Menlo College: Three New “Best College” Rankings to Start the Academic Year

ATHERTON, CA. (September 21, 2020) – Coinciding with the opening of the 2020-21 academic year, the Menlo College community continues to receive recognition for its outstanding environment focused on student success: 

  • For over ten years, Menlo College has been named as one of the best colleges in the West by the The Princeton Review
  • For over ten years, Menlo College has ranked as an athletic NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character Institution, this year at the Gold level; and,
  • For the first time, Money Magazine ranked Menlo College as the 11th-best place in the United States to obtain a business degree.

“The entire Menlo College community can be proud of these rankings. That we have received over a decade of recognition by The Princeton Review and the NAIA, and the newest ranking by Money Magazine, is a testament to the outstanding effort by our students and those who support them. By putting our students first we have a strong reputation for academic excellence, athletic achievement, and alumni success,” said Steven Weiner, Menlo College President. 

In its profile on Menlo College, The Princeton Review recommends the College with its “friendly, open environment” and commends students for their “high entrepreneurial spirit.” The editors said that at Menlo, “students find a top notch-education and a family atmosphere that is grounded in preparing students for the real world. The Princeton Review, which annually ranks the nation’s “Best Colleges: Region by Region,” named Menlo as one institution of note among only 12% of all US-based colleges and universities.

When it comes to athletics, Menlo College earned a perfect 100 on the NAIA’s Champions of Character scorecard – a ranking that measures commitment to character training, academic focus, character promotion, conduct in competition, and character recognition. Having earned a Champions of Character ranking for over ten years, Menlo College has become one of the NAIA’s most esteemed institutions in developing athletes of character.

Menlo College’s business major continues to grow in popularity, complementing the national trend. As Money Magazine notes, “Business is the most popular major on campus today, but there’s wide variation in the payoff of the programs.” With a #11 ranking, Menlo College beats  “the competition on education quality, affordability, and the career payoff for undergraduate business majors.”

“Congratulations to the students, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees of Menlo for this much-deserved recognition.” said Micah Kāne ‘91, Chair of the Menlo College Board of Trustees.

About Menlo College

Menlo College was established in 1927. It is a small, private, non-profit, four-year, accredited, residential college located in Atherton, California. Menlo College’s location in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative geographical areas, has enabled the college to create a valuable market niche for its students locally — as well as globally. Menlo College cultivates in its students the skills, integrity, and passion to make meaningful contributions in an innovation economy.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The company’s brand is one of the largest online tutoring service in the U.S. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 19 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit and the company’s Media Center. Follow the company on Twitter (@ThePrincetonRev) and Instagram (@theprincetonreview).

About the NAIA

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs dedicated to championships in balance with the overall college educational experience. Each year more than 77,000 NAIA student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports, earn over $800 million in scholarships, and compete for a chance to participate in 27 national championships.

About Money Magazine

Money is a personal finance brand and website owned by Ad Practitioners LLC and formerly also a monthly magazine, first published by Time Inc. (1972–2018) and later by Meredith Corporation (2018–2019). Its articles cover the gamut of personal finance topics ranging from credit cards, mortgages, insurance, banking and investing to family finance issues like paying for college, credit, career and home improvement.