Princeton Review Names UWG Among Best Colleges in Southeast

Friday, August 30, 2013

The University of West Georgia was named one of the “Best in the Southeast” colleges for The Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” UWG joins 138 other top institutions on this list, including Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mercer University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University.

"We are pleased to see the dedicated work of our faculty and staff and the success of our students recognized by Princeton Review,” said Dr. Kyle Marrero, president of UWG. “This is a validation of the quality of our academic programs and our commitment to being a world-class institution."

The Princeton Review endorsed only 643 colleges and universities in the entire nation, approximately 25 percent of all four-year institutions. Institutions were not ranked within the list. In addition to Georgia, The Princeton Review includes the following states in the Southeast region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Princeton Review is an education services company widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides. The selection process included student interviews from most of the nation’s 2,500 institutions about several aspects of academic and campus life. The best institutions were chosen for their excellent academic programs and outstanding student experiences. Some were also praised for being financially accessible to a diverse range of students.

“We’re pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose these as our ‘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. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

In the study, The Princeton Review found that students love UWG’s top-notch nursing, business and education programs. The Advanced Academy also received a nod for setting dual-enrolled high school students on the path to success. According to The Princeton Review, professors “really care how their students do in class” at UWG, according to an anonymous student. The students in the study also mentioned their appreciation for the easy access to tutors and computer labs, as well as informative guest speakers.

To view the full guide, please visit The Princeton Review’s website at http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.