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 SRU is one of the 'Best in the Northeast' says The Princeton Review 




Aug. 6, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



SRU is one of the 'Best in the Northeast' says The Princeton Review


           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast U.S. by The Princeton Review.  

           The New York City-based education services company selected the school as one of 212 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section on its feature "2009 Best Colleges Region by Region." The Princeton Review also profiles the University in its book "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition" released this week. In the book's profile of SRU, The Princeton Review describes the University as having a "wonderful business school and notable programs in music and physical therapy. The education majors are 'excellent' as well." The report labels the campus as "breathtakingly beautiful."   

           Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president for publishing, said, "We commend all of the schools we name this year as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We selected them based on institutional data we collected 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 their schools on our 80-question student survey. Finally, we work to have our annual roster of 'regional best' colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale."  

           "We are always pleased to be included The Princeton Review's report, especially since much of the information comes directly from students and is seen by those considering enrollment at SRU," said SRU President Robert Smith. "Those considering SRU should include the review in trying to determine if the academics at our University meet their future career needs. We are the premier residential campus in Pennsylvania. Our academics are under constant review to ensure we offer the most up-to-date programs possible. We urge high school juniors and seniors throughout the Northeastern U.S. to examine the opportunities and challenges offered at Slippery Rock University as they consider which college to attend."

           The 212 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" Web site designations and "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. On its Web site, The Princeton Review also designated 159 colleges in the Midwest, 120 in the West and 139 in the Southeast as "regional best" colleges in their locales. The 630 colleges named "regional best(s)" represent about 25 percent, one out of four, of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

           The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues − from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food − and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its Web site and in the book. In particular, the student survey at SRU noted the University's "great library" and "great athletic facilities."

           The listings do not rank the colleges as is done in its "The Best 368 Colleges" guide. 

            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.

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