Princeton Review names DelVal to ‘Best in the Northeast’ list

Aug 03, 2017

students walking outside the library at DelVal

Credit: Delaware Valley University. Delaware Valley University has been recognized by The Princeton Review for eight consecutive years. 

Delaware Valley University is one of the best schools in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists the university among its "Best in the Northeast" recommended schools in its "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" feature that was posted on Aug. 1. Only 229 schools in 11 Northeastern states made the list for 2018.  DelVal has been named as a top educational institution by the Princeton Review for the past eight consecutive years.

"We chose Delaware Valley University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief. "The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.” 

"We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project," Franek added. "We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections." 

“Delaware Valley University is pleased to be consistently recognized by The Princeton Review for providing an exceptional student experience,” said DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo. “The student experience is our top priority at DelVal and we’re continuing to expand on the personal, hands-on opportunities DelVal provides for students.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their schools on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and 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 site. Some student comments in the profile on DelVal are “the professors are always willing to help you succeed,” “an education based on the reality of the future” and “small class sizes that give the students the opportunity to gain a lot of hands-on experience.” 

Collectively, the 658 colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best" lists constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. The 229 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" 2018 list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont -- and the District of Columbia.  The Princeton Review also designated 158 colleges in the Midwest, 127 in the West, 140 in the Southeast and four abroad as best in their locales on the company’s "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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