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For fifth year, Shepherd named a Best in the Southeast college by Princeton Review's Web site

ISSUED: 28 July 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(For fifth year, Shepherd named a Best in the Southeast college by Princeton Review's Web site)

Shepherdstown, WV--For the fifth year in a row, Shepherd University has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the southeast according to the Princeton Review's Web site. The New York City-based education services company selected Shepherd as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section on its Web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

The 141 colleges the Princeton Review chose for its Best in the Southeast designation are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 217 colleges in the Northeast, 123 in the West, and 158 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company's 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its Web site. The 639 colleges named regional bests represent only about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region Web site. The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their own schools on several issues, from accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food, and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.

According to Robert Franek, the Princeton Review's vice president of publishing, "We chose Shepherd and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character, and locale. We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite."

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