Sure, it’s down a spot from last year, but still a nice nod to our beautiful campus. Business Insider awarded a certain amount of points to each school based on where it placed in the following Princeton Review lists:
- Best College Library
- Great Financial Aid
- Best Career Services
- Best Health Services
- Best Campus Food
- Best College Dorms
- Most Beautiful Campus
- Easiest Campus to Get Around
- Best Quality of Life
- Town-Gown Relations are Great
- College City Gets High Marks
Penn State placed on several of the above lists, including top marks in best health services (but was absent from the Beautiful Campus list, which this totally impartial observer thinks can’t be right). Not all of the Princeton Review’s lists were taken into account, like the party school one where Penn State was No. 7.
The list didn’t just include big schools — taking home top marks was the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass., which has a student population of about 300, all of whom live in one of two dorms on campus. The rest of the top five was rounded out by Washington University, Virginia Tech, Whitman College, and Claremont McKenna College. Penn State was the only Big Ten school to crack the list.
The rankings have been good to Penn State this summer, as it was also pegged the No. 29 university in the country and a top 50 university in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. The oft-cited annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, where Penn State was No. 37 last year, generally come out in September.