The Princeton Review Names Bethany College
'A Best in the Southeast' College

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company The Princeton Review. It is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 2 on This marks the seventh year Bethany has been selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s regional guide.

"We're pleased to recommend Bethany College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” stated Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President of Publishing. “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." 

The 133 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 218 colleges in the Northeast, 152 in the Midwest and 120 in the West as best in their locales on the company’s "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively the 623 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, 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, fellow students and campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The schools in The Princeton Review’s"2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website section are also rated in six categories by The Princeton Review. The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review tallied these scores based on institutional data it obtained from the colleges in 2009-10 and/or student survey data. Categories include Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life and Green. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site at

The Princeton Review does not rank the 623 colleges in its "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. (However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, "The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition" may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of "top 20 colleges" in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company's surveys of students at the 373 schools in the book.)  

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.