7 Out of 10 College Bound Students, Prefer Green Universities


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A Recent Princeton Review survey shows that most college applicants today are becoming increasingly interested in how green their prospective universities are. Of these statistics, 68 percent of the students surveyed admitted that their final decision on a college might very well be influenced by the overall environmental score of the university.These results were taken from a survey of 12,715 college bound high school students and 3,007 of their parents currently living in the United States. The 68 percent of students interested in green ratings were in comparison to last years 64 percent, which shows quite an upswing of green attentiveness in college bound students.

Actual Survey Question:

If you (your child) had a way to compare colleges based on their commitment to environmental issues (from academic offerings to practices concerning energy use, recycling, etc.), how much would this contribute to your (your child's) decision to apply to or attend a school?

Survey Results (Level of Importance the Green Rating has Over Their Decision):
Strongly (07% Students, 05% Parents, 06% Respondents Overall)
Very Much (19% Students, 14% Parents, 18% Respondents Overall)
Somewhat (42% Students, 40 % Parents, 42% Respondents Overall)
Not Much (24 % Students, 30% Parents, 26% Respondents Overall)
Not at All (08% Students, 11% Parents, 08% Respondents Overall)

These green surveys first began in 2007 when the Princeton Review decided to publish a "Green Rating Honor Roll" for the "Best Colleges" featured in their guidebooks. Each rating is based on 28 environmental factors, including energy use, recycling, transportation, building efficiency, availability of environmental courses, and the schools commitment to sustainability.

Congratulations to all the parents and teachers who have done a great job bringing green awareness to today's youth. I must also congratulate the students themselves for taking an active role in influencing more universities to green their ways or else suffer the consequence of student loss.

The Princeton Review developed these ratings in consultation with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental organization. The Princeton Review "Green Ratings" will appear this year in the 2010 editions of its "Best 371 Colleges," "Best Northeastern Colleges," and the "complete Book of Colleges", due out this July/August of 2009.
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