by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 23, 2005 – New Mexico Tech is one of the nation’s best institutions for an undergraduate education, according to the recently published 2006 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to the Best 361 Colleges.
The Princeton Review’s annual survey, which is based on provided “inside information” and candid interviews conducted with students attending the various colleges and universities listed in the book, rated New Mexico Tech highly in such areas as student admissions, financial aid options, and academics.
"The main factor in our selection of schools in the book was our high regard for their academic programs, says Robert Franek, vice president for publishing for The Princeton Review. “We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students at them, and visits to schools over the years. We also considered the opinions of independent college counselors, students, and parents we talk to and survey. Finally we worked to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character.”
Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in the United States, and only two Canadian colleges, are profiled in this latest 14th edition of the popular “best colleges” guidebook.
New Mexico Tech also was ranked earlier this year as the nation’s #2 "best value" college, also according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company featured the state-supported research university in the second position on its "Top 10 Best Value Colleges" ranking list in the 2006 edition of its college guidebook, America’s Best Value Colleges.
Known for its test-prep courses, books, and college and grad school admissions services, The Princeton Review is an education services company, and is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.