By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
For the ninth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has recognized the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as one of the best colleges in the northeast.
“We are very pleased that Pitt-Bradford once again has received this national recognition,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “We are even more pleased this year that The Princeton Review specifically cites our affordability since everyone on our campus works very hard to ensure that students get a quality education that is affordable.”
The education services company selected Pitt-Bradford as one of 222 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its PrincetonReview.com feature “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Pitt-Bradford to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.
“From several hundred schools in each region, 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."
In the case of Pitt-Bradford, those surveys describe the campus as one where faculty members are “personable” and “have real life experiences to bring back to the classrooms” and the administration is “very friendly and helpful.”
Those taking the survey described their fellow students as “down-to-earth people” “who are easily approachable.”
The 222 colleges chosen for Princeton Review’s “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. Collectively, the 633 colleges nationwide named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
In addition to being recognized as a regional best for the past eight years, Pitt-Bradford was also named a Best Value College for 2012 by the education services company.
Under a section titled “bang for your buck,” Pitt-Bradford’s regional best profile reads, “The school wants to make college education affordable, and the numerous need- and merit-based scholarships in place are good evidence of this (not to mention the entirely reasonable tuition).
“Factoring in the financial aid most students receive, the cost of attending Pitt-Bradford is much less than you might expect, and the university’s growing reputation means the degree is increasingly more valuable. Merit Scholarships (called Panther Scholarships) are determined using only GPA and the Math and Critical Reading portion of the SATs, so a good student can get $5,500 knocked off their tuition bill each year.”