Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Washington College Named to Princeton Review's Top Northeastern Colleges for 2007

Chestertown, MD, August 28, 2006 — For a third year in a row, Washington College has been featured as one of a select group of colleges and universities profiled in The Princeton Review's Best Northeastern Colleges. The 2007 Review lauds the college's size and a personalized approach that "allows everyone, including professors and the administration, to get to know [students] both inside and outside the classroom."

"The schools in this book all have excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Vice President of Publishing for The Princeton Review. "We chose them from several hundred Northeastern schools we considered based on institutional data we collect, our surveys of students on each college campus, and our visits to schools over the years."

Best Northeastern Colleges 2007profiles 222 select institutions in the District of Columbia and 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Princeton Review surveyed 58,000 students for this edition (about 250 students per campus) to gain an "insider's" view on matters ranging from the teaching ability of professors to campus food and from academic programs to student social life.

Candid comments drawn from the student surveys are included in every college's profile. Students surveyed at Washington College cited "individualized attention," a "well-respected creative writing program," and professors who "are wonderful at helping students advance their careers in their chosen fields" as some of the reasons they love the college.

WC students also applauded the college's "great psych program and excellent record of placement into medical schools," opportunities and funding for independent study and self-designed majors, collaborative scientific research with professors, and a student body in which "all of the groups easily intermingle and are friendly across campus."

"We are very proud to be included in this guide," said Baird Tipson, President of Washington College. "The students' own unsolicited comments confirm that we are achieving what we set out to do, to give our students an intimate learning environment where our professors truly mentor them and where they will find the people, the facilities, and the experiences to support their personal growth and highest achievement."

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