Siena Named a Princeton Review Best College

Siena Named a Princeton Review Best College

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Siena College 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 2017 edition of its college guide, "The Best 381 Colleges."

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review's most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, it includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories

The Princeton Review's profile on Siena College includes quotes from students that were surveyed for the publication.

Siena is all about “upholding Catholic Franciscan qualities while providing the best education possible,” with an emphasis on “critical thinking and preparing students for life after college.”

The professors here are among Siena’s “greatest strengths… They push so hard to make us successful.” With small class sizes- there are less than 3,100 students at Siena- “You feel like your professors really know who you are and care about you and how you do.”

As one chemistry major puts it, “Siena College values itself on its four main ideals, called DORS, which are Diversity, Optimism, Respect and Service. As Siena students, we uphold each other to these ideals. We are [known] to hold doors for each other all over campus, so in a way, we physically and mentally hold doors for each other.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 381 in any category. Instead it uses students’ ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The list in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 143,000 students (about 375 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s library, career services, and the student body’s political lea