The Princeton Review names Elon a ‘Green College’

Elon was selected from a group of 695 colleges and universities for the guide for the 11th straight year.

Elon University has been named one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges and universities by The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition” profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. Published Oct. 20, the ranking can be accessed at

The profiles in the guide provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body statistics. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives on campus and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

Elon has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for each of the 11 years the guide has been published.

The Princeton Review chose schools based on data from a survey of nearly 695 four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitment to the environment and sustainability. Of the 416 schools included in the 2021 edition, 393 are in the U.S., 22 in Canada and one in Greece. Inclusion in the publication required a “green rating” of 80 or more.

Elon earned a “green rating” of 90 out of a possible 99.

“We strongly recommend Elon University to students who want to study and live at a green college,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “Each and every one of the outstanding colleges in this edition of our guide offers both excellent academics and exemplary evidence of environmental commitment.”

Franek noted that there is a high level of interest among college applicants and their parents in colleges with green practices, programs, and offerings. Sixty-six percent of the 12,845 respondents (college-bound teens and parents) to The Princeton Review’s 2020 “College Hopes & Worries Survey” said that having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply to or attend a school.