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Bard College at Simon’s Rock featured in the Princeton Review Book, The Best 377 Colleges - 2013 Edition

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review).

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. The detailed profiles include rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based on surveys of students attending the colleges.

Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of The Best 377 Colleges Robert Franek said, "We commend Bard College at Simon’s Rock for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

“We’re pleased to be recognized by the Princeton Review, and more importantly, by our students with high marks for their professors and the classroom experience,” commented Provost Peter Laipson.

In its profile on Simon’s Rock, The Princeton Review praises the school: "All 400 Simon’s Rock students come to this ‘haven for young, bright minds’ after tenth or eleventh grade in high school" and quotes extensively from Simon’s Rock students surveyed for the book. Students’ comments about their campus experiences included: “the professors here make the difficulty and volume of course work worth it,” and “They are what is amazing about this school.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category. Instead it reports on 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at

Simon’s Rock is on nine lists in The Best 377 Colleges, including: Best Classroom Experience and Professors Get High Marks.

Simon’s Rock students surveyed for The Princeton Review lists were in most agreement about their answers to survey questions: “Class discussion encouraged”, “Political activism is popular”, “Athletic facilities are great,” and “No one cheats."

The Best 377 Colleges is the 21st edition of The Princeton Review's annual "best colleges" book. It is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes test-prep guides for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams, plus "The Complete Book of Colleges," and "Paying for College Without Going Broke."

About Bard College at Simon’s Rock

The Early College Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.

About The Princeton Review

377seal.jpgFounded in 1981, The Princeton Review ( is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.


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Media Contact for Simon’s Rock: Karen Anderson, College Relations, 413-528-7209

Media Contacts for The Princeton Review: Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350 or Kristen O'Toole, Princeton Review, 888-347-7737, ext. 1405 (