"We chose Bethany College and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale,” stated Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Vice President of Publishing. “We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers—their students—report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey."
The 141 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 123 in the West and 158 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region” section on its site. The 640 colleges named “regional best(s)” represent only about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its “2010 Best Colleges Region by Region” website section. The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students 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. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its site.
The profiles of all schools featured in The Princeton Review’s“2010 Best Colleges Region by Region” website section include college ratings. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallies in eight categories based on institutional data provided by the colleges in 2008-09 and/or student survey data. Categories include Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety and Quality of Life. For information on Bethany’s ratings in each category, visit www.princetonreview.com. The Princeton Review site has an area titled "User's Guide to Our College Ratings" that explains the criteria for each of its ratings.
The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books and college and graduate school admission services. Its corporate headquarters is in Framingham, Mass., and editorial offices are in New York City. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.
Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.