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Eckerd College Named to PC Magazine's 2007 Top 20 Wired Colleges

posted on 12/12/2006

Eckerd College has been recognized as one of PC Magazine's 2007 Top 20 Wired Colleges. The leading technology publication in the United States, and The Princeton Review, the premier test prep and educational services company, announced the winners on Tuesday.

The list is available exclusively in Issue 1 of PC Magazine, on newsstands December 26, and at www.go.pcmag.com/wiredcolleges (scheduled to go live on 12/19), where extensive profiles of the top 20 schools are available, as well as all 240 schools that completed The Princeton Review survey. On the site, users can also build charts to compare up to 10 schools, and view the original survey.

From the January 2007 issue of PC Magazine: "When it comes to high-tech campuses, bigger isn't always better. Some of the smaller schools offer more personalized services for their students and more individual attention from professors... #18 Eckerd College - Florida's only private national liberal arts college, in St. Petersburg, offers triton.CONNECT, a social networking and info portal for incoming freshmen, 802.11a/g (and soon 802.11n), and student blogs of its very active program of travel abroad."

"Budget and size are the biggest differentiators that set Eckerd apart from other schools," said David Pawlowski, Director of Information Technology Services at Eckerd College. "Given both the size of the college and the size of our staff, we have to be smart about the use of our resources. One of the benefits of being smaller is greater mobility to move quickly on technology related projects, especially on the web. Where other institutions might get bogged down in red tape and administrative oversight, we can move more quickly and try new things more frequently."

The "Top 20 Wired Colleges" honors colleges with the most comprehensive - in terms of size, scope and quality - computing and technology offerings. To identify the honorees, The Princeton Review surveyed college administrators from the schools featured in the 2007 edition of The Princeton Review's college guide, Best 361 Colleges. The criteria focused on three main areas of technology: Academics, Student Resources, and Infrastructure; and included questions on everything from faculty computer training to streaming media from the college's radio or television station to the types of tech support available to students on a 24-7 basis.

"Initially, you might be surprised by some of the schools on our "Top 20 Wired Colleges," said Robert Franek, Vice President. "At the Princeton Review, we know that finding the right-fit school for college bound students is not a matter of brand name recognition, but of quality of education and quality of life. All the schools on our list offer superior access, service, and infrastructure, and by doing so, they go above and beyond to serve those very real student needs."

For more details on The Princeton Review's "Most Connected Campuses," visit www.pcmag.com. Complete profiles for each college can be found at www.princetonreview.com.

About Eckerd College
Eckerd College is one of only 40 schools listed in Loren Pope's "Colleges That Change Lives." In 2003, Eckerd became one of only 270 colleges to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the academic society's 226-year history; Eckerd was named one of 13 "Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year" by the Policy Center on the First Year of College; and Eckerd was ranked the #1 U.S. baccalaureate institution with the highest proportion of students who study abroad during their undergraduate careers in a NAFSA Association of International Educators study as reported in "The Chronicle of Higher Education."

About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, The Princeton Review offers classroom and online test preparation, as well as private tutoring to help students improve their scores in college and graduate school admissions tests. The Company's free web site helps over half of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for their higher education, and helps hundreds of colleges and universities streamline their admissions and recruiting activities.

About PC Magazine
PC Magazine delivers comprehensive labs-based reviews and the most trusted recommendations for buyers of technology products and services. Reaching more than 4.8 million highly engaged technology influencers, PC Magazine provides product reviews, first looks at emerging technologies, opinion columns from renowned tech pundits, and insightful features that help you use technology to live better. To meet its readers' needs for buying information that is as current as it is comprehensive, PC Magazine publishes 22 times a year in print and continually on the Web at www.pcmag.com.

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