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Whitman in the top 20

Princeton Review ranks Whitman among top 20 in the Nation

The Princeton Review's 1999 guide to the nation's "Best Colleges" ranks Whitman College among the top 20 colleges in the country for "best overall academic experience for undergraduates." The publication places Whitman in the company of Williams, Amherst, The University of Chicago, Cal-Tech, Princeton and Swarthmore.

The Review, reportedly the second most widely read guide to colleges, describes Whitman as a "highly competitive" college which "has almost everything going for it: a beautiful setting, a rigorous, difficult curriculum, a dedicated and exceptionally willing faculty, an attentive and helpful administration, and a phenomenal success rate among its graduates."

The Review also ranks Whitman's administration among the top 15 in the nation, including Whitman in their colleges "that run like butter" category.

To get its results, the publication surveys students at the nation's top colleges - 56,000 students last year. Students are asked to rate various aspects of their schools, including academic experience, faculty, administration, and social life.

Whitman once again failed to win any recognition for being "a party school," noted president Tom Cronin.