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    Princeton Review Recognizes Duquesne as Among Nation’s Top Colleges and Best in the Northeast

    Duquesne University is, once again, one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, in addition to being named a Best in the Northeast according to two publications by The Princeton Review. The education services company features Duquesne in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges and names DuquesneBest in the Northeast.


    Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges, and three colleges outside the United States, are profiled in The Best 376 Colleges, The Princeton Review’s premier 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/publisher and author of The Best 376 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.”

    In addition to providing rankings of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based on surveys of students attending the colleges, the guide also includes rating scores for all schools in eight categories.

    Duquesne’s best rating is as a member of the Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll. It was chosen as one of 17 colleges from 1,106 institutions reviewed, to receive the highest possible score (99) in fire safety, a measurement of how well prepared a college is to prevent or respond to fires in campus residence halls.

    The Best in the Northeast website feature lists Duquesne as one of only 220 institutions chosen for this recognition. Again, Duquesne was selected based on academic strength compared with undergraduate institutions in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.