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Aug. 31, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

The Princeton Review names SRU 'Best in the Northeast'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the fifth year in a row, Slippery Rock University has again been named one of 222 colleges chosen by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, as a "Best in the Northeast" university.

SRU is among those listed on the review's "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website posted at:

"The online list identifies schools that we recommend on our site as 'regional bests' across four locales: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher for The Princeton Review. In total, 633 schools received the designation, based in large part on student evaluations and opinion obtained in 80-question surveys completed at the individual schools.

"We are again pleased and proud to receive this honor," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president. "Our university is outstanding academically and this accolade from The Princeton Review comes just as our new students are moving onto campus to start the academic year. I am sure The Review's selection will serve to further confirm their - and their parent's - choice of where to attend college. It will also be a very usable guide for those just now beginning their college search for next year."

"From hundreds of institutions we reviewed in each region, we selected these colleges and universities primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also took into account what students attending the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our student survey for this project. Our 'regional best' colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges - a select group, indeed. We believe our choices offer applicants and their parents a wide range of fine schools to consider," Franek said. There are approximately 2,500 four-year colleges in the U.S.

"We're pleased to recommend Slippery Rock University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree," Franek said. The Princeton Review also designated 153 colleges in the Midwest, 122 in the West, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their regions.

The list is compiled to help college applicants better understand their choices and the benefits of attending schools such as SRU. Among the topics considered in compiling the list are: academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, green issues, total enrollment and ACT and SAT scores. The Review also cited 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 "Best in the Northeast" review is often used by high school students and their parents in determining a college fit, and includes institutional profiles based on student reviews submitted through the Princeton Review's survey.

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, 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.