SRU named one of The Princeton Review’s “Best Northeastern" colleges

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Aug. 7, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named one of the best colleges in the Northeastern region by The Princeton Review. The accolade was included on the well-known education services company's "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website accessible at: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-northeastern.

The Princeton Review broke the country into five zones - Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International - to name those institutions that they considered "academically outstanding and well worth consideration in (a student's) college search." SRU was one of only 229 colleges and universities ranked in the Northeastern region.

"We chose SRU and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisers whose opinions the company solicits.

"We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project," Franek said. "We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students - whom we consider their customers - make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections."

"It is a privilege to again find ourselves among the top institutions in our region," said Philip Way, SRU interim president. "Our faculty and staff are incredibly dedicated to making sure that our students are on the receiving end of a 'Rock Solid' educational experience. Student success is a responsibility that we take very seriously. To see that commitment rewarded with this sort of recognition is gratifying."

The Princeton Review survey asked students to rate SRU on several issues - from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities - and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life. Student comments noted SRU is both "quaint" and "really is a beautiful place to be," while the "proximity to Pittsburgh allows for an easy escape when the urge for a serious road trip strikes." Regarding the University's academics, one student wrote, "I have been pleased with the availability of the professors, their willingness to work with students and their reliability. They are very personable and take the time to listen to students."

The 229 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best Northeastern" 2018 list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont - and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 158 colleges in the Midwest, 127 in the West and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.

Collectively, the 658 colleges on The Princeton Review's "regional best" lists constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 658 colleges, either overall, by region or in various categories.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Media Contact: Robb King | 724.738.4761 | robert.king@sru.edu 

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