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University of Charleston Named “A Best in the Southeast” College in the Princeton Review’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region”

Release Date:  Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The University of Charleston is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 136 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region," on    In the profile, The Princeton Review describes the college as “A perfect place to prepare for life in the real world while benefiting from the friendliness and comfort of a small college environment.”

The 136 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in 12 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.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.  The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges hierarchically. 

"We're pleased to recommend the University of Charleston to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher.  “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent 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. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists." 

Dr. Edwin Welch, university president, said, “We are extremely gratified by this external recognition of the life-changing opportunities, strong academics and valuable educational experiences offered at the University of Charleston.  Together with the U.S. News & World Report rankings, it is one of the lists that we monitor, and we are proud to have been included in The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges for several years running.”

To compile its rankings, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.  Student comments in the University of Charleston profile are, “I had high expectations, and those have been met. My dream [is] to attend medical school, and UC and the staff is there to make it happen” and “the school is located in an area where internships are plentiful and jobs are easy to find. Our job placement percentages are nearly at 100 percent every year." 

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York and locations across the United States and abroad, the Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

The University of Charleston is a private, independent college with approximately 1,400 students from 31 states and 26 countries.  U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks it among the top regional colleges in the South, and it is one of The Princeton Review’s Best 371 Colleges 2012 Edition.  The University of Charleston offers 24 undergraduate majors, master’s programs in business and physician assistant studies, and a doctorate in pharmacy.

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