Princeton Review names Elon a ‘Best Value College’ and among top 10 for internships

Elon is among the best private colleges and universities in the country for internship placements, according to newly released Princeton Review rankings.

The Princeton Review has named Elon University one of the nation’s best-value colleges for students seeking a great education with excellent career preparation.

Elon is among 209 schools included in Princeton Review’s “Best Value” Colleges,” which is based on an analysis of more than 40 data points drawn from the areas of academics, affordability and career outcomes of graduates. Elon was named No. 9 among private colleges and universities for internships. The ranking is based on surveys of students about the accessibility of internship placements.

The Princeton Review, an education services company, factored in data from its surveys of students attending the schools as well as data from’s surveys of alumni of the schools about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction. More than 40 data points were used to tally return on investment ratings for each college that were the basis for selection to the “Best Value” list.

“The schools we chose as our ‘Best Value’ Colleges for 2023 are a select group: they comprise only about 8 percent of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “We commend their administrators, faculties, staff, and alumni for all they are doing to educate their students and guide them to success in their careers. These colleges are also exceptional for the generous amount of financial aid they award to students with need and/or for their comparatively low cost of attendance.”

Elon received an ROI rating score of 86 out of 99. In the profile of Elon, The Princeton Review editors noted that Elon’s profile has been rapidly rising with “one of the best employment rates for college graduates.” Elon students emphasized to The Princeton Review the “truly incredible professional resources” available at Elon, any one of which “prepares you for a job, providing solid connections and real-world experiences.” Students noted that it is easy to find ample resources for career help and resume building on campus.

“Elon is committed to ensuring that its graduates leave the university prepared to tackle big challenges, understand complex problems and create innovative solutions,” said Brooke Buffington, director of Elon’s Student Professional Development Center. “Part of that preparation is helping them connect with internships across a broad range of industries and fields throughout their time at Elon. We’ve seen students draw from these deeply engaging internship experiences as they complete their Elon education, and put those skills to use well beyond graduation.”

During their time at Elon, 88 percent of the Class of 2022 participated in internships; within nine months of Commencement last spring, 95 percent were employed, in graduate school, completing a fellowship or working for a service organization. Ninety-two percent of 2022 graduates accepted a position related to their career goals.

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