Mercer Makes The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges Guide for 11th Consecutive Year


MACON, Ga. – For the 11th consecutive year, Mercer University appears in The Princeton Review's annual best colleges guide.

In a two-page profile on the University, The Review notes that “Mercer University is a school that students flock to for 'its reputation as a rigorous academic institution' where professors 'truly want to see students succeed.'”

The publication goes on to read, “It's hard to pin down an aspect of college life that isn't represented at Mercer,” and “If there is a buzzword to describe the student body at Mercer, it is 'involved.'”

The Review does not provide an overall ranking of the schools in “The Best 378 Colleges 2014 Edition.” Instead, the schools – which represent about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and four others outside the U.S. – are ranked according to the top 20 in 62 different categories based on surveys of 126,000 students. This year, Mercer was ranked No. 16 in “Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution.” Last year, Mercer was No. 8 among 377 schools in level of participation in intramural sports.

“Mercer offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher of The Princeton Review and author of “The Best 378 Colleges.”

“We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

This year's guide goes on sale for $23.99 on Tuesday, Aug. 6. School profiles and ranking lists are posted at The school profiles in “The Best 378 Colleges” are also published in a line of four e-books, each priced at $9.99.

About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 12 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing, health professions, and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center, launched July 1, 2012, includes the University's medical, nursing, health sciences and pharmacy schools. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.

About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, Mass. The company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S., Canada and international franchises. The company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services. For media inquires to The Princeton Review, contact Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, at 212-539-1350; or Kristen O'Toole, Princeton Review, at 888-347-7737, ext. 1405, or

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.​