Bethany Named a ‘Best College in the Southeast’ by The Princeton Review

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company recommends the school as one of 139 institutions in 12 Southeastern states it names to its "Best in the Southeast" list for 2015.  The list is part of the company's website feature, "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region," which is posted on PrincetonReview.com.

“We developed our ‘Best Colleges: Region by Region’ lists to offer guidance for the growing number of students and parents now seeking colleges closer to home. We selected Bethany College -- and the other terrific institutions on our 'regional best' lists -- primarily for their excellent academic offerings," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher.

The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the company invites.

Franek added, "Our selections also take into account what students at the schools report to us about their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. We ask every question that a prospective applicant might want to ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists." 

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 the quality of their science lab facilities -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. 

The 139 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" 2015 list are located in  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Collectively, the 648 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. The Company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.