Mercer University Named Among The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges for 12th Consecutive Year


MACON – Mercer University appears in The Princeton Review's annual best colleges guide for the 12th consecutive year. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in this year's guide, “The Best 379 Colleges,” which went on sale today.

The guide, which has been printed annually since 1992, is based on surveys of 130,000 students about their school's academics, administration, student body and themselves. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from No. 1 to No. 379 in any category. Instead, it provides 62 rankings of the top 20 colleges in various categories.

A two-page profile on the University notes that “Mercer is a place that respects its students and knows the enormous potential its students have.”

The publication continues, “Students are involved in clubs, sports, and civic groups and with one another… The student body here is diverse, with the tie that binds being that most take part in community service through some venue. Mercer students are bright and intelligent, extremely involved on campus, opinionated but respectful and well-informed but open-minded.”

“Mercer offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” said Rob Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publisher and author of “The Best 379 Colleges.”

“We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges. We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

The Princeton Review's school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 379 Colleges” are posted at

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Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​