Chapman University in Orange appears among The Princeton Review's 2011 edition of the "Best 373 Colleges" in the U.S. – and the school earned a spot on the education services company's Best in the West report. UC Irvine also joined Chapman in the regional feature.
The overall report includes about 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the U.S. and two in Canada.
The selection is based on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools' academics. The company also incorporates feedback from more than 120,000 students who were surveyed about their colleges on a number of topics.
Additionally, schools are rated between 60 to 99 in eight categories, based on the company's institutional research, said Robert Franek, author of the book and The Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. The categories include academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, green, accessible professors, interesting professors and quality of life.
Here's a look at Chapman's results:
Admissions selectivity: 93
Financial aid: 96
Fire safety: 60 (a rating of 60 denotes that the school did not submit all the needed stats)
Accessible professors: 80
Interesting professors: 77
Quality of life: 84
Among the accolades listed in the profile: Chapman's campus is "immaculate," "truly beautiful" and "just the right size," with about 4,400 undergraduate students, according to the student surveys.
Additionally, Princeton Review identified more than 620 universities divided into four regions: the Northeastern, Midwestern, Western and Southeastern. Chapman and UCI appear among the 120 Best in the West.
The colleges that earned a spot on the list had to meet Princeton Review's standards for academic excellence in their region, and the company needed to be able to survey each school's students anonymously.
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