Niagara University has again been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The education services company features NU in the 2018 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

The rankings can also be accessed at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

"We are extremely pleased to be recognized by The Princeton Review, as it fortifies Niagara University's ongoing campuswide commitment to sustainability," stated Dr. Mark Gallo, co-chair of Niagara's sustainability committee. "This honor is really an expression of the remarkable efforts that so many students, faculty, staff and administrators have put forth to create a more sustainable campus and it's great to see these efforts acknowledged."

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this ninth annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2017-18 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability.

"We strongly recommend Niagara University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review.

Franek noted that college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues.  “Among nearly 11,000 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 "College Hopes & Worries Survey," 63 percent overall said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school." The full survey report is at www.princetonreview.com/college-hopes-worries.

The profiles in The Princeton Review's Guide to 399 Green Colleges provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include "Green Facts" about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

In the "Green Facts" section on NU, The Princeton Review cites the university's "LEED Gold-certified, 50,000-square-foot integrated science center and the Dwyer Ice Arena, which is equipped with 25-kilowatt roof solar panels. Bike racks, a new bike path and bike share program, a free shuttle bus, and a new electric vehicle for facilities services show NU's commitment to green transportation."

The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, The Best 384 Colleges and Best Value Colleges.

For more on NU's sustainability initiatives, visit www.niagara.edu/green.

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on "Green Rating" scores the company tallied in summer 2018 for 648 colleges using data from its survey of administrators at the colleges in 2017-18. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the tallies for the Green Rating score which was done on a scale of 60 to 99.  Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. The Green Rating scores can be found in the profiles of the schools on http://www.princetonreview.com and in the 2019 editions of The Princeton Review books, The Complete Book of Colleges and The Best 384 Colleges published in August 2018.  Information about Princeton Review's Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll (which lists schools that receive the highest possible rating score, 99), is at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.  

Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive institution, blending the best of a liberal arts and professional education, grounded in our values-based Catholic tradition. Its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management offer programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral level.

As the first Vincentian university established in the United States, Niagara prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honor of St. Vincent de Paul. Niagara’s institutional commitment to service learning has led to its inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since its inception in 2006, and its recognition with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation, tutoring, and college admission services company (www.princetonreview.com). Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The company is a subsidiary of ST Unitas, a global education technology company. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com.

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