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Sept. 21, 2006
Contact: Jackie Hosey, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Princeton Review praises KU for its ability to blend academics and community service

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas is a “College with a Conscience,” according to the Princeton Review’s 361 Best Colleges, which put KU among the top 81 schools in the country when it comes to service-learning programs and blending academics with community service.

The annual publication also named KU to its overall list of best 361 colleges and to the lists of best Midwestern colleges and America’s best value colleges.

In choosing from among the “thousands of outstanding colleges and universities across the country,” the Princeton Review looked for an engaged student body, support for student activism and support for service learning. At KU, the Review found an enthusiastic student body that is encouraged and assisted by faculty and administrators.

According to the publication, “about one-third of the students who come to KU participate in some sort of service or service-learning experience. This happens through student internships for their majors, student living communities and faculty, who offer service-learning options in their classrooms.”

KU was also singled out for its Alternative Breaks programs, in which 300 students a year give up their spring or winter breaks to go on service-learning trips across the United States. And with 41 volunteers, KU was 25th in the nation among large colleges and universities for the number of Peace Corps volunteers produced in 2003.

According to Jackson Sellers, assistant director of KU’s Center for Service Learning, college students who are involved in their communities are making choices and forming habits that will serve them and their communities for many years to come.

“When students are engaged, they are more prepared to be intelligent, responsible citizens, and the community in turn experiences real and lasting change,” Sellers said. “KU students, faculty and administrators value this combination of learning and practice for the public good, and we’re proud of the recognition.”

Last month, the 2007 Fiske Guide to Colleges listed KU as one of 19 public university “best buys,” while the 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report magazine once again ranked KU in the top 50 of all of the country’s public universities.

In U.S. News’ 2006 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released earlier this year, KU has 42 nationally ranked programs — 24 in the top 25 and 11 in the top 10 among public universities. KU’s special education program and the city management and urban policy program are each ranked No. 1 among public universities.

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