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These Atlanta colleges landed on Princeton's "Best of " list

Gené Hunter

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) Last week the Princeton Review released its annual list of the best colleges across the country.

The list featured close to to 400 institutions, with three of them being located in Atlanta.

The 30th annual list is both published and sold in book form, with colleges making the list based on feedback collected through student surveys and additional data. Spelman College, Emory University and Georgia Tech were all featured in the 30th annual list.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Princeton Review took a different approach with the 2022 edition. In past editions, the publication would survey students to determine which institution would be named on its “top 20” lists. This year, the Review compiled over two dozen “Great Lists” that focus on topics that many college applicants and parents search for when considering schools.

"With most students attending college remotely this past year due to COVID, we knew it would be impossible to survey them about their on-campus experiences — from how they rated their college library to their campus food," Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review and author of the 2022 list, said in a news release. "The majority of them were dining in their family dining rooms, not their campus dining halls."

The collection of "Great Lists" recognizes the best colleges in several areas, including financial aid, professors and overall classroom experience.

In addition to surveying students, The Princeton Review curated the "Great Lists" by doing a deep dive through the book's previous rankings. Selections were based on three criteria: the number of times a college appeared on a list and how recent its last appearance was; its numerical rank when on a list; and the overall consistency of feedback from surveyed students in a given category.

Each "Great List" includes anywhere from 16 to 29 schools. Schools are not ranked; instead, they appear in alphabetical order.

The final 387 schools included in the 2022 edition represent each school that appears on a "Great List."

Here are the Atlanta colleges named among the country's best by Princeton Review:

  • Spelman College: 2,207
  • Emory University: 7,010
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: 16,561

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