(USA Today) College hopefuls look for greener pastures

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The nation's college-bound students are increasingly looking for green — and no, that doesn't mean just money.

Green means eco-friendly, and 69% of college applicants this year say having information about a college's commitment to environmental issues would contribute to their decision to apply to or attend the school, according to a survey of 8,200 students by The Princeton Review. That's up from 64% in 2008.

Academic reputation and financial aid still matter most, but "the environmental factor (is) definitely one of the things that makes a difference," says Tucker Johnson, 19, of Harrison, Maine, who was offered admission to nine schools and must commit to one by May 1. Like other students nationwide, he is visiting campuses this month with a checklist of criteria. Among them: a sincere commitment to sustainability.

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