Scranton Tops Princeton Review’s Lists for Best Science Labs, Campus Food, Dorms and Students Engaged in Service

August 30, 2016

            

The Princeton Review selected The University of Scranton among “The Best 381 Colleges” in the nation, as well as among the nation’s “Best Science Labs” (No. 4), “Best Campus Food” (No. 11), “Best College Dorms” (No. 17) and “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” (No. 20). Dedicated in 2015, Scranton’s eight-story Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall puts the best simulation environments, applied-science laboratories, equipment and technology directly in the hands of students and faculty.

The University of Scranton’s science labs are the fourth best in the country, according to The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of the “Best 381 Colleges” guidebook. Princeton Review also lists Scranton as the “Best Campus Food” (No. 11), “Best College Dorms” (No. 17) and “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” (No. 20). The rankings are based “entirely” on surveys of students at colleges selected by The Princeton Review for inclusion in its guidebook.

This is the 15th consecutive year that Scranton was listed in the guidebook of the colleges The Princeton Review “believes are the best in the nation, academically,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher.

The Princeton Review selects just 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities for inclusion in the annual “Best Colleges” guidebook, which also contains The Princeton Review’s much publicized “Best of” lists of the “Top 20” colleges in 62 categories.

In addition, the guidebook includes detailed profiles of the 381 elite colleges. Students quoted in the 2016 edition praise Scranton’s “outstanding record for admission to graduate programs, not only in law and medicine, but also in several other fields.”

In recent years, Scranton has invested more than $240 million in campus improvements. Capital projects included Scranton’s $85 million, 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center, which is one of the most innovative science buildings in the country and the culmination of more than 15 years of planning. Scranton’s new $47.5 million, state-of-the-art Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, which opened in the fall 2015 semester, is designed to facilitate research and expand service-learning projects. The building, which houses the Panuska College of Professional Studies departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, puts the best simulation environments, applied-science laboratories, equipment and technology directly in the hands of students and faculty.

Scranton has been nationally recognized for service and is among just 361 colleges in the U.S. that have earned The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification. The Carnegie Foundation recognizes universities with documented success in curricular engagement and outreach and partnership with community organizations.

The 2017 edition of The Princeton Review’s college guidebook became available on Aug. 30.

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