Princeton Review Lists Bethany Among Best Colleges in Southeast


BETHANY, W.Va. - Bethany College has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast Region, according to the Princeton Review. The nationally-renowned education services company selected Bethany as one of 139 institutions it recommends in the “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region. This marks the fifth time Bethany has been selected for inclusion in the Princeton Review’s regional guide.

“We are very pleased that the Princeton Review has once again recommended Bethany as one of the top colleges in the Southeast Region,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “Our multiple selections over the years by such a prestigious publication underline Bethany’s long tradition of academic excellence and confirm our status as a small college of national distinction.”

The 139 colleges and universities chosen by the Princeton Review for its “Best in the Southeast” designations 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 212 colleges and universities in the Northeast, 159 in the Midwest and 120 in the West as best in their regions on the company’s 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region section of its website. The 630 institutions named “regional bests” represent less than 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.

“We commend all of the schools we name this year as our ‘regional best colleges’ primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for the Princeton Review. “We selected them based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers — their students — report to us about their campus experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey.”

The Princeton Review ( is a New York-based company known for its test preparation courses, books, college admission and other education services. It does not rank the schools in its Best Colleges: Region by Region section and is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in the state.