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Sacred Heart Among Princeton Review’s Best 381 Colleges

Faculty involvement, facility upgrades and student activities play a role in the recognition

Sacred Heart University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review. The education service company features SHU in its new 2017 edition of its college guidebook, The Best 381 Colleges.

For over two decades, The Princeton Review has created the guidebook as a way to showcase the nation’s best colleges. The book’s purpose is to shine a light on the exceptional institutions that represent only 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. The listing also gives applicants a great amount of feedback to decide which college is the best for them.

SHU students cited in the guidebook said professors are “excellent” and “really know how to bring the subjects to life and bring relevancy to the topics being learned.” Students went on to say that “professors go above and beyond when you need it…They genuinely care about your success and happiness and are always willing to meet.”

Sacred Heart students have the much respect for their peers, according to book’s editors. Students described their classmates as “kind and considerate,” and said the school is known for its “door holding.” One student said, “Each door I go through someone holds it for me and each door I leave, I hold it open for them.”

While life at SHU might get hectic sometimes, students said there is always an opportunity to have fun or take a break on campus. They also mentioned that there’s plenty to do off campus that’s arranged by the University. “All in all, you have to work pretty hard at being bored at SHU,” wrote the editors.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top 381 schools. It is especially rewarding because much of the criteria for our ranking came from our students,” said SHU Provost Rupendra Paliwal.

According to the book’s editors, SHU is a “fantastic institution” that “brilliantly combines the ‘community’ feel of a small school with the ‘first-class’ facilities often associated with larger universities. Moreover, as a Catholic college, Sacred Heart deftly balances ‘service with learning.’ Academically, while SHU has many ‘amazing’ departments, students rush to highlight the business, health science and dance programs. Undergrads here also appreciate that the University does a ‘great job opening up study abroad experiences regardless of major.’”