With over 10,000 colleges and universities in the United States, making the list is a significant step towards attaining full Tier One status. It comes on the heels of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching moving Houston to Tier One status in January.
As part of the review process, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher Robert Franek flew to Houston to visit the UH campus. "You have much to be proud of and much to brag about," he said in a video note to University of Houston students.
Franek says Princeton Review takes into account the quality and breadth of academic offerings, as well as student surveys, feedback from Princeton staff and college statistics. The Best 376 Colleges will be released in August 2011.
"Since we are striving to achieve overall excellence, this recognition by the Princeton Review is one more important indication that we're making great progress," UH President Renu Khator said in a statement. "This is the first time our school has been included, so it's gratifying to know our efforts at improving student success are starting to show real results."
The Princeton Review has also been a supporter of Houston's Rice University. In addition to being named among the best 373 colleges in 2011, Rice is also listed as a "Best Western College," one of the 50 best value colleges among private universities and ranked number one in "best quality of life" for students.