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Shepherd listed as one of 142 Best Southeast Colleges by The Princeton Review

ISSUED: 16 August 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University is one of the 142 Best Colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Shepherd in the Best in the Southeast section of its “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature that posted in August at

The website feature salutes a total of 656 colleges that The Princeton Review recommends over five regions—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and International. The colleges that made the Best Southeastern list are located Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

“Shepherd University is proud to be listed as one of the Best Colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review,” said Dr. Scott Beard, provost. “This recognition showcases Shepherd’s academic programs, student support services, and campus events for our current and future student body.”

In its website profile on Shepherd, The Princeton Review describes the college as sitting “scenically above the Potomac River, just 90 miles away from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore” and commends it for offering “a plethora of programs and events” available to help students.

“We chose Shepherd and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. He noted that the company considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits.

“We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” Franek said.

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to 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 website. Some student comments about Shepherd include  “big on community service and community in general” and professors are “very passionate about their fields,” “want to make a difference in your life,” and are “very open when it comes to meeting with students.”

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in New York City, it is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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