The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was rated one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast for 2010, The Princeton Review announced on July 27.
The education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its Web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president for publishing, said the “best colleges” are selected based on data, visits and surveys of school counselors and students.
“We chose UNCP and the other terrific schools we recommend as our regional best colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” Franek said. “We also work to have our roster of 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,” he continued. “We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey.”
UNCP Chancellor Charles Jenkins said the national recognition is an honor.
“The student-focused faculty and staff of UNC Pembroke are honored to be included in the Princeton Review’s prestigious list of best colleges,” Chancellor Jenkins said. “This recognition is very gratifying because it includes the feedback of our students, who indicate that our focus on the student experience and high quality academic offerings helps them succeed.”
The 141 colleges The Princeton Review selected in the Southeast are located in 12 states. The Princeton Review also designated 218 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 of its site. The 640 colleges named “regional best(s)” represent only about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues - from the accessibility of professors to quality of campus dining - and answer questions about themselves, fellow students and campus life. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its site.
Some UNCP student comments quoted in the profile:
- “UNC Pembroke offered me the opportunity to reinvent myself, to become the person I always wanted to be. I got the feeling that I could blossom there. From a terrified freshman, I am a confident upperclassman.”
- “I considered several schools and UNCP was one of them. I talked to friends who go to big schools, and when they tell me they sometimes feel alone and just a number I know I made the right decision for me by coming to UNC Pembroke.”
The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books and college and graduate school admission services.