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August 6, 2013
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SRU earns ‘Best in the Northeast’ designation

Slippery Rock University has again been named one of the “Best in the Northeast” universities by The Princeton Review.

Today’s announcement cites 226 colleges and universities and marks the sixth consecutive year SRU has been included on the list.

Details of the listing are available on The Princeton Review’s "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website at:

The list identifies schools The Princeton Review describes as recommend "regional bests" across four locales: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West. In total, 643 schools received the designation.

“We are again proud to be included in this important list. It is an important honor to show newly arriving students and their parents as we begin our academic year,” said SRU President Cheryl Norton. “We strive to not only educate our students in their chosen areas of study, but to instill in them leadership, entrepreneurship and a sense of community so they receive a well-rounded and complete education. I believe these characteristics are among those that help make us one of the best schools in the northeast – and the U.S."

“Our ‘regional best’ colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges – a select group, indeed,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher for The Princeton Review. “From hundreds of institutions we considered in each region, we selected these schools primarily for their excellent academic programs. Secondarily, we took into account what students attending the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our student survey for this project.”

There are some 2,400 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

The list is compiled to help college applicants better understand their choices and the benefits of attending schools they may be considering. Topics considered in compiling the list include academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, green issues, total enrollment and ACT and SAT scores. The Review also recognized SRU in its 2011-12 Guide to Green Colleges, which reported on the sustainability and green-friendly nature of individual colleges and universities across the U.S.

The “northeast” designation includes schools located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Pennsylvania along with the District of Columbia.

The Princeton Review is headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine. The service does not rank the schools on its website "best" lists or in its books either overall, hierarchically, or by region.

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.