Princeton Review again lists CSUSB as one of the Best in the West

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Cal State San Bernardino continues to be recognized for its exceptional work as it has been again listed as one of the top colleges in the West, according to The Princeton Review’s 2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region website.

This marks the 17th year that the education services company has named CSUSB as one of the Best in the West, according to its website, which lists 127 four-year colleges.

“We’re thrilled to once again be recognized by The Princeton Review for our outstanding campus, our amazing faculty and staff, and our excellent academic programs. We’re especially gratified by the great and positive comments from our students about CSUSB,” said university President Tomás D. Morales. “Our goal is to provide our students with an innovative and challenging education that will serve them, and help them excel as they become the leaders and innovators in their communities and in society.”

In its website profile on Cal State San Bernardino, The Princeton Review indicates that the university provides a great education that allows students to discover amazing things about themselves.

“We chose Cal State San Bernardino and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. He noted that the company considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits. “We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” Franek added.

The website feature highlights 655 colleges that The Princeton Review recommends over five regions: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and international. The colleges that made the Best in the West list are located in 15 Western states. The schools in each region are listed in alphabetical order by school name, and not ranked.

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review website.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 655 “regional best” colleges overall or by region. However, some schools on the “regional best” lists also appear in The Princeton Review’s book, “The Best 386 Colleges: 2021 Edition” (Penguin Random House, Aug. 18, 2020), and may appear on the company’s 62 categories of ranking lists in that book. The rankings, viewable on The Princeton Review website, are based entirely on the company’s surveys of 143,000 students at the 386 schools in the book.

The 127 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” 2021 list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The Princeton Review also designated 224 colleges in the Northeast, 158 in the Midwest, 142 in the Southeast and four in the International region as “best” in their locales on the company’s “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists for 2021 constitute about 23 percent of the nation’s 2,800 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in New York, NY, it is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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