August 3, 2010
PITTSBURGH (August 3, 2010) … Chatham University was once again named one of the best colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Reviewand is one of 218 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition (Random House / Princeton Review Books, On Sale August 10, 2010, $16.99) and on its Best in the Northeastsection of its website feature, 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region posted August 2, 2010 on PrincetonReview.com.
In addition, Chatham again scored 98 in Princeton Review’s Green rating, the highest score in Pittsburgh. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallies in several categories based on institutional data provided by the colleges in 2009-10 and/or student survey data. Ratings of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) are given when the college has not reported a sufficient amount of the data The Princeton Review requested for a full score tally in that category.
Criteria for The Princeton Review Green Rating cover three areas: 1/ whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable, 2/ how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges, and 3/ the school’s overall commitment to environmental issues. The institutional survey for the rating included questions on energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation as well as academic offerings and action plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating with ecoAmerica (www.ecoamerica.org), a non-profit environmental organization, in 2007-08.
Chatham is also included in the new free guidebook, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), The Princeton Review calls the guide the “first free, comprehensive guidebook focused solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives.” The Princeton Review selected the 286 schools included in the Guide based on the “Green Ratings” received in summer 2009.
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publishing, “We’re pleased to recommend Chatham University to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”
The 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best Northeastern Colleges” book and website list are located in eleven 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 152 colleges in the Midwest, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
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About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.