MHC rated tops for classroom experience.

A detail from the cover of The Best 379 Colleges guide

An outstanding classroom experience is at the heart of what makes a college great. The latest influential college guide, released August 5 from the Princeton Review, The Best 379 Colleges, lists Mount Holyoke College in the top ten for “best classroom experience.”

According to the Princeton Review, that ranking is based on students' answers to several survey questions, including how they rate their professors, their classroom and lab facilities, the amount of in-class time devoted to discussion, and the percentage of classes they attend. Some 130,000 students at colleges across the United States were surveyed.

The College was also rated highly in the “best college dorms” category, also based on student responses.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges, and only four colleges outside the United States, are profiled in the guide. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically from one to 379.

Mount Holyoke appears regularly in Princeton Review rankings of top colleges. This year, for example:

• In January, Mount Holyoke was listed among the nation's "best value" private colleges and universities. 

• In April, Mount Holyoke was part of a list of “green colleges” that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability.