Wesleyan Named a Best College in Nation

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Princeton Review selects VWC for "The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition"

News Release | August 6, 2014

The Princeton ReviewVirginia Wesleyan College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features VWC in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review), released August 5, 2014.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges, with rating scores for all schools in eight categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges.

"Virginia Wesleyan College offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” says Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher and author of The Best 379 Colleges. “We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges. We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

In the guide’s Virginia Wesleyan profile, the editors at The Princeton Review praise VWC for its devotion to "personal experience" and quote extensively from VWC students surveyed for the book. Among their comments, students cite the College’s small student/faculty ratio and the “scholarly relationships between educators and students.” Students also commented on the community’s willingness to “get involved,” particularly with volunteering, athletics and Greek Life.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 379 in any category. The list is entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 130,000 students (about 343 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their school's library, career services, and student body's political leanings. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list on its website.