Campus named a 'Best in the Northeast' college by The Princeton Review

For the 15th consecutive year, Pitt-Bradford is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review.


            The nationally known education services company recommends the university as one of 225 colleges on its “2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature posted on this week.


            Ratings are based on an 84-question survey taken by students. The survey asks students to rate their schools on dozens of topics of interest to applicants and their parents.


            Pitt-Bradford students surveyed said that it “is a cozy campus nestled in rural Pennsylvania” that has “the small town feel with the big city name” and “a friendly environment that encourages students to stay.” They also noted, “Education comes first. No matter the school activity, exceptions are made in order to complete school work.”


            One criminal justice major wrote, “My school is all about bringing everyone together and making them feel like family.” Others said that the teaching methods are “interactive” and students feel “a part of the learning rather than just a fly on the wall.”


            The report also rates colleges in eight areas. Pitt-Bradford's top marks were in fire safety, financial aid and admissions selectivity.


            The university received a rating of 94 out of 99 for fire safety, and 89 out of 99 for financial aid. The Princeton Review said that the average amount of each freshman scholarship and grant package is $10,786.


            Pitt-Bradford also received an admissions selectivity rating of 86 out of 99. The acceptance rate at the university is 56 percent, with 25 percent of students entering with a grade point average of more than 3.75.


            Last month, Pitt-Bradford and three of its programs - business, education and nursing - earned recognition from Colleges of Distinction.