Olin Featured in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition

October 28, 2022

Olin College is one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition, published October 25.

Four people stand in a line outside, all facing the camera.

Olin College President Gilda A. Barabino takes a photo with students on the Oval during a recent Orientation event. Photo by Leise Jones.

The guide is accessible for free at: www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.  

The Princeton Review chose the schools in the guide based on its survey of administrators at 713 colleges during the 2021-22 academic year and surveys of students attending the colleges. The company editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points to select the 455 schools chosen for the guide.

"We strongly recommend Olin College to the increasing number of students who care about the environment and want their ‘best-fit’ college to also ideally be a green one," said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief.

"Olin demonstrates an exemplary commitment to sustainability and to green practices—and it offers excellent academic programs.”

Franek noted that The Princeton Review has seen an increasing level of interest among students in attending green colleges. Of the more than 10,000 college applicants the company polled for its 2022 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 77% said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply to or attend a school. A report on the survey findings is downloadable at www.princetonreview.com/college-hopes-worries.

The school profiles in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges report on the colleges’ uses of renewable energy, their recycling and conservation programs, the availability of environmental studies in their academic offerings, and their career guidance for green jobs. The profiles also include information on the schools' admission requirements, cost, and financial aid.

In the 2023 edition of the Princeton Review's “Best Lists," Olin appears in the following lists:

  • Students Study the Most - #1
  • Professors Get High Marks - #3
  • Best Classroom Experience - #5
  • LGBTQ- Friendly - #6
  • Least Religious Students - #6
  • Best College Dorms - #11
  • Their Students Love These Colleges - #13
  • Best College Library - #15
  • Best Career Services - #16
  • Great Financial Aid - #19
  • Most Accessible Professors - #21
  • Best Student Support and Counseling Services - #22
  • Happiest Students - #23

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide to Green Colleges

The Princeton Review chose the 455 colleges based on its 2021–22 survey of administrators at 713 colleges concerning their institutions' sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. The company’s editors analyzed more than 25 data points from the survey to tally Green Rating scores for the schools on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges that earned a Green Rating score of 80 or higher were chosen for the Guide to Green Colleges. Of the 455 schools selected for the 2023 edition, 422 are in the U.S., 26 are in Canada, two are in Taiwan and one (each) is in Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, and Morocco.