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Worcester State Named ‘Best in Northeast’ for Seventh Year

August 4, 2010
By: Worcester State University News

Worcester State has been named a “Best in the Northeast College” by the Princeton Review for the seventh year in a row.  It is the only Massachusetts State College with this designation.  “We are so proud to receive this designation once again,” said President Janelle Ashley.  “The Princeton Review uses independent feedback from our students in its evaluation process and we are delighted to hear that our students are having such great success with our faculty.  Our students are at the center of everything we do,” she added.

The profile for Worcester State, in the upcoming “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” states:

“The professors have real world knowledge and experience and that is a big plus to the learning process.” Students praise the “intimate and learner-friendly” environment, where small classes make for “a much more comfortable” experience. A current student tells us, “I have also gotten to know many of my professors due to the small class sizes and their availability to meet with students after class.” On that note, “the professors at Worcester State are very accessible and extremely helpful,” and they “really just love to teach.”

Worcester State is one of 218 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,”  and also in its book, “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition” (Random House / Princeton Review Books, On Sale August 10, 2010, $16.99).

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publishing, said, “We chose Worcester State and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.   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.”

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools 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.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best Northeastern Colleges” book and website list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia.

About The Princeton Review:

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and tutoring.  With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, (, the Company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education.  The Princeton Review also partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.   The Company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education.  Penn Foster provides career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (, which are headquartered in Scranton, PA.

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