Duquesne University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, as well as one of the best colleges in the Northeast region, according to two publications by The Princeton Review. The education services company features Duquesne in the new 2011 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 373 Colleges, and recommends Duquesne as Best in the Northeast.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in The Best 373 Colleges, The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.
“We commend Duquesne for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publishing and author of The Best 373 Colleges. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
Duquesne received its highest rankings in Fire Safety, Green, Admissions and Quality of Life rankings. The University is called “cosmopolitan yet caring” and uniting “the diversity and opportunities of an urban university with the community and comfort of a small liberal arts college.”
One observation says, “The administrators, the professors, and the school ministers can be seen walking around campus. All of them have been known to stop and talk to groups of students around the school.”
Among the most popular majors are accounting, nursing and pharmacy. Notes the Princeton Review, “The music school also receives ample praise and benefits from studio teachers who are ‘some of the best in the world.’ Regardless of the specific program, “Professors are eager to really engage with students and are available for extra support whenever you need it.”
The Best of the Northeast book and website listing show Duquesne as one of only 218 institutions chosen for this recognition. Again, Duquesne was selected primarily on the basis of academic strength compared with undergraduate institutions in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia.
“Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists,” Franek noted.
Duquesne also has been ranked as a top tier university among 1,400 American institutions, as well as one of the top 10 schools in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. Several of the University’s schools—including business, law, nursing, and leadership and professional advancement—have received selective recognition. Duquesne also has earned honors for its use of “green” power on campus and other sustainability initiatives.