Wesleyan Earns Princeton Review Distinction

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Once again West Virginia Wesleyan College has been named one of 136 of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review recommends West Virginia Wesleyan in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” on PrincetonReview.com.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher said the publication chose Wesleyan and the other institutions as the ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.

“We’re pleased to recommend West Virginia Wesleyan to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” Franek said. “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.”

The Princeton Review also considers what students at the schools reported to the publication about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey for the project.

The schools in The Princeton Review’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website section are also rated in six categories by The Princeton Review. The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Wesleyan received an academic rating of 80.

“We are very proud to be one of the Princeton Review’s choices for The Best Southeastern Colleges,” said Wesleyan President Pamela Balch. “Our high academic ranking by The Review is a testament to our quality curriculum, faculty and students. At Wesleyan, students receive quality education in small classes on a beautiful campus; and, all at an affordable price.”

The 136 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 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 153 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

West Virginia Wesleyan is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon. Wesleyan was founded in 1890. The college is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers its students vast educational experiences, and encourages good citizenship and community service. Students at West Virginia Wesleyan are engaged in 43 majors and 35 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, English writing, and nursing; 19 NCAA Division II sports teams; 10 performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations.

For more information about West Virginia Wesleyan College, please contact the Office of Admission at 304-473-8510 or visit www.wvwc.edu.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, with editorial offices in New York and locations across the U.S.A. and abroad, the Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.