Main Hall on the Lawrence University campus. (Photo by Danny Damiani)

Story by Ed Berthiaume / Communications

Lawrence University has again made the list of The Princeton Review’s best colleges.

The listing in The Best 386 Colleges for 2021, a guide produced by the education services company, comes six months after The Princeton Review named Lawrence the No. 3 Best Impact School in the country.

Only about 13% of the nearly 2,800 eligible four-year colleges make the Best book each year. Published each August and focused on undergraduate education, it has been an annual resource for prospective students since its debut in 1992. The book, released on Tuesday, does not rank the schools within the list of 386, but it does include a series of Top 20 lists in a variety of sub categories.

“As we head into another academic year, albeit one that looks different from any other in history, it’s reassuring to see that some things have remained the same,” said Ken Anselment, vice president for enrollment and communication. “Lawrence being recognized as one of The Princeton Review’s best colleges is one of them.”

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The Best Impact Schools listing is included in the new guide. It is based on both the student experience on campus and how alumni perceive their careers. It speaks to Lawrence’s liberal arts vision and that students are being prepared well for life after Lawrence.

The Princeton Review chooses the colleges for the Best book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.  

Lawrence was cited for its small student-to-faculty ratio, its creative and well-rounded Freshman Studies program, its pro-active approach to mental health, and a “creative and explorative” campus environment.

“We salute Lawrence University for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 386 Colleges.  

The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 386 Colleges are posted at www.princetonreview.com/best386 where they can be searched for free with site registration.

The Best 386 Colleges is the 29th annual edition of The Princeton Review’s best colleges book.

Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: ed.c.berthiaume@lawrence.edu