Averett University Ranked Among the Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern Colleges

Posted on September 9th, 2015 by Emily Tomlinson

2015Princeton LogoAverett University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company recently listed Averett as one of the “Best in the Southeast” in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” guide. Only 140 colleges in twelve Southeastern states made The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” list for 2016.

“We chose Averett University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “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 to independently 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.”

This marks the third consecutive year Averett has been recognized by The Princeton Review in its “Best Colleges: Region by Region” guide.

“Averett University is honored to be included in The Princeton Review’s prestigious list of best colleges for the third consecutive year,” Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks said. “Our vision statement says that we will be ‘a premier student-centered university renowned for innovative teaching and experiential learning.’ The responses of our students on The Princeton Review’s survey are an affirmation that our innovative, student-centered approach is not only being embraced; it is helping our students flourish in school and in their careers.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges 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.

A few excerpted quotes from Averett students: undergraduates “treat each other well,” and “turn our assignments in on time, study hard, have a great relationship with our fellow classmates and professors, and are role models in our communities.” Financially, many students report that Averett “offered me the most bang for my buck.” Averett students are “very outgoing” and “friendly,” and as a “smaller school,” Averett “allows all students to spend time with almost everyone.” A “number of international students” add “diversity” to the campus. One student asserts that at Averett, “the people make the school, and the school makes the people.”

The 140 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2016 list are located in twelve 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.

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.