WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College has been recognized as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected Lycoming as one of 218 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Northeast" section on its web site feature 2011 Best Colleges by Region that was recently posted on www.PrincetonReview.com. It also profiles the College in its book, "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition."
"There are more great schools in the Northeast than in any part of the country," said James Spencer, vice president of admissions and financial aid at Lycoming. "It's flattering that Lycoming is listed alongside such schools as Bucknell, Dickinson, Lafayette and Lehigh."
The 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" web site designations and "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. A total of 623 colleges were named "regional best(s)," which represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
"We chose Lycoming and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president for publishing. "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."
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.
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.