BRADFORD, Pa. – For the fourth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has recognized the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as one of the best schools in the eastern region of the United States.
The Princeton Review named Pitt-Bradford as one of the best 222 colleges in the Northeast in its publication The Best Northeastern Colleges 2008, which includes select schools in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The announcement comes less than one week after U.S.News and World Report named Pitt-Bradford one of the 30 best baccalaureate colleges in the north in the magazine’s Aug. 27 issue, “America’s Best Colleges 2008.”
The university is also one of 654 institutions featured on the Best Colleges: Region by Region section of www.princetonreview.com.
“To be showcased by two highly regarded national ranking publications – The Princeton Review and U.S. News – says a lot about how far we have come as an institution,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, university president. “We are especially proud of The Princeton Review recognition because it is based partly on opinions from students currently enrolled here.”
Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for the Princeton Review, said, “The schools in this book all have excellent academic programs. We chose them from several hundred northeastern schools we considered based on the data we collect from the schools and survey of students attending them.”
Pitt-Bradford has been recognized by The Princeton Review three times previously. In 2006, Pitt-Bradford was named one of the best 222 colleges in the Northeast and in 2005 the university was named one of the best 224 colleges in the Northeast. In 2004, the university was named one of the best 115 colleges in the Mid-Atlantic.
The Princeton Review ratings are comprised of institutional data collected, school visits conducted, and comments made by students about college life, campus life, academics and the student body. Students were surveyed during the 2006-07 academic year.
“Academics go way beyond the classroom,” said one student who was surveyed. “The professors are student-oriented and willing to stay after class, adjust office hours, and give out home and cell phone numbers.”
Another student commented on the rural setting at Pitt-Bradford, saying, “The campus feels like going to school at a summer cabin.”
Yet another student said, “Pitt-Bradford is a friendly, close-knit campus where everyone really has a chance to experience the good things about university life.”
The students’ responses, along with additional information about Pitt-Bradford, can be found at The Princeton Review’s Web site, www.princetonreview.com.
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