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.



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