Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review

Updated January 2018

Rob Franek

Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief at The Princeton Review is the company's main authority on higher education and a college aficionado: he visits more than 50 colleges a year. Over his 24-year career in education, Rob has been a college admissions administrator, test prep teacher, publisher, author, and lecturer.

As the chief college expert at The Princeton Review, Rob is author of the company's six college-related books. Among them, its two most popular annual guides -- The Best 382 Colleges (August 2017) and Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck (January 2018). He is also author of Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom (2 nd Edition May 2017) and co-author of If the U Fits: Expert Advice on Finding the Right College and Getting Accepted (March 2014). His newest book, College Admission 101: Simple Answers to Tough Questions About College Admissions & Financial Aid, will be published in May 2018 by Penguin Random House.    

As Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of the Princeton Review Books, Rob oversees a line of 150 titles available from Penguin/Random House which include best-selling test-prep guides, college- and graduate school- resources and study aids. Rob also directs the Princeton Review's surveys of college administrators and of students in colleges, business schools, and law schools upon which the company bases its school rankings that it reports in dozens of categories annually.

As a lecturer, Rob gives dozens of presentations a year to audiences of teachers, parents, and students on trending education and college topics. He has also delivered commencement addresses at universities, keynote talks at national conferences, and led panels at the National Association for College Admission Counseling conferences that have drawn "standing room only" audiences.

Rob has been sourced by media from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to The Chronicle of Higher Education.  His broadcast appearances include over two dozen guest segments on NBC "TODAY," plus interviews on ABC "GMA" and CBS, CNN, FOX and NPR programs.

Prior to joining The Princeton Review in 1999, Rob was a college admission administrator at Wagner College (New York City) for six years. He earned his B.A. at Drew University in Political Science and History, and is a member of the university's Board of Trustees. A lifelong history buff, he conducts historical walking tours of New York City for Sweet City Tours, a company he founded. Rob, 46, lives in Manhattan. Follow his Tweets at @RobFranek.

See Rob in some of his 2017 national television interviews:


Aug 1, 2017 "Best 382 Colleges"   

Jan 31, 2017 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

CNN/HLN "Weekend Express with Lynn Smith"

Oct 15, 2017 "Surviving College Admissions"


Apr 13, 2017 "Princeton Review College Hopes & Worries Survey Findings" 

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Note: Franek is pronounced "FRAN-ik"