August 3, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU again named 'Best in the Northeast' by The Princeton Review
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again been named "A Best in the Northeast" college for 2011 by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company. The list is based in large part on student reviews.
This is the third year in a row SRU has been chosen for the honor that includes 218 institutions in the region. In April, the University was selected for inclusion in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges," the first comprehensive guidebook cataloging institutions that have shown above average commitment to sustainability. And last week, SRU was named one of 97 "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education for the second year in a row.
The "Best in the Northeast" review offers a profile of each of the selected institutions that is often used by high school students and their parents in determining a college fit. The profile is based on student reviews submitted through the Princeton Review's 80-question survey.
"Because this review is based on student input, we take it very seriously and are certainly proud that our students hold us in high regard. The fact they are aware of the efforts put forth by faculty and staff on their behalf is truly encouraging. The fact that students see the campus as 'beautiful' and that they see us collectively as 'very personable and take the time to listen to students,' is gratifying and truly what SRU is all about," said Robert Smith, University president.
The Princeton Review report found SRU students saying, "Athletic facilities are great" and "Dorms are like palaces," comments that drew agreement from Smith. "We have worked extremely hard to ensure our students have top-notch academics, but we know they need athletic facilities and residence halls to augment their studies. Our new halls and expanded recreation facilities are models for the state and nation that have certainly helped draw students to campus."
Other student comments included in the report were, "SRU has a 'wonderful business school' and notable programs in music and physical therapy. The education majors are 'excellent' as well. Many professors are 'very good teachers'" and, "For the most part, 'the people here are real people who have to actually work their way though college.'"
"We're pleased to recommend Slippery Rock University to readers of our book and users of our Web site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree. We chose SRU and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Frank, Princeton Review's senior vice president for publishing. "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 advisors 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."
As part of the program, The Princeton Review rates colleges in six categories, including academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and green. Explanations of the criteria are available the The Princeton Review's Web site: www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx. The project also included student questions concerning accessibility to their professors and quality of the campus food as well as questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Colleges The Princeton Review chose its "Best Northeastern Colleges" book and Web site list from 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 does not rank the colleges in its "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list.
The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., has editorial offices in New York City. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University and 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.