For the third consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Arcadia among the “Best in the Northeast” in its “2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Arcadia is one of only a dozen colleges and universities from the Philadelphia area to make the list.
The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data collected from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools, the perspectives of college counselors and advisers, and a survey that asked students to rate their colleges by addressing issues such as accessibility of professors and quality of academic facilities.
Survey responses and The Princeton Review describes the University as delivering “a global and integrative learning experience with lots of personal attention.” In detailing the study abroad program, it stated: “Lots of colleges claim to give their students a ‘global perspective,’ but Arcadia really delivers. It has a phenomenal study abroad program with ‘many pathways’ for international study and travel.”
Academic excellence, faculty expertise, and small class sizes were also major factors contributing to Arcadia’s inclusion. Students noted, "Opportunities are available to go beyond the typical classroom experience by working on individual projects or helping professors with research." Classes are small, and there are many chances for "one-on-one attention from professors."
Collectively, the 658 colleges and universities on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 649 colleges, either overall or in various categories.
The Princeton Review’s Northeast region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia, and consists of 229 schools in the Northeastern region named to the list.