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Reed College ranked #1 in "Professors with the Highest Marks"

Reed College has the best professors in the nation according to the Princeton Review, based on a survey of more than 130,000 undergraduates. The education-services company will be publishing the 2015 edition of its college guide, The Best 378 Colleges, on Tuesday, August 5, and Reed is rated first for professors held in high esteem by their students. As reported by the Oregonian this morning, "At no U.S. college were students more effusive about their professors than at Reed, the most selective college in Oregon, where super-smart students learn at an intellectually curious, lushly green campus in Southeast Portland."

In addition to “Professors Get High Marks,” Reed is on the ranking lists at #3 for “Best Classroom Experience,” #4 for “Students Study the Most,”  #4 for “There’s a Game?” and #14 for “Great Financial Aid,” among others.

"Every college in our book offers outstanding academics," said Robert Franek, the guide's author and Princeton Review Senior VP/Publisher. "These colleges differ significantly in their program offerings, campus culture, locales, and cost. Our purpose is not to crown one college 'best' overall or to rank these distinctive schools 1 to 379 on any single topic. We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that's best for them."

These rankings are based on surveys of 130,000 students (average 343 per campus) 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.

It is no secret that Reed has been critical of college rankings. These lists need to be looked at with an exacting eye, since they often rely on questionable methodology. Nonetheless, the Princeton Review is based on feedback from real students who actually took classes from Reed professors, and we are proud to celebrate this intellectual synergy.