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PC Magazine and The Princeton Review Name Eckerd College One of Top 20 Wired Colleges for 2008

posted on 09/05/2008

Eckerd College is among the Top 20 Wired Colleges in the nation, according to PC Magazine, the go-to resource for tech news, reviews and analysis, and The Princeton Review, the premier test prep and educational services company. The list, with Eckerd holding the #7 spot (up from #18 in 2006), is available online at America's Top Wired Colleges, 2008 Edition and will be available exclusively in PC Magazine's October issue (on newsstands September 16).

The "Top 20 Wired Colleges" honors schools with the most comprehensive technology offerings. Princeton Review asked tech-specific questions as part of a survey conducted earlier this year for its annual publication, The Best 368 Colleges, 2009 Edition. The survey focused on Academics, Student Resources, Infrastructure, Wireless Networks, and Tech Support including questions on everything from advanced comp sci programs and online lectures to computer labs and online security.

"At Eckerd College we try to anticipate the computing needs of our students even before they arrive. The freshmen who arrive in 2012 will have different needs and online behavior than the class of 2012 that has just arrived on campus. As a small school, we can be agile and react to these changes and better align our resources to the needs of our community," says John Duff, Director of Information Technology Services at Eckerd.

Duff adds, "In addition, our location, while almost idyllic, puts us in the path of severe weather on occasion. In recognition of how vital technology is to maintaining continuity when severe weather threatens, we have established a co-located data center. This allows us to very quickly transition key systems when the need arises and maintain the academic program even when we are not present on campus."

PC Magazine's Top 20 Wired Colleges of 2008:
1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, Ill.
2. Kansas State University; Manhattan, Kan.
3. University of Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah
4. Bentley College; Waltham, Mass.
5. Pomona College; Claremont, Calif.
6. Boston College; Boston, Mass.
7. Eckerd College; St. Petersburg, Fla.
8. Hollins University; Roanoke, Va.
9. Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.
10. University of Oklahoma; Norman, Okla.
11. The Catholic University of America; Washington, D.C.
12. Loyola College; Baltimore, Md.
13. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering; Needham, Mass.
14. Rice University; Houston, Texas
15. Villanova University; Villanova, Pa.
16. University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pa.
17. University of Southern California; Los Angeles, Calif.
18. Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, Pa.
19. Bowdoin College; Brunswick, Maine
20. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cambridge, Mass.

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review (NASDAQ: REVU) is a pioneer in the world of education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the Company 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, www.PrincetonReview.com, helps over half of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for their higher education. In addition, The Princeton Review works with school districts around the U.S. to measurably strengthen students' academic skills by connecting ongoing assessment with professional development and instruction and by providing districts with college and career resources for both students and guidance counselors. The Company also authors more than 200 print and software titles on test preparation; college and graduate school selection and admissions; and related topics.

About The PC Magazine Network
The PC Magazine Network, the leading technology media brand, delivers comprehensive labs-based reviews and the most trusted recommendations for buyers of technology products and services. Reaching over 11 million highly engaged technology influencers online and in print each month, PC Magazine provides product reviews, first looks at emerging technologies, help and how-to advice, opinion columns from renowned technology pundits, and shopping services delivered across a multiple platform delivery system of Web sites, e-newsletters, Webcasts, broadband video and magazines.

Click here to read the supporting November 5, 2008 article by the St. Petersburg Times: "Survey rates Eckerd's tech-savvy campus No. 7"

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