students agreed with the most. The list includes: “great computer facilities; great library; students love West Long Branch, NJ; great off-campus food; and campus feels safe.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. For more information, visit

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About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review ( is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The company has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation, and career planning services.

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Media Contact for Monmouth University: Petra Ludwig, 732-263-5507 (

Media Contacts for The Princeton Review: Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350 or Kristen O’Toole, Princeton Review, 888-347-7737, ext. 1405 (