Princeton Review gives McGill high marks


Again ranked among “Best 366 Colleges” in North America

McGill University is once again ranked as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in North America in the The Princeton Review’s annual guide “The Best 366 Colleges.”

McGill is one of only two Canadian universities featured in the 2008 edition of the guide, a respected reference for students, parents and high school counsellors published in August by The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company.

“We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek. “We evaluated them based on institutional data, feedback from students and our visits to schools. We also consider the opinions of independent college counsellors, students and parents we hear from and survey year-long.”

The Princeton Review, which has no affiliation with Princeton University, does not rank schools in any single category from one to 366, nor does it compile a “best overall” list. Instead, the survey of undergraduate programs asked 120,000 students at 366 top colleges to rate their schools in an 80-question survey, on everything from the quality of the professors to the diversity of the student community.

McGill students cited the strength of the University’s science, medicine and music programs, its groundbreaking researchers, its high academic standards and excellent reputation among graduate schools and employers. McGill made the list of top 20 colleges in categories pertaining to class diversity/interaction and great college towns.

Only about 15 per cent of the four-year colleges in North America appear in the guide, including the only other cited Canadian university, the University of Toronto.

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