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Magazines put Princeton at top of rankings

The latest college ranking conducted by U.S. News & World Report has again listed Princeton University as the top school for undergraduate students, while a separate annual ranking compiled by Kaplan and Newsweek also selected Princeton as a top school.

Princeton ranked No. 1 in "U.S. News 2008 America's Best Colleges" in the Best National Universities category, a position it has held for eight consecutive years. Princeton also ranked first for students graduating with the least debt and was listed No. 2 among national universities for best value.

The list of "The 25 Hottest Schools in America" released as a joint effort by the Kaplan education and testing firm and Newsweek magazine in its 2008 "How to Get into College" guide recognized Princeton as the "Hottest for Liberal Arts."

In response to the rankings, Princeton officials said, "We're gratified that Princeton continues to be recognized, not only for the overall quality of the education we provide, but also for our commitment to financial aid initiatives that make a Princeton education accessible to all admitted students, and the strength of the individual programs we offer."

Princeton last year announced the establishment of its University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts with the goal of infusing the arts throughout the college experience. The University also continues to serve as a model for efforts to make education more affordable, leading the way in launching sweeping initiatives that include replacing loans with grants that do not have to be repaid, which allows undergraduates to graduate debt free.

An estimated 53 percent of Princeton's undergraduate student body is on financial aid, and 54 percent of the incoming class of 2011 will receive aid.

In addition to the recognition for financial aid, U.S. News continues to place Princeton on unranked lists for the senior thesis requirement and opportunities for undergraduate research, the University's strong focus on writing, and the quality of students' first-year experience.

A later ranking released by The Princeton Review education service based on student survey responses to various elements of campus life ranked the University No. 1 for "Students Happy with Financial Aid" and second in the nation  in the separate categories of best library facilities and most beautiful campus. The Princeton Review is a private firm not affiliated with the University, and ranked schools in its "Best 366 Colleges" guide.

"While we understand that many students consider the rankings when choosing a university, we continue to encourage students to use a variety of resources to find the best match for them," Princeton officials said. "It is not possible for any ranking to capture the distinctiveness of an institution or to determine whether any university is the best choice for a student."

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