BYU named No. 1 stone-cold sober school by Princeton Review

BYU named No. 1 stone-cold sober school by Princeton Review

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SALT LAKE CITY — For the 18th straight year, BYU has been named as the top "stone-cold sober" school by The Princeton Review, based on a survey of 136,000 students at 380 colleges.

The Princeton Review, a college admissions company that tutors students in standardized testing and their college options, released the list Monday. The listing is included in its publication, "The 380 Best Colleges," an annual prospectus of the top colleges in America, which goes on sale Tuesday.

BYU has been at the top of the stone-cold sober list since 1997, when the Princeton Review first introduced the list.

Rounding out the top five of the list this year were College of the Ozarks in Missouri, Wheaton College in Illinois, Grove City College in Pennsylvania and the United States Military Academy in New York.

"Our 62 ranking lists provide students with a way to see the types of colleges that could help them achieve their future goals and dreams," Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president-publisher, said.

The company asked an average of 358 students per college 80 questions each about their school's operation, in areas ranging from academics to student life.

Stone-cold sober wasn't the only list the BYU featured in. The university also finished at:

  • No. 1 in Got Milk?
  • No. 1 in Most Religious Students
  • No. 1 in Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch
  • No. 2 in Don't Inhale
  • No. 4 in 2015 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Undergraduate
  • No. 4 in Best-Run Colleges
  • No. 4 in Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution
  • No. 5 in Most Conservative Students
  • No. 6 in LGBTQ-Unfriendly
  • No. 8 in Town-Gown Relations Are Great
  • No. 19 in Best College Library
BYU also was named one of the best private schools, "Colleges That Pay You Back", Impact Schools and one of the colleges with the "Best Alumni Network".

The University of Utah finished at No. 2 in "Top Undergraduate School for Video Game Design", No. 11 in "Best Health Services" and No. 15 in "Most Religious Students".

Westminster College finished No 16 in "Town-Gown Relations are Great" and was named one of the best "Green Schools".

Utah State University, Weber State University and Southern Utah University were not named among The Princeton Review's top 380 colleges.

Andy Larsen

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