Here's the best of the 2018 Princeton Review rankings

source: http://college.usatoday.com/2017/07/31/2018-princeton-review-rankings/

According to this latest Princeton survey, USD has the most beautiful campus, but UD has the most conservative students. Assuming they are comparable academically and otherwise, which should a faithful Catholic parent prefer for their son or daughter?

For the 26th year, The Princeton Review has released its annual “Best Colleges” rankings*, including over 382 schools and 62 lists of rankings from “best classroom experience” to “biggest party school.”

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Want a beautiful campus? Stellar professors? A party school? Princeton Review has all the lists. (Photo: Helioscribe, Shutterstock)

Here are some of the 2018 list superlatives, ranging from the most beautiful campuses to the happiest student bodies to the biggest party schools.


Great financial aid

  1. Bowdoin College
  2. Vanderbilt University
  3. Colgate University

Professors get high marks

  1. Sarah Lawrence College
  2. St. John’s College
  3. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Best-run college

  1. University of Richmond
  2. Washington University in St. Louis
  3. Stanford University

Best classroom experience

  1. United States Military Academy
  2. Mount Holyoke College
  3. Sarah Lawrence College


Most beautiful campus

  1. University of San Diego
  2. Bucknell University
  3. Bryn Mawr College

Best campus food

  1. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  2. Bowdoin College
  3. Washington University in St. Louis

Best athletic facilities

  1. Auburn University
  2. Kansas State University
  3. Grinnell College

Best college newspapers

  1. Syracuse University
  2. Columbia University
  3. Ithaca College


Happiest students

  1. Vanderbilt University
  2. Rice University
  3. University of Oklahoma

Most liberal students

  1. Reed College
  2. Bennington College
  3. Pitzer College

Most conservative students

  1. University of Dallas
  2. Hillsdale College
  3. Thomas Aquinas College

Most politically active students

  1. Columbia University
  2. Pitzer College
  3. Reed College

Most LGBTQ-friendly

  1. Bryn Mawr College
  2. College of the Atlantic
  3. Emerson College

Most race/class interaction

  1. Rice University
  2. United States Military Academy
  3. College of William and Mary


Students pack the stadiums the most

  1. Syracuse University
  2. Clemson University
  3. Kansas State University

Most ‘reefer madness’

  1. University of Vermont
  2. Ithaca College
  3. Bard College

Biggest party schools

  1. Tulane University
  2. West Virginia University
  3. Bucknell University

Most sober schools

  1. Brigham Young University
  2. College of the Ozarks
  3. Baruch College, City University of New York

*Methodology: Based on responses from 137,000 students at 382 schools (around 350 responses per school), Princeton Review compiled its 2016–17 data. Students answered questions about academics, administration, student body and more, ranking their school in each category from “excellent to awful.”

Sophia Tulp is an Ithaca College student and a USA TODAY College intern.