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The 2023 edition of “The Best 388 Colleges” guide also recognized Elon’s career services, campus, performing arts productions, residential facilities and classroom environments.

Elon University was named the nation’s best-run university by the Princeton Review University Guide, with the university also recognized for excellence in academic programs and student life. The 2023 edition of “The Best 388 Colleges,” released Aug. 17, recognizes the top 25 of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in 50 categories.

The Princeton Review publishes its ranking lists based on a national survey of 160,000 students as well as information gathered from college administrators. Elon’s profile includes several recognitions, including the following:

#4 – Best Managed Colleges

#6 – Best College Theater

#8 – The most beautiful campus

#9 – Best Career Services

#13 – Best College Dorms

#15 – Best College Newspaper

#19 – Their Students Love These Colleges

#20 — Best classroom experience

#20 – The happiest students

“Our selection of colleges in this book is based on our opinion of their academic offerings. We recommend each of them as an outstanding academic choice for an applicant,” said Robert Franek, editor of The Princeton Review and lead author of The Best 388 Colleges. “Our ranking lists, however, are not based on our opinions of colleges. They are based entirely on what students in the schools have told us about their experiences.

Elon is recognized for his “experiential learning” as well as his “great resources for research” and his “fantastic study abroad programs” as he prepares “complete and passionate future leaders”. One student noted that “Elon really works to foster an atmosphere where students can really connect with their professors” thanks in part to “small class sizes, weekly cafe open houses (College Coffee tradition), mandatory office hours” and other characteristics of campus life.

A student commented that “the teachers are so nice and want to get to know [you] as a person and not just as a student. They really care [your] well-being, both physical and emotional. They go beyond student expectations.

The Princeton Review learned that Elon’s students are highly motivated and engaged, with a wide range of organizations and activities and a supportive student body. One student explained that “rather than a culture of competition, Elon really fosters positive collaboration that propels this campus and our community forward.” Another noted that “the student body is very inclusive” and that Elon’s students “really care about the well-being of others and it shows in the social activism present on campus.”

Princeton Review’s 85-question survey asks students to rate their faculty, administrators, academic services, and other aspects of life at their colleges and to report on their experiences on campus and in the community. Surveys of 160,000 students (about 400 per college on average) were counted for the ranking lists for 2023. The surveys were conducted in 2021-22 and/or the previous two academic years. Information on the survey process and methodology for the ranking lists can be found on The Princeton Review’s website, where it can be found here.

This is the 18th consecutive year that Elon has been listed in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide. The Best 388 Colleges is the 31st annual edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” book and one of Princeton Review’s 150 books in a row published by Penguin Random House. He’s been featured on NBC’s “TODAY” more than a dozen times and referenced by reporters in publications ranging from Inside Higher Education to the Wall Street Journal.


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