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


SRU banner and campus flowers in bloom

Aug. 9, 2018

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 "2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website.

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 225 colleges and universities ranked in the Northeastern region.

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.

Consideration was also given to what students enrolled at the schools reported to Princeton Review about their campus experiences on a student survey solicited for this project. The survey included questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to independently survey their students were eligible to be considered for the regional "best" lists, and only schools at which the editors saw a strong level of satisfaction among enrolled students made it to the final slate of regional "best" college selections.

"It is a great compliment to our dedicated faculty and staff to have SRU once again named among the top institutions in the region," said William Behre, SRU president. "Everyone who works at this institution is dedicated to making sure each of our students receive an excellent education that prepares them for success in life. To have that commitment honored 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 225 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best Northeastern" 2019 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 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.

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