Princeton review recognizes UH
UH has been named one of the best colleges for undergraduate students by the Princeton Review, a first-time achievement for the University.
UH will be featured in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition,” which will be released in August.
The guide provides categories used nationally by parents and future students choosing colleges.
“The Princeton Review’s acknowledgment of UH’s excellence in undergraduate education underscores the fact that we continue to make progress,” Richard Bonnin, UH director of media relations, said. “This is an exciting and welcoming place that prepares students to succeed in the global economy.”
In a letter sent through email to students, UH President Renu Khator discussed what the recognition means to students and the University as a whole.
“Since we are striving to achieve overall excellence, this recognition by the Princeton Review is one more important indication that we’re making great progress,” Khator said. “This is the first time our school has been included, so it’s gratifying to know our efforts at improving student success are starting to show real results.”
Khator cited reasons for the recognition, which includes research initiatives, improvement, construction upgrades of campus facilities and quality admissions standards and staff.
The Princeton Review recognition is based on student surveys; 122,000 students were used to determine the quality of UH.
“A lot of it has to do with the academic performance, but also the student environment outside the classroom,” said Michael J. Lawrence, interim vice president for student affairs.
“Also, we deal with a lot of research since it is a major research institution.”
The University has been working towards becoming a Tier One school, and the initiatives taken have been successful in gaining the recognition.
As the news comes to UH, officials expect good things are in store for the University’s reputation.
“I believe that our inclusion in the Princeton Review will mean greater exposure for the University to families and students from across the US as well as worldwide,” said David B. Small, associate vice president of student services.
“As a result, we may expect UH’s student population to become even more cosmopolitan and diverse. Also, more out-of-state students will create a greater demand for campus housing. These are positive outcomes.”