The Princeton Review announced on Tuesday, Aug. 6 that Averett University has been ranked one of the "Best in the Southeast" in its "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region" section on its website. Averett is one of 138 institutions in the Southeast to receive this ranking.
"Being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Southeast is an honor for all of us at Averett University," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "Although the selection comes primarily from our excellent academic programs, it's important to note that the evaluation also included feedback from our current students, rating Averett on issues ranging from the accessibility of our professors to the quality of campus dining. The recognition certainly reinforces the university's reputation as one of the region's premiere institutions of learning."
The 138 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West and 155 in the Midwest as best in their locales. Collectively, the 643 colleges named constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.
"We're pleased to recommend Averett University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publisher. "We chose these as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.
"We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
According to the students who were surveyed, it's "location and reputation" that drew them to attend the University as well as standout programs in aviation, aeronautics, education, sports medicine and equine business management. Financially Averett "offered me the most bang for my buck."
Professors were described as "caring and helpful," as having the time to "work with you one-on-one" and as giving "a high degree of attention to individual students." One student asserted that at Averett, "the people make the school, and the school makes the people."
Students continued to describe the University as "giving the students all the tools they need to succeed in college and in life," with an emphasis on "hands-on learning experience," "developing relationships and realizing your future." Students graduate with the belief that "success is what you make of it" and profess values of "relationships," "diversity," "engagement" and "community."
Princeton Review is an education services company that is widely known for its test prep program and college and graduate school guides. 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 quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.
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