Press Release for Thursday, August 6, 2015
Princeton Review Names UNF Best in the Southeast College
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
For the seventh consecutive year, the University of North Florida is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends UNF in its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2016.
Only 140 colleges and universities in 12 Southeastern states made the “Best in the Southeast” list for 2016. The list is part of the company’s website feature, “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
“I am delighted that UNF is being recognized as an all-around outstanding academic institution within the Southeast by The Princeton Review,” said UNF President John Delaney. “This prestigious recognition affirms the tremendous on-going effort UNF has put forth to build one of the finest universities in the state.”
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’re pleased to recommend the University of North Florida to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose UNF and the other institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher.
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own 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.
Students at the University say, “There is no typical student at UNF.” Filled with “friendly” people, UNF possesses “all the aspects of a huge state college with a much more laid back feel.” Professors were praised for their accessibility, with students reporting that they’ve “never had a situation where a professor was unavailable.” Students also say at UNF, “you’re not a number, you’re a person.”
The Princeton Review doesn’t rank the 649 colleges in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or in various categories. The 140 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2016 list are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” list constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.