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The Princeton Review recognizes Clemson for strong town-gown relations, career services in the “Best 386 Colleges” guide for 2021


Clemson University landed in the number one spot for strong town-gown relations on The Princeton Review’s 2021 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges. The University also earned a top-20 spot in 10 additional categories, including best career services (#2) and happiest students (#11).

According to The Princeton Review, only about 14 percent of America’s 2,800 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. The company selects the colleges for the book based on data it collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings.

In “The Best 386 Colleges, 2020 Edition,” Clemson rankings are:

·      Best Career Services (#2)

·      Everyone Plays Intramural Sports (#3)

·      Students Pack the Stadiums (#4)

·      Their Students Love These Colleges (#5)

·      Most Conservative Students. (#10)

·      Happiest Students (#11)

·      Most Religious Students (#14)

·      Best Quality of Life (#17)

·      Future Rotarians and DAR (#17)

·      Best Athletic Facilities (#20)

In February 2020, Clemson also made The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges list and ranked as one of the country’s best schools for internships (#9) and best alumni networks (#11).

“Clemson students bring such a high level of passion and commitment to the experiences that they create and foster both in and out of the classroom,” said David Kuskowski, Clemson’s associate vice president of enrollment management. “Their desire to be engaged with each other through their academic and community pursuits produces a truly dynamic and engaged experience.”

The University has consistently ranked among the best colleges by The Princeton Review for over a decade. Colleges in the book are not ranked from one to 386. Instead, it reports 62 ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in various categories important to prospective applicants and their parents. The rankings in the current edition are based on the data from surveys of 143,000 students at the 386 schools in the guide.

“We salute Clemson University for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief and lead author of The Best 386 Colleges.


About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY and is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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