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Eckerd College Featured in 2010 Edition of The Princeton Review's The Best 371 Colleges

posted on 08/05/2009

Eckerd College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education and is one of the Best Southeastern Colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company known for its test-prep courses features the college in the just-published 2010 edition of its annual book, The Best 371 Colleges. Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are in the book.

In its profile on Eckerd, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from Eckerd students surveyed for the book. Among their candid comments on the college: Eckerd College may be small, but it only seems small "where it matters, like class size[s] and relationships with professors." It also offers many "big-school opportunities that make it seem bigger than it is." Eckerd offers "much flexibility for designing your own concentration or for independent studies" as well as many opportunities "to do research with your professors and advance in ways you couldn't imagine at larger schools."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically, or from 1 to 371 in any category, nor do the rankings reflect The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. A college's appearance on a ranking list is entirely the result of a high consensus among its surveyed students about a topic compared with that of students at other schools answering the same survey question(s) on the ranking list topic.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Vice President of Publishing and author of The Best 371 Colleges, "We commend Eckerd College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character. We make our choices based on institutional data we gather about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from our staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year. We also value the opinions and suggestions of our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and independent college counselors we hear from yearlong."

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, education, and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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