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Appalachian named “A Best College in the Southeast” college by Princeton Review

Listing appears in “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature

BOONE—Appalachian State University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to the nationally known education services company The Princeton Review. It is one of 136 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that was posted Aug. 20 at PrincetonReview.com.

In the profile on Appalachian on its site, The Princeton Review describes the university as, “From the top down, Appalachian strives to be the very best it can be, satisfied students at this midsize state university tell us. They report that the school accomplishes this end by hiring ‘open and accessible administrators’ and ‘caring and stimulating professors’ as well as by offering ‘challenging courses.’

“We’re pleased to recommend Appalachian to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president /publisher. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

Schools were selected for the Best in the Southeast category based on institutional data collected from the schools, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of Princeton Review staff, plus college counselors and advisors who were invited to submit recommendations.

“We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists,” Franek said.

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 quality of the campus food – 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. One student reported that, “The Appalachian administration and faculty pride themselves on being available to students. Our chancellor, Dr. Ken Peacock, wants to know what students think the university needs, and he goes out of his way to make himself accessible to us.”

Another wrote that Appalachian “is completely focused on the students. Undergraduate research is greatly encouraged. This is truly a teaching university.”

“With students well distributed across a wide range of majors, ASU successfully fulfills its mandate to serve a broad spectrum of interests,” according to the Princeton Review profile.

“While being included on lists such as those published by The Princeton Review is an honor, it is even more gratifying to read the positive statements from our students about the university’s focus on teaching and undergraduate research,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori S. Gonzalez. “The opportunity for our undergraduates to work side-by-side with faculty conducting research on the environment, energy, health care and other academic areas creates meaningful connections and allows students to ask the questions that can help find answers for improving our world.”

The 136 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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 quality of the campus food – 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. One student reported that, “The Appalachian administration and faculty pride themselves on being available to students. Our chancellor, Dr. Ken Peacock, wants to know what students think the university needs, and he goes out of his way to make himself accessible to us.”

Another wrote that Appalachian “is completely focused on the students. Undergraduate research is greatly encouraged. This is truly a teaching university.”

“With students well distributed across a wide range of majors, ASU successfully fulfills its mandate to serve a broad spectrum of interests,” according to the Princeton Review profile.

Other recent accolades include a listing in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2012,” published in April, The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges for 2012” list, published in February, and Forbes Magazine’s lists of America’s 650 Top Colleges and Top 100 Best Buy College, released in August.

The Princeton Review (http://www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York and locations across the U.S.A. and abroad, The Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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