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Princeton Review Honors Merrimack

August 31, 2011
Merrimack College named “A Best In the Northeast.”

Merrimack College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 220 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” on PrincetonReview.com.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Princeton Review as a ‘Best in the Northeast’ college,” said Christopher E. Hopey, president, Merrimack College. “This recognition reflects our commitment to creating innovative academic programs that prepare our students for the future. This honor also reflects our efforts to provide students with an outstanding academic experience both inside and outside of the classroom.”
 
Merrimack College is one of 220 colleges chosen for its “Best in the Northeast” list and are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 153 colleges in the Midwest, 121 in the West, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.  Collectively, the 629 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
 
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Merrimack College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”  
 
Students attending the schools chosen were asked 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. 
 
In addition, honorees were rated in six categories. The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scores on a scale of 60 to 99.  The Princeton Review tallied these scores based on institutional data it obtained from the colleges in 2010-11 and/or student survey data. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx
 
The Princeton Review does not rank the 629 colleges in its “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories.  However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 376 schools in the book.
 
 
About Merrimack College
 The only Catholic Augustinian college in New England, Merrimack College is a selective, independent, co-educational institution with 2,000 full-time students from 22 states and 20 countries. Merrimack’s beautiful 220-acre campus is situated 20 minutes north of Boston in North Andover, Massachusetts. Featuring rigorous academics, small classes, and a close-knit residential community, Merrimack offers a wide range of business, education, engineering, liberal arts, science and engineering programs. Our reputation for inspiring excellence is exemplified through our 22,000 alumni—accomplished professionals who are committed to serving the greater good.
 
About the Princeton Review
 The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.
 
The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu). Penn Foster creates the platform to leverage the company’s Career Education Partnerships division with the National Labor College (NLC). This venture was formed to bring high-quality bachelor degree completion and certificate programs to the AFL-CIO’s 13 million members and the working adults in their families. For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com.

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