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Monmouth University Featured in the Princeton Review Book, The Best 378 Colleges

West Long Branch, NJ (August 6, 2013) Monmouth University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide,The Best 378 Colleges(Random House / Princeton Review).

Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown said: “We are thrilled to be named one of the best colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review for the ninth straight year. It’s affirming to see that our commitment to personalized education and academic excellence is being recognized.”

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four 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 62 ranking lists, each with 20 schools from the guide, based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and author of The Best 378 Colleges, said: “Monmouth University offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

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 said 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 library” and “athletic facilities are great.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 378 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 .

About Monmouth University

Monmouth University is a leading private institution that offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University provides students with a highly personalized education that builds the knowledge and confidence of tomorrow’s leaders. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University’s magnificent and historic campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia and is within walking distance of the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Monmouth University is listed in U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” and the Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges , and is recognized by the latter as one of the country’s top “green” colleges. To learn more, visit us

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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 ( ).