Niagara University Only WNY Institution to Make Princeton Review’s ‘Best in Northeast’ & ‘Green’ Lists

August 13, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University is among the best and most environmentally friendly colleges in the entire Northeast, according to The Princeton Review.

NU is one of 226 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which posted Aug. 11 on PrincetonReview.com.

Niagara and SUNY Buffalo are the only colleges from Western New York to appear on the “Best in the Northeast” list.

Niagara is also the only institution from the area to be included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, which profiles 330 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

“It is imperative that Niagara University advances its reputation as a prominent regional institution of higher learning, a feat that can only be accomplished through the extraordinary talents and hard work of our students, faculty and staff,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president. “As we continue to forge an identity as a global academic community that is sustainable in its planning, this type of recognition further attests to the high quality of education that students are receiving at Niagara University.”

The Princeton Review’s green college guide is published in partnership with the United States Green Building Council, a national nonprofit organization best known for developing the LEED green building certification program. In 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed, and operated.

It was announced earlier this summer that the USGBC had bestowed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification – Gold Rating on NU’s B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences.

The 226 colleges chosen for The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” list are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 158 colleges in the Midwest, 123 in the West, and 138 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.

The rankings are based on surveys of 130,000 students at the colleges in the book in 2013-14 and/or the previous two school years. The survey asks students 80 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

“For our ‘2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region’ website feature, we salute 648 colleges in four regions of the country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West—that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search,” reads The Princeton Review website. “Several of our college choices are nationally known. Some have strong regional reputations. Others may be less familiar to you. Collectively, these fine schools represent an outstanding cross-section of colleges. Though they differ in size, campus culture and other aspects, all offer excellent undergraduate programs.”

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.