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4 Long Island schools among 'Best 380 Colleges'

Radio Hofstra University, WRHU 88.7 FM, is the

Radio Hofstra University, WRHU 88.7 FM, is the oldest noncommercial radio station on Long Island, with alumni dating back over 50 years. It won first place in The Princeton Review's "Best College Radio Station" rankings for the second year in a row. Credit: Alexi Knock / File, 2011

Long Islanders don't have to go far to find one of "The Best 380 Colleges," with four Long Island schools making The Princeton Review's latest rankings.

Hofstra University in Hempstead, Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point and the Webb Institute in Glen Cove were all named in the publication's 2016 rankings, posted Monday.

Radio Hofstra University scored first place in the Best College Radio Station category for the second year running, reflecting the popularity of WRHU-FM, as it was based on students' responses to the question "How popular is the college radio station?" The Princeton Review said.

WRHU has placed No. 6 or higher on the list for five years in a row, according to the station's website.

Forty-six schools in New York State appear on the "Best 380 Colleges" list.

The rankings were derived from surveys of 136,000 students at the colleges themselves. The 380 schools were not ranked overall, but The Princeton Review did provide lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories.

All four Long Island schools were also named to the "Best Northeastern" colleges list. Webb ranked No. 2 on the "Easiest Campus to Get Around" list, and Stony Brook was No. 4 among the "Top 50 Green Colleges."

The Merchant Marine Academy received a top spot in two negative categories, being singled out in the "Professors Get Low Marks" and "This is a Library?" categories. It was ranked second-worst for "Least Happy Students" and "Least Accessible Professors."

Stony Brook and Hofstra also appeared in multiple negative categories -- with Stony Brook's professors getting the seventh-lowest marks, and Hofstra No. 12 for "Financial Aid Not So Great."

The student rankings are separate from The Princeton Review's own assessments, or ratings, of colleges.


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