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Elon's study abroad, career services programs earn national rankings from Princeton Review

The 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges” guide recognizes Elon as one of the nation’s best-run colleges with an outstanding environment for learning.

Elon University earns top national rankings in the 2018 Princeton Review college guide, "The Best 382 Colleges."

Elon University is named among the nation’s “best-run” colleges by The Princeton Review college guide, earning accolades for numerous academic and student life programs. The university received acclaim for a study abroad program that reinforces its emphasis on global engagement, and also earns top marks for the career services programs of Elon’s Student Professional Development Center.

The 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges” ranks the top 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities, highlighting schools with outstanding academic programs. The Princeton Review publishes 62 ranking lists based on a nationwide survey of 137,000 students. Included among Elon’s top-20 rankings are the following:

#4- Most Popular Study Abroad Program

#4- Most Beautiful Campus

#6- Best-Run Colleges

#11- Best College Dorms

#13- Best Career Services

“We chose Elon University for this book because it offers outstanding academics," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's editor-in-chief 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 we get from each school’s customers — our surveys of students attending them. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

‚ÄčElon students told The Princeton Review that Elon has a “phenomenal” study abroad program, with an emphasis on producing “global leaders that will make the world a better place."

Princeton Review recognizes the opportunities Elon provides for hands-on engagement and close mentoring relationships with professors and faculty members. Faculty members are described as “enthusiastic,” “engaging,” “kind” and “very experienced.” One student told Princeton Review that, "I have been pushed by my professors, peers and mentors to become my best student, leader and person since stepping on this campus.” Another said that academics at Elon “are all about connections, whether between individuals, groups or simply concepts.”

Elon student survey results found that classroom and library facilities are great and there are plentiful opportunities for internships and career services. “Professors know their students’ names and are genuinely interested in their success throughout their time at Elon,” one student told The Princeton Review.

Elon also earns a 93 score for environmental sustainability, qualifying as one of the schools on the Princeton Review’s “Green Colleges” list.

This is the 15th year in a row that Elon has appeared in the Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" guide. The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. Headquartered in New York, the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.


Owen Covington,
7/31/2017 2:30 PM