Wesleyan Honored by The Princeton Review for 10th Year

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

West Virginia Wesleyan is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 135 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 1, 2011 on PrincetonReview.com.

“We are pleased to recommend Wesleyan to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President/Publisher. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.  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.”

“These rankings reflect some of Wesleyan’s great strengths: small classes from an excellent teaching faculty, emphasis on undergraduate research, leadership development, and critical and creative thinking,” said Wesleyan president Dr. Pamela Balch. “Publications such as these validate what we hear from our alumni….that Wesleyan offers a challenging, yet supportive atmosphere that prepares its graduates for career success.”

Among the Wesleyan student feedback on The Princeton Review site, one alumnus said, “West Virginia Wesleyan is a home to an exceptional group of educators. Professors at Wesleyan are dedicated to helping every student succeed; they spend time after class answering questions and leave their home numbers for students with questions on the weekends. The professors do not merely pass information on to their students; they instill in each student a desire to gain knowledge and ask the big questions.”

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools 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. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The 135 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 121 in the West as best in their locales on the company’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 629 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 629 colleges in its “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 376 schools in the book.

Founded in 1890, West Virginia Wesleyan is a small, private college nestled in the heart of West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. The more than 1,400 students who make Wesleyan their home choose from more than 40 majors, 36 minors, and graduate programs in business, education, nursing, athletic training and creative writing. Wesleyan has made The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” list for the past ten years. The College has produced nine Fulbright winners in five years, and in 2010, a Wesleyan student was named a George J. Mitchell Scholar, a prestigious honor given to only 12 students nationwide each year. Two Wesleyan student athletes were awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships in 2011. The campus offers more than 70 student organizations, an extensive community engagement program and various outdoor recreational and campus activities.

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.

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