The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a college admission services company offering test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and books published by Random House. The company has more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the United States and Canada and international franchises in 14 other countries. The company is headquartered in New York City, and is privately held. Despite the title, it is not associated with Princeton University.[1]

The Princeton Review
FounderJohn Katzman,
Adam Robinson
Key people
Sangje Lee, CEO
OwnerST Unitas
ParentST Unitas
DivisionsCollege, Business School, Law School, Grad School, Med School

Corporate history

The Princeton Review was founded in 1981 by John Katzman, who—shortly after leaving college—taught SAT preparation to 15 students in New York City.[2] He served as CEO until 2007, and was replaced by Michael Perik. In March 2010, Perik resigned and was replaced by John M. Connolly. In April 2010, the company sold $48 million in stock for $3 per share, and a short time later was accused of fraud in a class action suit filed by a Michigan retirement fund, which claimed The Princeton Review leadership exaggerated earnings to boost its stock price.[3] In 2012, the company was acquired by Charlesbank Capital, a private equity fund, for $33 million.[4] On August 1, 2014, the Princeton Review brand name and operations were bought for an undisclosed sum by, an IAC company, and Mandy Ginsburg became CEO. The company is no longer affiliated with its former parent, Education Holdings 1, Inc.[5] On March 31, 2017, ST Unitas acquired the Princeton Review for an undisclosed sum.[6]

Test preparation

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The Princeton Review offers preparation courses for various tests at the Princeton Review website:[7]

The company offers courses worldwide through company-owned and third-party franchises. Countries with Princeton Review franchises include China, India, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.[8]



Test preparation providers have been criticized in the past on the grounds that their courses claim larger score increases than they deliver.[9]

Ranking schools

College rankings, including those published by the Princeton Review, have been criticized for failing to be accurate or comprehensive by assigning objective rankings formed from subjective opinions.[10] Princeton Review officials counter that their rankings are unique in that they rely on student opinion and not just on statistical data.[11][12]

In 2002 an American Medical Association affiliated program, A Matter of Degree,[13] funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, criticized the Princeton Review list of Best Party Schools.[14] USA Today published an editorial titled "Sobering Statistics"[15] in August 2002 and stated, "the doctor's group goes too far in suggesting that the rankings contribute to the problem (of campus drinking)." The editorial noted the fact that among the schools the AMA program was then funding as part of its campaign against campus drinking, six of 10 of those schools calling for The Princeton Review to "drop the annual ranking...had made (Princeton Review's) past top-party-school lists: many times for some. That's no coincidence." The editorial commended The Princeton Review for reporting the list, calling it "a public service" for "student applicants and their parents".

Rankings for LGBT-related lists have also been criticized as inaccurate due to outdated methodologies.[16] The Princeton Review bases its LGBT-Friendly and LGBT-Unfriendly [17] top twenty ranking lists, which asks undergraduates: "Do students, faculty, and administrators at your college treat all persons equally regardless of their sexual orientations and gender identify/expression?" The Princeton Review also publishes The Gay & Lesbian Guide to College Life.[18][19]

Privacy concerns

In 2016, the company was criticized by privacy rights advocates who worry that a company that owns online dating and college preparation services could amass data and exploit it in a way that preys on unsuspecting consumers, particularly younger people.[20] "Do parents know that when their underage kids enroll for exam prep or tutoring, personal information may be shared with hookup sites that could then target their kids to become customers?" asked one critic, who concluded that the company "makes no guarantee that data sharing among its entities will not include those customers whose sole aim is to improve their grades and test scores."[21] Indeed, another critic points out that The Princeton Review "policy states 'we may collect certain information from your computer each time you visit our site'—information like data 'regarding your academic and extracurricular activities and interests.' That information can be used to 'send you email notices and offers; perform research and analysis about your use of or interest in our products, services or products or services offered by others; [and] develop and display content and advertising tailored to your interests on our site and other sites.'"[22]


