Worcester State University is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends the school as one of 226 institutions in eleven Northeastern states and the District of Columbia on its “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list, which is posted on PrincetonReview.com.
Only three of thirteen public universities offering undergraduate education in Massachusetts can claim this designation; Worcester State University joins UMass Amherst and UMass Boston on the list.
The Princeton Review commends Worcester State University for its emphasis on small class sizes and graduation rates. Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, “We developed our ‘Best Colleges: Region by Region’ lists to offer guidance for the growing number of students and parents now seeking colleges closer to home. We selected Worcester State University– and the other terrific institutions on our ‘regional best’ lists — primarily for their excellent academic offerings.”
The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the Company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the Company invites. Franek said the selections also take into account student responses to an 80-question survey conducted for this project.
“It is truly an honor to be on this list,” said Worcester State University President Barry M. Maloney. “That our university has again been recognized by the Princeton Review showcases that Worcester State University is a place where students can gain the academic understanding they need in order to change the way the world works.”
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 the quality of their science lab facilities — 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 Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site at http://www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx .
The 226 colleges that The Princeton Review the 2015 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.