Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has been selected as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education and one of the most beautiful, according to the Princeton Review.

LMU, situated on a bluff with views of Los Angeles, was ranked 16th in the Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of The Best 368 Colleges, which features the top 15 percent of U.S. and Canadian colleges.

“Our campus is located in Westchester, a friendly, residential neighborhood that is removed from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, yet it offers easy access to all the richness of our most cosmopolitan environment,” said Matt Fissinger, director of LMU undergraduate admission. “Our students enjoy the ocean and mountain vistas as well as the moderate climate and crisp breezes characteristic of a coastal location.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president for publishing, added, “We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics. We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years.

“We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

Founded in 1911, LMU is considered the largest Catholic institution of higher education on the West Coast with nearly 5,500 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. Students can choose from more than 80 majors and programs in four colleges, two schools and Loyola Law School.

Information, www.lmu.edu/.