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August 4, 2011
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Receives a Top Ten Ranking in Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges

POULTNEY--Classes are small and discussions are lively at Green Mountain College. That's why GMC ranked 6th in the nation in the Princeton Review's "class discussions encouraged" category. The evaluation appears as part of the Princeton Review's The Best 376 Colleges 2012 edition released this week.

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on surveys of students attending the colleges.

"We commend Green Mountain College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publishing and author of The Best 376 Colleges.

Ratings are based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2010-11 academic year and student surveys conducted for the book. The ratings are scored on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile in eight categories including: academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, and green, a measure of school's commitment to environmentally-related policies, practices and education.

Earlier this year, Green Mountain was rated among the most environmentally responsible schools in the country by The Princeton Review in its 2011 Guide to 311 Green Colleges. This analysis was completed with the assistance of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Green Mountain scored 98 out of a possible 99 points in the analysis, placing it among the greenest schools in the nation.

GMC was named greenest school in the nation by Sierra magazine and recently became the second school in the country to be climate neutral—and the first to do so through efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of quantifiable local carbon offsets.

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