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July 28, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Makes Princeton
Review’s 2010 Best 371 Colleges Guide

POULTNEY, VT—Green Mountain College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features GMC in the new 2010 edition of its guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges.

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book. Published annually, Best Colleges has long been The Princeton Review’s most popular guidebook. Over the past sixteen years, it has helped inform millions of guidance counselors, parents, and prospective college students about choices in higher education.

“This represents outside confirmation of something we’ve known all along—that we are one the nation’s best schools,” said GMC president Paul J. Fonteyn. “This is the first time we been included in this list, and it reflects the positive changes happening on campus. We are attracting top-notch faculty and the quality of applicants for our incoming freshman class is even higher than last year, with more than twice as many incoming freshmen eligible for our honors program.”

The Princeton Review Guide combines statistical data gathered from the schools with opinions from over 120,000 students nationwide. The information goes toward crafting school profiles that offer readers firsthand feedback from students on campus life and the student body.

"We commend Green Mountain College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice-president of publishing and author of The Best 371 Colleges. “We make our choices based on institutional data we gather about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from our staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year. We also value the opinions and suggestions of our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and independent college counselors we hear from yearlong."

Schools in The Best 371 Colleges are also part of 640 colleges and universities that The Princeton Review commends in its website feature, "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region-Northeast / Midwest / Southeast / West."

The Princeton Review listing follows several national awards recognizing Green Mountain College for its environmental leadership. This year the College was one of only three schools across the country to receive a Sustainability Innovator Award from the Sustainable Endowments Institute. GMC also received a Campus Sustainability Leadership Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Green Mountain College is a four year liberal arts college that takes the environment as a unifying theme for its 800 undergraduates in 21 major programs of study.


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