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College of the Atlantic praised by Princeton Review

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BAR HARBOR - College of the Atlantic's "unique approach to academics," its "eclectic and brilliant" faculty, have once again netted the school a place among the best colleges in North America. In Princeton Review's annual "The Best 376 Colleges," released Monday, College of the Atlantic is noted as offering an outstanding undergraduate education. An annual ranking by Forbes Magazine places COA among the top 200 colleges in the nation.

COA is also one of only five colleges to appear on the review's "Green Honor Roll" in each of the four years of the Princeton Review rating. The popular college guide also labeled COA students as among the most engaged in the nation. This year it took a third place ranking in the category of "Most Politically Active Students."

The annual guide includes only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges. The Forbes guide, available online, includes 650 schools.

The Princeton Review narrative comments that "students eagerly sing the praises of their professors," and mentions their unusual accessibility. It also speaks about the motivation of students. Included in the COA description is this note: "For students in search of a school that will challenge them, [COA] is an excellent place."

"Princeton Review has it right," says COA President Darron Collins, PhD, a 1992 alumnus of the college. "COA does more than educate its students; faculty, staff and other students work together so that our students graduate knowing how to continue learning, and how to apply that education to become successful in a very difficult job market and stagnant economy."

According to Princeton Review editor Robert Franek, "We commend College of the Atlantic for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our goal is not to crown one college 'best' overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them."

Reflecting upon the Forbes listing, President Collins continued, "We are especially proud of the fact that we stand among the top schools in the nation, even though the Forbes criteria is not well-suited to a young, small, and mission-driven college like COA."

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