  1. ^ Princeton Review website, history
  2. ^ Princeton Review website, history
  3. ^ "Investor Accuses Princeton Review Of Fraud". 360Law. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ [ps:// " Acquires Princeton Review"]. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ "IAC/InterActive Unit Agrees to Buy Princeton Review name". Wall Street Journal. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  6. ^ Hyo-Sik, Lee (February 14, 2017). "ST Unitas Acquires The Princeton Review". Korea Times. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Official website". Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  8. ^ International Offices of The Princeton Review at the Princeton Review website
  9. ^ John Hechinger (May 20, 2009). "SAT Coaching Found to Boost Scores – Barely". The Wall Street Journal.
  10. ^ Valerie Strauss. "U.S. News’s College Rankings Face Competition and Criticism", The Washington Post, 17 August 2008.
  11. ^ "Robert Franek – author of The Best 377 Colleges". Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Best 380 Colleges Videos - The Princeton Review". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  13. ^ A Matter of Degree: Reducing High-Risk Drinking Among College Students(pdf), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 23, 200
  14. ^ End of Top Party School's Ranking?. The Early Show. CBS News. August 27, 2002. Retrieved on October 30, 2009.
  15. ^ USA TODAY OPED Staff,"Sobering Statistics", USA Today, Aug. 20, 2002
  16. ^ "Princeton Review's Approach is Outdated -". 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  17. ^ "School Rankings". Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  18. ^ "The Princeton Review". Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  19. ^ Guide to College for LGBT Students. Retrieved on 2013-08-02.
  20. ^ The Mercury News, April 15, 2016, editorial by Ken McEldowney
  21. ^ "Violating Privacy Is Bad Business". 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Recent Online Dating Company IPO Raises Questions About Privacy". The Huffington Post. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.

External links

Albright College

Albright College is a private, co-educational, liberal arts college. It was founded in 1856 and is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, United States.

Albright College has been named one of the "Best Northeastern" schools for 14 consecutive years by The Princeton Review. Albright College has also been named one of the most ethnically and economically diverse schools in the country by U.S News and World Report. In the “Campus Ethnic Diversity” category, as part of its 2018 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News ranked Albright 33rd out of 208 national liberal arts colleges. In the “Economic Diversity” category, Albright ranked 27th out of 210 national liberal arts schools named. The Economist magazine listed Albright among the top 50 American colleges and universities for economic value in 2015.

Daily Collegian

The Daily Collegian is a student-operated newspaper that is published independently at the Pennsylvania State University. The newspaper is printed on weekdays during the Fall, Spring, and second Summer semesters. It is distributed for free at the University Park campus.

A compilation edition of the week's top stories, known as the Weekly Collegian is also distributed free of charge at the University's Commonwealth campuses. Subscriptions to the Weekly Collegian and The Daily Collegian, as well as back issues, can be purchased.

Collegian Inc., which publishes The Daily Collegian, the Weekly Collegian, Collegian Magazine, Venues, and The Daily Collegian Online, is an independent, non-profit corporation and has a board of directors that is composed of faculty, students, and professionalsThe mission statement of Collegian Inc. is "to publish a quality campus newspaper and to provide a rewarding educational experience for the student staff members." The student editing and reporting staff has received notable journalism awards. In 2010, the Collegian won the Best Newspaper Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Crown/Circle Awards. Other awards were won in 2010. In 2011, it was also nominated for numerous awards. In 2012, The Princeton Review ranked The Daily Collegian as the #1 college newspaper in the United States.The Daily Collegian is an affiliate of UWIRE, which distributes and promotes its content to their network. They contributed articles to the site from 1997-2009.

Engineering physics

Engineering physics or engineering science refers to the study of the combined disciplines of physics, mathematics and engineering, particularly computer, nuclear, electrical, electronic, materials or mechanical engineering. By focusing on the scientific method as a rigorous basis, it seeks ways to apply, design, and develop new solutions in engineering.

Joe Bloggs

"Joe Bloggs" and "Fred Bloggs" are placeholder names commonly used in the United Kingdom, for teaching, programming, and other thinking and writing.


KRLX is a student-run, freeform radio format, non-commercial FM campus radio station broadcasting from Northfield, Minnesota. Affiliated with Carleton College. The station's call sign was chosen to read "KaRL-ten," since X is the Roman numeral for ten. KRLX broadcasts with 100 watts of power at 88.1 MHz and produces live streaming media, expanding the station's reach to the world. The KRLX studios are located in the basement of the Sayles-Hill Campus Center, Carleton's student union; they feature basic production tools, a record library, and a live FM studio. The basement location is the motivation for the station's motto, "It's better on the bottom." KRLX is licensed for continuous broadcast, but because the station is student-run, the signal is present only when school is in session. Because Carleton does not offer a summer term, the station generally broadcasts September through June, though not during winter and spring breaks.

In the fall of 2005, KRLX introduced podcasting for all of its non-music shows, including all of the station's original news programming and Periscope.

Beginning in 2005, The Princeton Review began ranking KRLX as one of the nation's top college radio stations. In 2009, KRLX was ranked the 12th best station in the country. By 2018, it had moved up to position #4 on the Princeton Review list of best college radio stations.


