Pitt-Bradford named a 'Best in the Northeast' College

Princeton Northeastern 2011

   For the seventh consecutive year, The Princeton Review has recognized Pitt-Bradford as one of the best schools in the northeast.

            “This seventh consecutive recognition as one of the region’s best is yet additional evidence of our strength and prominence when compared to other colleges,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford president. “This is truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff and the support we receive from surrounding communities.”

            The education services company selected Pitt-Bradford as one of 218 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its PrincetonReview.com feature “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

            The Princeton Review also profiles Pitt-Bradford in its book, “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition,” which goes on sale Aug. 10.

            The 623 colleges named “regional bests” make up about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

            The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its website and in the book.

            Pitt-Bradford offers “small classes with individualized attention, professors who are always available, and a generally student-friendly atmosphere,” one student said.

            Other students emphasized the friendliness of students with these comments: “If you run short of money while doing laundry, don’t be surprised if somebody throws you a dollar to help you get your laundry done,” “everyone has friends,” “everyone fits in everywhere,” and “for the most part, everyone gets along with everyone else.”

            The profile also includes a “Survey Says …” list that reports topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement. Those items at Pitt-Bradford were “different types of students interact” and “low cost of living.”

            Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, “We chose Pitt-Bradford and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their 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.”

            The 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best Northeastern Colleges” book and website list are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia.

            Pitt-Bradford has been recognized by The Princeton Review six times previously. In 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, it was named one of the best colleges in the Northeast; in 2008, it was named one of the best schools in the Eastern region; and in 2004, the university was named one of the best 115 colleges in the Mid-Atlantic.