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7 UC campuses in Princeton Review’s ‘Best 379 Colleges’ guidebook

The Princeton Review names seven University of California campuses among “The Best 379 Colleges” in its guidebook for 2015.

UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz are among the four-year colleges profiled in the annual compilation, which highlights the top 15 percent of the nation's 2,500 colleges, as reflected by student surveys.

The guidebook ranks the top 20 colleges in 62 categories based on input from 130,000 students questioned about their campus experiences. The category rankings were posted online Monday (Aug. 4).

“Our purpose is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall or to rank these distinctive schools 1 to 379 on any single topic,” said Robert Franek, the guide's author and Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that's best for them.”

The Princeton Review guidebook also lists 150 best value colleges, which includes eight UC undergraduate campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz.

UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara also made Princeton Review’s green ratings honor roll of 24 environmentally friendly universities that is included in the guidebook.

Other high marks given to UC campuses in “The Best 379 Colleges” include:

  • UC Davis ranked third for best health services
  • UCLA ranked sixth for public universities on the 150 best value colleges list and fourth for best college newspaper
  • UC Santa Barbara ranked 13th for happiest students

UC campuses are routinely profiled and make top-ranked lists in Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges,” “Best Value Colleges” and “Guide to Green Colleges” books.