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Princeton Review chooses College for inclusion in its guide, "The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition"
Press Release | August 8, 2013
Virginia Wesleyan College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features VWC in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 378 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review), available on August 6, 2013.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of "The Best 378 Colleges," "Virginia Wesleyan College offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."
In its profile on VWC, The Princeton Review praises the College for its "community feel" and quotes extensively from Virginia Wesleyan students the Company surveyed for the book. Among their comments, students cite the College’s devotion to personal experience, expressing that the school makes students “feel welcome and proud to be a Marlin.” Comments also reference the small student/faculty ratio and the fact that professors at VWC “truly care about each student as individuals.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 378 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 126,000 students (about 333 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid. A new ranking list in this year's edition of the book names the schools at which students gave their school's science/lab facilities the strongest ratings. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list on its website.