Mercer Featured in Princeton Review’s Best Colleges Guide for 15th Consecutive Year


MACON – Mercer University is featured among the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review's new 2018 edition of its college guide, “The Best 382 Colleges,” which was released today.

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, published annually since 1992. The guide contains detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories, as well as ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories. All of the ranking lists are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 137,000 students attending the colleges.

“We chose Mercer University for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and author of “The Best 382 Colleges.” “Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. Most importantly, we look at valuable feedback we get from each school's customers – our surveys of students attending them. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

In its profile on Mercer, The Princeton Review praises the University for its focus on research, leadership and service, as well as professors who seem “genuinely invested in their students.” “Mercer aims to produce graduates who will endeavor to 'make positive changes in their local community and the world,'” the survey continues. “While the academics here are challenging, it's obvious that the university wants to see its students succeed.”

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book's profile on Mercer, The Princeton Review lists popular topics among students according to their answers to survey questions. The University's list includes “students are happy,” “great financial aid,” “everyone loves the Mercer Bears,” “intramural sports are popular” and “frats and sororities are popular.”

The University is ranked No. 9 on the list of top 20 schools where “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports.”

The Princeton Review's school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 382 Colleges” are posted at

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