BETHANY, W.Va. – The Princeton Review selected Bethany College as one of its 142 best colleges in the Southeast in its “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website.

The education services company website recognizes 655 colleges over five regions: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and International.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 655 “regional best” colleges overall or by region. Instead, they are listed alphabetically.

“We chose Bethany College and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief.

He noted that The Princeton Review considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits.

“We are pleased to be recognized again by the Princeton Review,” said Joe Lane, provost and dean of faculty at Bethany. “We see this honor as well-deserved recognition for the work our faculty does to provide our students with a superlative education. Teaching and learning form the mission of Bethany College, and our devotion to student learning shows in the remarkable outcomes of our graduates.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to 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 website.

Some student comments in the profile describe Bethany as having a “rich history full of tradition” with a “friendly and inviting” campus.

“It is nice to be able to recognize and say hi to about 85 percent of the people you pass on the way to class,” one student said.

Students also single out strong programs in chemistry, biology, psychology, and education.

In addition, the Bethany faculty are praised for “being passionate about teaching,” and students rated them particularly highly for being interesting and accessible.

Students also speak favorably of their senior projects and comprehensive exams.

Though described as challenging, in the end, students say, “You feel confident that you know about your major and can get a real job.”

The colleges that joined Bethany in the “Best of the Southeast” list are from states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In addition to the 142 colleges featured in the “Best in the Southeast,” The Princeton Review also designated 224 colleges in the Northeast, 127 in the West, 158 in the Midwest and four in the International region as “best” in their locales.

Collectively, the colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists for 2021 constitute about 23 percent of the nation’s 2,800 four-year colleges.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.


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