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Virginia Wesleyan College chosen by Princeton Review for inclusion in its guide: The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition

Best 377 CollegesNews Release | August 21, 2012

Virginia Wesleyan College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features VWC in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review), available in a print edition ($23.99) and a new enhanced eBook edition ($14.99) on August 21, 2012.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. 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, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of "The Best 377 Colleges," "We commend Virginia Wesleyan for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book.  Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.  We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character." 

In its profile on VWC, The Princeton Review praises the school for its “community feel” and “quaint campus,” which is “small enough that you can walk into a room and name at least five people you know and like, but big enough that it is not full of clones.” The profile quotes extensively from Virginia Wesleyan students the Company surveyed for the book.  Among their comments about their experiences at the college: “Every professor I’ve had so far has been a character who loves what they teach and whose enthusiasm is catching.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category.  Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools.  The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them.  Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food.  Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance.  The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and on its website.