For those four-year degree seeking students who daydream of food, eat your heart out in Western Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst was named a top school for best campus food by The Princeton Review.
The flagship campus was named second in the nation for best food on campus. Virginia Tech took top honors in the category.
This is not the first time the university's dining services have received acclaim. Last year, the school placed third for best campus food by The Princeton Review. In 2012, The Daily Meal ranked the campus seventh for best food on campus.
Additionally, the school receives notoriety for their oversized cooking competitions. Two years ago, UMass set a world record for cooking a 6,656-pound seafood stew. In 2010, the campus rolled a 422-foot California roll.
The campus was on another kind of roll this year. The Princeton Review ranked UMass-Amherst as one of the most environmentally friendly schools. This is the fourth time in five years the college has received been recognized for being green.
Twenty-four institutions, including UMass, received the highest possibly score for sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.
The Princeton Review ranks schools in 62 categories, from town-gown relations to top party schools. The rankings are created from responses to an annual Princeton Review survey that asks 130,000 students at 379 colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences. On average, according to The Princeton Review, 343 students from each college are surveyed.
Adapted from a longer piece in the Springfield Republican.