NJIT is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2010 edition of its popular guidebook: The Best 371 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the annual guide.
“We’re pleased once again to appear in the Princeton Review,” said NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch.
Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Vice President for Publishing and guide book author commended NJIT for its outstanding academics, which were the primary criterion for inclusion in the book. Franek said that he chooses schools based on institutional data the Review gathers about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year.
Mathematics, science, technology, and architecture offerings all shine at NJIT, according to the Review. Comments noted how intense NJIT was as an academic university and how this atmosphere prepares students for the working world. Students also pointed out how well NJIT students interact, especially during exam time. Said one: “Seniors help juniors, who help sophomores, who help freshman. It’s helpful when someone who has taken the courses you’re taking at the moment can put things into perspective and give you hints about what may be on the test.”
There was talk about team sports performing better, and how a sense of competition was building among students. Thursday night campus parties received kudos. More praise abounded for the availability of fine dining and good food in Newark’s Ironbound section – only a half-mile walk from campus. Students touted the school’s proximity to New York City and the easy access to an inexpensive public transportation system. The small classes and compact campus were highlighted: Students said the two of them together gave the school a small-town atmosphere.
The schools in The Best 371 Colleges are part of 640 colleges and universities that The Princeton Review commends in its website feature, "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region - Northeast/Midwest/Southeast/West."
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