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Hudson Valley Colleges on Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges List in 2012


Six Hudson Valley colleges — Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson; Marist College and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie; SUNY Albany in Albany; SUNY Purchase in Purchase; and the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point — have been named some of the best in the country as part of the Princeton Review’s “Best 376 Colleges” list for 2012.

» Meet our local colleges in our article “Staying Home to Go To College”

The list, which is published annually, details the results of 122,000 student surveys. See below for our favorite, fun, and just plain frank rankings for each of these institutions, as voted by their students during the Princeton Review survey:

First up: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

bard college fisher centerBard College’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Photograph courtesy of Bard College

Bard College:

Best Northeastern Colleges
#9 Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians
#5 Intercollegiate Sports Unpopular or Nonexistent
#19 Is It Food?
#5 Reefer Madness
#3 Least Religious Students
#7 Most Liberal Students
#16 Students Study the Most
#15 This is a Library?
» Bard college celebrates its 150th anniversary

Next: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

marist college fashion showMarist College Silver Needle Fashion Show 2010

Photograph by Christy Cappillino

Marist College:

Best Northeastern Colleges
#5 Most Popular Study Abroad Program
» Meet Marist College women’s basketball coach, Brian Giorgis
» Meet Marist College men’s basketball coach, Chuck Martin
» Stylin’: Marist College’s fashion department and Silver Needle Fashion Show & Awards

Next: Vassar college, Poughkeepsie, NY

vassar college studentsVassar College students

Photograph courtesy of Vassar College Media Relations

Vassar College:

Best Northeastern Colleges
Best Value Colleges for 2011 — Private (with USA Today)
#11 Dodgeball Targets
#7 Most Beautiful Campus
#4 Least Religious Students
» Vassar College celebrates its 150th anniversary

Next: SUNY Albany, Albany, NY

SUNY Albany:

Best Northeastern Colleges
#10 Least Beautiful Campus
#8 Dorms Like Dungeons
#5 Is It Food?

Next: SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

SUNY Purchase:

Best Northeastern Colleges
#10 Best College Theater
#2 Least Beautiful Campus
#19 Intercollegiate Sports Unpopular or Nonexistent
#11 Long Lines and Red Tape

Next: United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY

west pointUSMA graduates

Photograph from Highlands by Dr. Randolph Preston Schaffner

United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point:

Best Northeastern Colleges
#8 Best College Library
#16 Class Discussions Encouraged
#7 Don’t Inhale
#4 Everyone Plays Intramural Sports
#9 Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution
#14 College Town Not So Great
#6 Most Politically Active Students
#1 Most Accessible Professors
#18 School Runs Like Butter
#19 Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch
#5 Stone-Cold Sober Schools
#13 Most Conservative Students
#15 Most Religious Students
#7 Students Study the Most
#3 Best Health Services
#4 Best Classroom Experience
#3 Best Athletic Facilities

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