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Aug. 2, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



The Princeton Review again cites SRU as ‘Best in Northeast’


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – For the ninth year in a row, Slippery Rock University has been named one of the “Best Colleges in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review, the nationally known education services company.

           SRU was one of 220 institutions recommended by The Princeton Review in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" posted Aug. 1. Details may be found at: (

           The site offers profiles of 629 schools in all, recommend as "regional bests" across four locales:  the Northeast, the Southeast, the Midwest and the West.

The colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" list are located in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

           “We are always proud to be cited as an outstanding university by such organizations at The Princeton Review. We know that Slippery Rock University is a great value and offers its students a rock-solid education in a very caring and safe environment. It is equally pleasing to see that our students have great things to say about their school. To have others recognize our efforts and recommend that potential students consider attending Slippery Rock University is always rewarding,” said Robert Smith, SRU president.

            "We're pleased to recommend Slippery Rock University to users of our site as one of the best schools at which to earn their undergraduate degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we named as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher.

“From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisers whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists," he said.

The lists are often used by potential students and their parents to aid in selecting the institution of higher learning that best fits the student’s needs and expectations.

The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on issues ranging from accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food. Students also answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. 

“SRU has a wonderful business school and notable programs in music and physical therapy. The education majors are excellent as well,” wrote SRU students taking the survey. Others commented that “most of the students come from the Pittsburgh area, or smaller towns in the region, and they have a lot in common with each other. Nontraditional students will find many kindred souls and so will students straight out of high school”…. and “Clubs and organized activities are abundant. Intramural sports are huge.”

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.