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Wesleyan Named to The Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Southeast’

Best in the Southeast
Aug 19, 2020

West Virginia Wesleyan College is one of the 142 best colleges in the Southeastern United States according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Wesleyan in the ‘Best in the Southeast’ section of its “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature that was posted on August 18, 2020, at

The Princeton Review gives ratings across multiple institutional categories on a scale of 60-99. Wesleyan has accrued the following ratings: admissions selectivity (77), academics (80), interesting professors (89), accessibility of professors (88), and financial aid (83).

“We are pleased to have been named by The Princeton Review as one of the best southeastern colleges,” stated Wesleyan President Dr. Joel Thierstein.  “This is further testament to the academic excellence at Wesleyan. The commitment by our students, faculty, and staff to being the best is second to none.”

“We chose West Virginia Wesleyan and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. He noted that the company considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits. “We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” Franek added.

In total, 23% of the nation’s 2,800 four-year colleges were selected for The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists for 2021.

West Virginia Wesleyan is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, WV. The institution was founded in 1890 and is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Wesleyan offers its students vast educational experiences and encourages good citizenship and community service. Students are engaged in over 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations.

To schedule a visit, speak with an admissions counselor, or learn more information about West Virginia Wesleyan College, please contact the Office of Admission at 304-473-8510 or visit