NEW JERSEY -- The Princeton Review has released its 2020 annual ranking of the Best 385 Colleges in America (Penguin Random House, $24.99), which is now on sale.

"We chose the 385 colleges for this edition as our 'best' overall, academically, based on data we gathered in 2018–19 from more than a thousand school administrators about their schools' academic programs and offerings," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and lead author of the book.

The New Jersey colleges on the Princeton Review's List of Best 385 Colleges in Amerca (alphabetically) are:

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  1. Drew University (Madison, NJ)
  2. NJ Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
  3. Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)
  4. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  5. Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ)
  6. Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
  7. Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
  8. Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
  9. The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ)

"We are well aware, however, that applicants need more than an academic assessment to choose the colleges best for them. We created our dozens of ranking lists specifically to facilitate that search," Franek added. "We tally our lists using data we gather directly from our surveys of students attending these colleges. Our survey asks the students about their professors, administrators, services, campus culture, and other facets of life at their schools."

Other Princeton Review ranking list categories and the colleges that earned the #1 spots on them include:

  • "Most Beautiful Campus" — Elon University (NC)
  • "Best Science Labs" — Lehigh (PA)
  • "Best Health Services" — University of Utah
  • "Best Campus Food" — University of Massachusetts — Amherst
  • "Best Athletic Facilities” — Florida State 
  • "Most Politically Active Students" — Pitzer College (CA)
  • "LGBTQ-Friendly" — Bryn Mawr College (PA)
  • "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" — Rice (TX)
  • "Party Schools" — Syracuse (NY)
  • "Stone-Cold Sober Schools" — Brigham Young (UT)
  • "College City Gets High Marks" — Columbia (NY)
  • "Their Students Love These Colleges" — Vanderbilt (TN)  

The Princeton Review's 62 ranking lists are based on its surveys of 140,000 students attending the 385 colleges in the book in 2018–19 and/or the previous two academic years. The survey asked students 84 questions about their school's academics, administration, campus community, and themselves. The answer format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons. 

The Best 385 Colleges is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Penguin Random House. In tandem with the publication of The Best 385 Colleges, The Princeton Review has also launched a free nine-video series on titled "College Admission 101.” The videos share expert advice for students and parents on how to find, get into, and pay for their dream colleges. Videos reveal college admission secrets many students overlook, strategic approaches to financial aid, unconventional ways to save money on college, and more. The videos are available at

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