Whitman College’s professors recently received a No. 9 ranking in this year’s “The Best 371 Colleges,” The Princeton Review’s annual college-selection guide.

“I have known for nearly three decades that the faculty of Whitman College is one of the very best in the nation, and I am always delighted when its members receive the kudos they rightly deserve,” said Tim Kaufman-Osborn, Whitman’s provost and dean of the faculty.

And although the faculty, at this college revered for its academic excellence, ranked high in the guide’s “Professors Get High Marks” category, the rankings also indicate there’s more to life than academics at Whitman. Most students have a ball – or a Frisbee, in their after-hours schedule. Whitman ranked fourth in the category “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports.”

Among categories in which Whitman landed in the Top-20:

Best Colleges seal#11 - Best Classroom Experience

#12 - Best College Theater

#12 – School Runs like Butter

#15 – Happiest Students

#16 – Best College Radio Station

#19 – Best College Library

#20 – Best Quality of Life

To come up with the findings for the new edition, The Princeton Review asked 122,000 students at the 371 colleges – mostly United States’ schools and a handful of Canadian schools – to rate their schools on dozens of topics and to report on their campus experiences.

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“We chose schools… primarily for their outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review in a past interview. “We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them and our visits to schools over the years.”

“Each of our 371 ‘best’ colleges offers great academics,” Franek said. “However, we don’t rank schools academically because our goal is to help students find and get into the best school for them.”

He said they tally 62 ranking lists based on the student ratings and on institutional data collected by The Princeton Review, which is an education services company known for its test-prep courses and other resources for college and graduate school-bound students. The Princeton Review, headquartered in Massachusetts, is not affiliated with Princeton University and isn’t a magazine.

– Virginia Grantier