Princeton Review Names Rowan University a "Best in the Northeast" college

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Rowan University is one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected the school as one of 212 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section on its PrincetonReview.com feature 2009 Best Colleges Region by Region. It also profiles the school in its book "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition" (on sale August 5). In The Princeton Review's profile on Rowan, it describes the school as "dedicated to offering students a high quality education at an affordable price."


Rowan University is one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected the school as one of 212 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section on its PrincetonReview.com feature 2009 Best Colleges Region by Region. It also profiles the school in its book "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition" (on sale August 5). In The Princeton Review's profile on Rowan, it describes the school as "dedicated to offering students a high quality education at an affordable price."

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of Publishing, "We commend all of the schools we name this year as our ‘regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We selected them based on institutional data we collected 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 their schools on our 80-question student survey. Finally, we work to have our annual roster of ‘regional best' colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale."

The 212 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" website designations and "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book are located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia. On its website 2009 Best Colleges Region by Region feature, The Princeton Review also designated 159 colleges in the Midwest, 120 in the West, and 139 in the Southeast as "regional best" colleges in their locales. The 630 colleges named "regional best(s)" represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review survey for this project asked 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 website and in the book. Student comments quoted in the profile on Rowan included: "Anyone can find a place to fit in at Rowan University because of the wide variety of students, events and organizations Rowan University offers."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its Best Colleges: Region by Region or in its "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book. Unlike The Princeton Review's annual college guide "The Best 368 Colleges," "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book does not have ranking lists based on student surveys.

"The Best Northeastern Colleges - 2009 Edition" is the fifth edition of the book and part of a line of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House.

The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, college admission and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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