KUPS (90.1 FM) is a non-commercial college radio station in Tacoma, Washington located at 90.1 MHz FM. KUPS began operations in 1968 as an experiment in closed-circuit AM broadcasting. At that time, the station was available only in buildings on the campus of the University of Puget Sound.

KUPS broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the greater Tacoma area on 90.1FM and to the rest of the world online. The station is administered by the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound, and is run by over 120 student volunteers and paid staff members. KUPS features many shows, such as DJ Pomosexual's "The Schopen-hour," and many genres, including: Alternative, Loud Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronic, and Jazz programs with listeners in the Tacoma, Washington area.

National Vocabulary Championship

The National Vocabulary Championship (NVC) was the first-ever U.S.-wide vocabulary competition for high school students created by GSN, in association with The Princeton Review. Thirty thousand high school students from across the United States participated in the inaugural year (2006-2007).

The NVC aimed to inspire students to expand their vocabularies and narrow the achievement gap. The program offered free educational resources, created spirited competition through testing and game play, and awarded more than $100,000 annually in college tuition and other prizes.

Fifty finalists nationally received a trip to the NVC Finals, where they competed to win $40,000 toward college tuition in the form of a 529 plan and to be crowned the National Vocabulary Champion.

The host of the National Vocabulary Championship was GSN host Dylan Lane.

The NVC was discontinued after the 2007-2008 academic and competition year due to changes in GSN policy and administration.

Party school

The term party school is used to refer to a college or university (usually in the United States) that has a reputation for heavy alcohol and drug use or a general culture of licentiousness at the expense of educational credibility and integrity. The most quoted list of alleged party schools is published annually by The Princeton Review. The magazine Playboy also releases a list of party schools on an irregular basis. Many schools bristle at the party school label, and the lists have been condemned by groups such as the American Medical Association for promoting dangerous behavior.

Rhodes College

Rhodes College is a private liberal arts college in Memphis, Tennessee. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Rhodes enrolls approximately 2,000 students.

The campus sits on a 123-acre, wooded site in the heart of historic Midtown Memphis. Due to the campus' natural beauty and distinctive Collegiate Gothic architecture, The Princeton Review named Rhodes the #1 Most Beautiful College Campus in America in its 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges.

Rhodes has been named America's #1 Service-Oriented College by Newsweek, and has been recognized by The Princeton Review, U.S. News, Fiske Guide to Colleges and Forbes. Rhodes is also included in Colleges That Change Lives and The Princeton Review's Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom. in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review's Colleges That Pay You Back, Rhodes ranked #16 for Best Schools for Internships.

Saint Joseph's College (Indiana)

Saint Joseph's College (SJC; colloquially, Saint Joe) was a coeducational, private, Catholic liberal arts college located in Rensselaer, Indiana, United States which closed in 2017. At the time of its closure approximately 1,100 students were enrolled.

St. Joseph's was ranked as a "Best Midwestern College" by The Princeton Review and U.S. News. On Feb. 3, 2017, the school announced it had temporarily suspended operations at the end of the 2016–17 academic year.

Samford University

Samford University is a Christian university in Homewood, Alabama. In 1841, the university was founded as Howard College. Samford University is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford University is Alabama's top-ranked private university. The university enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Samford University has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and The Princeton Review.

State University of New York at Purchase

State University of New York at Purchase (commonly Purchase College) is a public college in Harrison, New York, in the hamlet of Purchase. It is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as "the cultural gem of the SUNY system", Purchase College offers "a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity." Purchase College was ranked 9 in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 listing of top public liberal arts colleges. The college was listed as one of Kiplinger's 100 Best Public College Values in 2017. It was also listed in that publication's 2014 list of Best Values in Small Colleges. The Princeton Review included Purchase College in its 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges.Purchase College confers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Music (MM), Music Artist Diploma and Music Performers Certificate. As a requirement for the BA and BS degree, students undertake a senior project in which they devote two semesters to an in-depth, original, and creative study under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. Similarly, the BFA and MusB studies culminate in a senior exhibition, film, or recital. Master's degree programs culminate in a thesis and the MFA and MM culminate in an exhibition, recital, or related presentation.

Suffolk University

Suffolk University is a private, non-sectarian, non-profit research university located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, United States. With 7,560 students (includes all campuses, 7,379 at the Boston location alone), it is the eighth largest university in metropolitan Boston. It is categorized as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It was founded as a law school in 1906 and named after its location in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The university's notable alumni include mayors, dozens of U.S. federal and state judges and United States members of Congress.The university, located at the downtown edge of the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, is coeducational and comprises the Suffolk University Law School, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Sawyer Business School.

