This marks the fourth consecutive year Arcadia has qualified for the exclusive list. The University is included among 13 schools in the greater Philadelphia area, including University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Villanova University. In total, there were 225 schools listed in the “Best in the Northeast” category, and 661 schools total between the five regional categories.
Selections are based on extensive research, including data collection from thousands of colleges nationwide, staff visits to schools, interviews with college counselors and advisers, and student surveys addressing issues such as professor receptivity and the quality of campus facilities.
Princeton Review features Arcadia as the ideal spot for “a global and integrative learning experience with lots of personal attention.” When describing the University’s study abroad programs, it stated: “Lots of colleges claim to give their students a ‘global perspective,’ but Arcadia really delivers.”
Academic excellence, faculty accessibility, and student inclusion were also major highlights in Arcadia’s listing. Students touted the University’s “unbelievably talented” faculty who are “always willing to give a helping hand.” Testimonials also highlighted intimate class sizes that offer “one-on-one attention from professors,” as well as opportunities to form connections with a student body described as “independent,” “creative,” and “adventurous.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges, either overall or in various categories, but lists them alphabetically. The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” consists of schools located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia.