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For Immediate Release
August 21, 2007

TCNJ makes Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’, ‘Happiest Students’, and ‘Most Beautiful Campus’ lists for 2008


EWING, NJ…Today, The Princeton Review announced that The College of New Jersey ranked 7th on its 2008 “Happiest Students” list, edging out Yale University (#9), the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (#13), and Bowdoin College (#8), among others. TCNJ also emerged as one of the top 20 (#20) on the “Most Beautiful Campus” ranking.

The New York-based education services company features the College in the new 2008 edition of its annual book, Best 366 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges were chosen for the book. It has two-page profiles of the schools and student survey-based ranking lists of top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories.

More than 120,000 students from the nation’s top 366 colleges and universities were surveyed about their school’s academics/administration, campus life, student body, and themselves. The “Happiest Students” and “Most Beautiful Campus” lists are part of the “Quality of Life” category, where responses can place a school in “Paradise” or “Purgatory.” Other categories include “Academics,” “Parties,” and “Politics.”

In a “Survey Says…” sidebar in the book’s profile on TCNJ, The Princeton Review lists topics that TCNJ students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about. TCNJ’s list includes: small classes, great lab facilities, friendly students, safe-feeling campus, happy students, and a great library.

The top 366 institutions are selected based on student opinions and factors such as cost, location, and size. Since The Princeton Review feels that academics, although important, are not the only factor in making a college decision, they do not offer a ranking for best overall school.

TCNJ is also currently ranked by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges as one of the 75 “most competitive” colleges in the nation. U.S News and World Report recently named TCNJ the top public master’s college in the northern region of the country for the 16th-consecutive year.

For the full Princeton Review rankings list, visit