July 29, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU again makes Princeton Review's 'Best Northeast Colleges' list
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A "wonderful business school," notable programs in music and physical therapy, residence halls "like palaces" and "excellent education students" were among the top reasons Slippery Rock University was again named one of the 218 best colleges and universities in the Northeast by The Princeton Review.
The latest annual report, released Monday, are part of the 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region profiles derived from an 80-question survey presented to students. The "Best of the Northeast" listing of 642 institutions, including the SRU profile, may be found at The Princeton Review's Web site: www.PrincetonReview.com. The 2010 edition of The Princeton Review's "Best Northeastern Colleges" book will be published Aug. 4.
"Once again we are pleased to be included in The Princeton Review's report. This review gives our students the opportunity to report their view of campus. We are heartened to find they see Slippery Rock University as a quality academic institution, meeting their needs through outstanding facilities," said Robert Smith, SRU president.
"We urge those considering college to look closely at Slippery Rock University's profile and compare us to other institutions. Slippery Rock University is the premier residential campus in Pennsylvania. Our academic programs are under constant review to help us assure both ourselves and our students that SRU continues to offer the latest technology and academic information they will need once they graduate. High school juniors and seniors throughout the Northeastern U.S. should take time to examine the wealth of opportunities available at Slippery Rock University as they decided where they want to continue their education. We think it is a great time to be at Slippery Rock University for anyone seeking a rock-solid education," Smith said.
SRU students cited the campus as "breathtakingly beautiful" and passed kudos to the administration saying it "rock" adding, "They are very personable and take the time to listen to students."
"We chose Slippery Rock University and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale. We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school's customers - their students - report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing.
Considered a medium-sized school in western Pennsylvania "that is growing tremendously, SRU remains fairly small compared to other schools in the state," according to the review.
The gym is excellent, six out of eight campus dorms were built less than a year ago and the remaining were renovated." The report found "clubs and organized activities are abundant" at SRU and "posters and sidewalk chalk describing various happenings are reportedly everywhere. Intramural sports are huge."
Students also found that "Greek life is big enough to have an impact, but not too big where you can't have a social life without joining one."
Reports on the makeup of the student body found, "For the most part, 'the people here are real people who have to actually work their way though college.' '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.'"
The Princeton Review report also gives information on admission, financial aid considerations and related information that those considering applying to college may want to consider.
The Northeast report covers Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia.
The Princeton Review is best known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books and college and graduate school admission services. Its corporate headquarters is in Framingham, Mass., and editorial offices are in New York City. It 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.