The Princeton Review recently ranked the Sawyer Business School as "One of Top 15 in Global Management" and its entrepreneurship program is ranked among the top 25 in the U.S. The Princeton Review, also currently ranks some of its MBA programs among the top 50 business programs in the nation. The 2015 edition of U.S. News publication ranked Suffolk Law School 6th in the United States for its Legal Writing, 13th for its Alternative Dispute Resolution program, and 20th for legal clinics. It has an international campus in Madrid in addition to the main campus in downtown Boston. Due to its strategic location and well-known law school, many notable scholars, prominent speakers and politicians have visited and given speeches at the university such as John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.The university's sports teams, the Suffolk Rams, compete in NCAA Division III as members of the GNAC and the ECAC in 19 varsity sports.

The Bowdoin Orient

The Bowdoin Orient is the student newspaper of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, United States. Established in 1871, the Orient is the oldest continuously-published college weekly in the United States. It was named the second best tabloid-sized college weekly at a Associated Collegiate Press conference in March 2007. In its 2014 college rankings, The Princeton Review named it the 15th best college newspaper; Bowdoin is the smallest school and only liberal arts school to make the list. In 2018, the New England Newspaper and Press Association named the Orient the best college newspaper in New England, and the Princeton Review ranked it sixth in the nation.

The Cornell Daily Sun

The Cornell Daily Sun is an independent daily newspaper published in Ithaca, New York by students at Cornell University and hired employees.

The Sun features coverage of the university and its environs as well as stories from the Associated Press and UWIRE. It prints on weekdays when the university is open for academic instruction as a tabloid-sized daily. In addition to these regular issues, The Sun publishes a graduation issue and a freshman issue, which is mailed to incoming Cornell freshmen before their first semester. The paper is free on campus and online.

Aside from a few full-time production and business positions, The Sun is staffed by Cornell students and is fully independent of the university. It operates out of its own building in downtown Ithaca. The Sun is currently the number one college newspaper in the United States, according to The Princeton Review.

University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Founded in 1908 as the Fredericksburg Teachers College, the institution was named Mary Washington College in 1938 after Mary Ball Washington, mother of the first president of the United States, George Washington. The General Assembly of Virginia changed the college's name to the University of Mary Washington in 2004 to reflect the addition of graduate and professional programs to the central undergraduate curriculum, as well as the establishment of more than one campus.

Each year, students pursue more than 60 majors and programs of graduate and undergraduate study through the university's three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education. One third of UMW's undergraduate students study abroad before graduation, taking advantage of 121 study abroad programs in 56 countries. UMW Athletics' 23 teams compete in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference. Known as the UMW Eagles, 308 of these student-athletes have been named to All-American teams.

UMW has been consistently ranked a top college in the U.S. and in the southern region of the U.S. by The Princeton Review, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report. In 2018, UMW was named a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers for the tenth year in a row, placing fourth among small schools.

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, also known as UPJ or Pitt-Johnstown, is a four-year, degree-granting state-related university institution that is a residential, regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The university is located in Richland Township, a suburban area of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and was founded in 1927 as one of the first regional campuses of a major university in the United States. UPJ is ranked as the 28th best baccalaureate college in the North and the eighth best public baccalaureate college in the North by U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Colleges 2010" annual college guide. UPJ is also listed among the "Best Colleges in the Northeastern Region" by The Princeton Review.

University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, UT Knoxville, UTK, or UT) is a public research university in Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee became the 16th state, it is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system, with ten undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges. It hosts almost 28,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. In its 2019 universities ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT 115th among all national universities and 52nd among public institutions of higher learning. Seven alumni have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. James M. Buchanan, M.S. '41, received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics. UT's ties to nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, established under UT President Andrew Holt and continued under the UT–Battelle partnership, allow for considerable research opportunities for faculty and students.

Also affiliated with the university are the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, and the University of Tennessee Arboretum, which occupies 250 acres (100 ha) of nearby Oak Ridge and features hundreds of species of plants indigenous to the region. The university is a direct partner of the University of Tennessee Medical Center, which is one of two Level I trauma centers in East Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee is the only university in the nation to have three presidential papers editing projects. The university holds collections of the papers of all three U.S. presidents from Tennessee—Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. UT is one of the oldest public universities in the United States and the oldest secular institution west of the Eastern Continental Divide.


WMUH (91.7 FM) is a college radio station, supported through Muhlenberg College, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania in the United States.

In 2000, WMUH was named one of the top 20 college radio stations by The Princeton Review. That same year, WMUH was named the best radio station in the Lehigh Valley (including commercial stations) by the Lehigh Valley Music Awards Association.


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