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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 220 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Northeast" section on its web site feature 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region that was recently posted on www.PrincetonReview.com.
The 220 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 629 colleges were named "regional best(s)," which represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
"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."
"We're pleased to recommend Lycoming to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president for 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 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.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.