Princeton's MN Picks: Carleton, St. Olaf, Gustavus and Mac

Just four Minnesota liberal arts colleges made this year’s Princeton Review annual college rankings — Carleton, St. Olaf, Gustavus Adolphus and Macalester.
Most achievements were in the lifestyle department, with the exception of Carleton’s “Professors Get High Marks” and Mac’s “Most Popular Study Abroad Programs.”
Alas, the almighty U didn’t place.
    School Rank Category  
    Carleton College 5 School Runs Like Butter (administration gets high marks)  
      10 Best College Radio Station  
      12 Most Liberal Students (lean left politically)  
      16 Everyone Plays Intramural Sports  
      16 Professors Get High Marks  
    St. Olaf College 6 Best Campus Food  
      6 Town-Gown Relations are Great  
      15 Best Quality of Life .
    Gustavus Adolphus College 18 Best Campus Food  
    Macalester College 8 Least Religious Students  
      8 Most Liberal Students (lean left politically) .
      11 LGBT-Friendly  
      14 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs  
      15 Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians  
      15 Most Politically Active Students  
All of the rankings and explanations are available on the Princeton Review’s Web site (registration may be required) as well as its book, “The Best 373 Colleges — 2011 Edition.” 
The rankings have been criticized as being unscientific — they’re based on surveys given to 122,000 students at 373 colleges — but they’re still fun watercooler fodder.
  • wbgleason

    I am very skeptical of the Princeton ratings…

    Nonetheless, more Minnesota schools made it at the regional level. From a Winona State press release:

    Winona State University has been named among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, for the seventh consecutive year.

    Other Minnesota schools included on Princeton Review's 2011 “Best in the Midwest” list are: Augsburg, Carleton, St. Scholastica, St. Catherine, Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline,Macalester, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Saint Mary’s University of Winona, St. Olaf, University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Crookston campuses.

    I think all of these places are decent schools. But the question is: Where is Morris, St. John's, St. Ben's, Duluth … Seems to be a strange sort of popularity contest. I can think of some reasons why these places might not be ranked but every one of them is AT LEAST the equal of some of the schools chosen by the Princeton folks.