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Princeton Review names Elon one of nation's "Colleges With a Conscience"

Elon University is among the nation's top universities in fostering social responsibility and public service according to The Princeton Review and Campus Compact. Details...

Elon is one of 81 institutions in 33 states that The Princeton Review commends and features in its forthcoming book, "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement." The book, published by Random House/Princeton Review Books, will be available in bookstores on June 21.

The Princeton Review partnered with Campus Compact, a national organization committed to the civic purposes of higher education, to choose the schools and develop two-page profiles that are featured in the book. The book's editors also invited dozens of organizations with expertise in campus community service and student engagement to nominate colleges for inclusion.

The Princeton Review and Campus Compact developed the list of top schools from a pool of over 900 colleges. Criteria for selection included: the college's admissions practices and scholarships rewarding community service; support for service-learning programs, student activism, and student voice in school governance; and level of social engagement of its student body. The 81 schools chosen represent a diverse range of institutions by geographic region, campus size, setting (urban/rural), and type (public/private).

Elon is one of four schools chosen from North Carolina. The other schools are Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"A college with a conscience has both an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president "Education at these schools isn't only about private gain: it's about the public good."

Eighty-eight percent of Elon's graduating seniors have participated in volunteer service projects coordinated through the Kernodle Center for Service Learning. Elon is the host campus for North Carolina Campus Compact and is one of 10 founding colleges and universities in Project Pericles, a national effort that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include education for social responsibility and participatory citizenship as an essential part of their educational programs.

The Princeton Review is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, books and other education services. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents committed to supporting the public purposes of higher education. Its national office is in Providence, RI, and it has local offices in 30 states.

SCHOOLS APPEARING IN
“COLLEGES WITH A CONSCIENCE”


Alaska
University of Alaska Anchorage

California
California State University--Monterey Bay
Humboldt State University
Pitzer College
San Francisco State University
Stanford University
University of California--Berkeley
University of California--Los Angeles
University of San Diego
University of Southern California

Colorado
University of Colorado--Boulder

Connecticut
Connecticut College
Trinity College

District of Columbia
George Washington University

Florida
Florida State University
Miami Dade College--Kendall Campus
Rollins College

Georgia
Mercer University--Macon
Spelman College

Illinois
DePaul University
Loyola University Chicago
Rockford College
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame

Indiana
Indiana University--Purdue University Indianapolis

Kansas
University of Kansas

Kentucky
Berea College
Georgetown University

Louisiana
Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge
Tulane University

Maine
Bates College

Maryland
University of Maryland--College Park

Massachusetts
Bentley College
Brandis University
Clark University
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Smith College
Tufts University
University of Massachusetts--Amherst
University of Massachusetts--Boston
Williams College

Michigan
Alma College
Michigan State University
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

Minnesota
Augsburg College
Macalester College
Metropolitan State University
University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Missouri
Southwest Missouri State University

Montana
University of Montana--Missoula

New Hampshire
Dartmouth College
Saint Anselm College

New Jersey
Princeton University

New York
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Syracuse University

North Carolina
Duke University
Elon University
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

Ohio
Antioch College
Defiance College
Dension University
Miami University of Ohio
Oberlin College

Oklahoma
Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

Oregon
Lewis & Clark College
Portland State University

Pennsylvania
Allegheny College
Swarthmore College
University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
Brown University
Johnson & Wales University--Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island

South Carolina
Clemson University

Tennessee
Vanderbilt University

Texas
St. Edward's University
St. Mary's University Texas

Vermont
Middlebury College
University of Vermont

Virginia
James Madison University

Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin--Madison

Dan Anderson,
Staff
3/15/2005 3:19 PM