Princeton survey aims to better aid prospective students

Jackie Palank

According to Princeton Review spokeswoman Jeanne Krier, the Princeton Review has surveyed college students annually since 1992 to rank schools on a variety of categories to better aid prospective students. The surveys consist of 70 questions ranging from academics to students’ social lives and political views.

Prospective students find the surveys helpful because they are completed by students, Krier said. The Princeton Review then compiles the information.

This year, the Review published 63 lists with 20 schools ranked for each category and students from 351 schools participated.

Freshman Kristen Kamm has already noticed how accurate the study was. She has visited the Raynor Library every day since school started.

“I see the same people here every day,” Kamm said.

Senior Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez said she spends about six to eight hours studying every day, and she frequents the Raynor and the Brew Bayou. She also sees the same faces when she studies.

Faculty members have acknowledged the dedication students give to their studies.

“My overwhelming view of Marquette students, with rare exception, is that they are enormously hard-working,” said Paul Shinkle, a philosophy department teaching assistant. “They study everywhere all the time. Even when it’s late, many lights are still on in the dorms.

“It’s cool to see students studying en masse. They’re not just isolated eggheads.”

Even though many students are dedicated to their studies, they also acknowledge another side of the college experience.

“I think that we’re a party school, but we’re also very studious and the new library helps,” sophomore Joe Gietl said.

Ben Tracy, director of university communication, noticed nothing but positive feedback from faculty and staff.

“Everyone is very proud, obviously, that our students take academics seriously,” he said. “To be recognized for that is a great thing.”

Marquette is also present in the Review’s list of the top 351 colleges in the nation and the top 150 schools in the Midwest.

Marquette has a history in the Princeton Review’s survey results. Marquette was ranked 16th in 2002 as a school where “professors make themselves scarce” and 15th in 1999 as a school whose “campus is tiny, unsightly or both.”