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ECU named in 'Best in the Southeast' list

Aug. 22, 2012

By Kathryn Kennedy
ECU News Services

East Carolina University has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region based on its academic programs by The Princeton Review – an educational services company known for its annual college ratings.

ECU is among 135 colleges to be deemed “Best in the Southeast” as part of the “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges on this list.
"We're pleased to recommend East Carolina University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher, in a news release. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”
The listing includes demographic data collected from ECU, as well as impressions students reported about their campus experiences as part of an 80-question survey.
“Since student voices were also part of the data collection, the recognition is even more important from my perspective,” said ECU Provost Dr. Marilyn Sheerer. “The rating acknowledges the availability and quality of our undergraduate academic offerings along with our high quality student affairs programs and services.
“ECU puts student success first, and this rating reflects that emphasis.”
The Princeton Review also designated colleges in the Northeast, West, and Midwest as best in their regions. Collectively, the 633 colleges named regional bests constitute about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges.
Other UNC-system schools deemed Best in the Southeast include Appalachian State University, N.C. State University, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Pembroke and Wilmington.
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