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Worcester State University ‘Best in Northeast’ for 10th Year

August 10, 2013
By: Renae Lias Claffey

Worcester State University has a winning tradition in the eyes of the Princeton Review. For the 10th year in a row, WSU has been named one of the “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” by the nationally known education services company – colleges they consider “academically outstanding and well worth consideration.”  It is the only Massachusetts state university with this designation.

The Princeton Review has also recognized WSU as one of the nation’s 75 Best Value public colleges for 2013.

According to the Princeton Review, WSU’s Students are drawn to Worcester State University’s “small classroom learning environments,” “closely-linked” community, and its capacity to provide “a quality education without a ridiculous tuition bill.” One student observes, “Because the class sizes tend to be fairly small, you are able to form an actual relationship with your professors, which c…students appreciate its small classroom environments, links to community and, as one student said, its ability to provide “a quality education without a ridiculous tuition bill.” Class time flexibility and a “fantastic nursing program” were also noted, as was WSU’s participation in the Worcester Consortium, under which students may take classes at 11 other nearby colleges.

“Our aim is to provide high quality learning in a high quality environment, and to keep doing that better every year,” said WSU President Barry M. Maloney.  “It is gratifying to have an outside organization as well respected as the Princeton Review tell us what we already know: Worcester State University is a great place to go to college.”

The Princeton Review examines several hundred schools in each region. The regional “best” lists are determined by data, visits from the publication’s staff, staff opinions and on recommendations from college counselors and advisors. They also consider data collected in a student survey.

The 225 colleges chosen for its 2014 “Best in the Northeast” 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 25 percent of the national’s four-year colleges made the Princeton Review’s “best” lists in all four regions of the county – a total of 644 nationwide.

Among the colleges included on the 2014 Northeast list are: Brown University, Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, WPI and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

About Worcester State University

Worcester State University is a nationally recognized public liberal arts university offering a wide variety of programs taught by committed, accessible faculty offering engaging research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students alike.



Renae Lias Claffey, Worcester State University

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