Temple has been dethroned.
According to the Princeton Review’s annual list of the nation’s best colleges, Temple has dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 in the most diverse student body category.
The nation’s most diverse school is now Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Diverse population is the only category of 62 in which Temple placed. The Princeton Review lists the top 20 schools in each category.
Meanwhile, Penn State University in University Park, Pa., ranked No. 3 in terms of party schools, with the University of Florida and the University of Mississippi taking Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
Other local colleges ranked, but not necessarily for positive reasons. Drexel University fared well in poor categories, like least beautiful campus (No. 3), long lines and red tape (No. 7), poor professors (No. 13) and least accessible professors (No. 15).
The University of Pennsylvania ranked 14th in best college newspaper and 20th in strained town-grown relations. On the other hand, they made the list of colleges with a conscience.
The book, which hits stores tomorrow, surveys 120,000 students from 368 colleges – two more than last year – on everything from financial aid and admissions to intramural sports and job placement.
Chris Stover can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.