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Brescia Named “A Best in the Southeast” College by The Princeton Review

Brescia University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends the school as one of 139 institutions in twelve Southeastern states it names to its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2015.  The list is part of the Company’s website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” that posted on on August 4, 2014.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / 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 Brescia 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 added, “Our selections also take into account what students at the schools report to us about their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. We ask every question that a prospective applicant might want to ask on a campus visit.  Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

“We are honored to be again be recognized by The Princeton Review as a Best College in the Southeast.  I am particularly proud of notations such as this because it highlights and publicly acknowledges the outstanding academic quality, program offerings, and campus culture that are our hallmark,” says Fr. Larry Hostetter, Brescia University President.

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.  Students describe Brescia as “a Catholic liberal arts university with a small class room size and hometown feel” with a focus on “helping students become all that they can be in a small class atmosphere where learning, morality, and servant leadership are encouraged.” The “intimate” environment is “wonderful for students who want individual attention” and provides students with “the chance to succeed academically, socially, and spiritually.” Students gave high marks to the professorial staff, reporting that they “have your best interests at heart,” “are always willing to help you whenever you need their help,” and are “focused on making successful people out of the students that come through Brescia.” Students felt that the education they received at Brescia left them “a little more aware, a lot brighter, and a whole lot more prepared for life.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the 648 colleges in its “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or in various categories.  However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 379 schools in the book.

The 139 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2015 list are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.  Collectively, the 648 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. The Company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.