Mercer Among Princeton Review’s Best Colleges for 13th Consecutive Year


MACON – Mercer University appears in The Princeton Review's annual best colleges guide for the 13th 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 380 Colleges,” which went on sale today.

The guide, which has been printed annually since 1992, is based on surveys of 136,000 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. 380 in any category. Instead, it provides detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus 62 ranking lists of the top 20 colleges in various categories.

The University's profile reads, “Mercer focuses on cultivating a passion for service in both the world and one's immediate surroundings, and many say that the best part about the school is 'the community that it builds with the surrounding area.' Students are proud to say that their school 'upholds integrity, spirit, academia' and 'everyone at Mercer has incredible school spirit and really loves being there.'”

The publication continues, “The holistic approach to general education taken by Mercer is applauded by students, who 'are expected to interact every day' and therefore feel prepared to enter the workforce as 'well-rounded thinkers.'”

“Mercer's outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book, and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior VP-publisher and author of “The Best 380 Colleges.”  “We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also keep 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 380 Colleges” are posted at

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