The Princeton Review is one of the most trusted organizations for ranking colleges and universities, and Syracuse makes the top 20 on eight Princeton Review lists. The website uses eight broad categories with numerous subcategories and lists to give prospective students a feel for what each school is like.
The Princeton Review uses eight broad categories to rank colleges and universities across the country, including academics, campus life, extracurricular activities, politics and quality of life. The type of school, social scene and town life are also important factors. Within each of these categories are lists that rank colleges in a more specific manner.
The Review releases updated results each year, but as of the 2014 school year, Syracuse makes the top 20 on eight specific lists, mostly in the campus life and social scene categories. These lists include "Party Schools," "Lots of Hard Liquor," "Lots of Beer," "Lots of Greek Life" and "Reefer Madness." However, there are more academically positive rankings, including "Best College Newspaper," "Best College Radio Station," "Top Entrepreneurial Program" and "Most Popular Study Abroad Program."
In addition to the compilation of lists and rankings, the Princeton Review collects statistics on every school for users to compare when choosing a college. This includes but is not limited to the number of applicants and acceptance rate, average accepted GPA and student to teacher ratio.