Assumption Among the Best in the Northeast

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On August 5, 2013, the Princeton Review published their 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region list. This list was divided into four areas—Western, Midwestern, Southeastern and Northeastern regions. Among the distinguished institutions, Assumption College was featured in the Best in the Northeast List, which mentions 224 other colleges. This list focuses specifically on 11 states in the northeastern region where 36 of the colleges mentioned are from Massachusetts, six of them in Worcester, Mass.

The selection process for the Princeton Review’s Region by Region list is one that goes through objective and subjective processes. According to its website, the selection of a school is dependent on two specific criteria.

First, the college or institution must adhere to Princeton Review’s standards of academic excellence. This is deduced by specific data in their administrator surveys as well as taking into account the opinions of the Princeton Review’s staff, counselors and advisors whose opinion they welcome. Second, the Princeton Review independently surveys students that attend the schools, being reviewed through its own secure online survey.

Moreover, the Princeton Review likes to present a variety of schools in their lists, “large and small, public and private, men’s and women’s, historically black, science and technology—focused institutions and nontraditional colleges.” This ultimately promotes institutions with a wide range of characteristics that make them different from the others, and thus helps each student make a more educated choice for his or her future academic career.

“We are pleased to recommend Assumption College to students as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree,” said the Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher Robert Franek.  

“We chose Assumption mainly for its academic program,” he added.

Due to Princeton Review’s respected reputation, the response to the announcement that Assumption had made the list was well received among faculty and students.

“As a faculty member it’s very gratifying to know that students appreciate the challenges and opportunities we present in our classrooms and labs. We work hard to engage students in the major ideas and questions in our fields and thoroughly enjoy the lively discussions and thoughtful papers that come from those dynamic interactions,” said Dr. Kimberly A. Schandel, Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry and Chairperson of the Department of Natural Sciences.

“I was very impressed to hear that Assumption College was named in the Princeton Review as one of the top colleges in the Northeast. Assumption’s outstanding education is no secret to the students; however, the national recognition is welcome and bound to install pride in the student body,” said sophomore Daniel Murphy.  

“Assumption is committed to academic excellence and values all dimensions of the college experience—intellectual, social, community service, and spiritual,” said President Cesareo.
“Through their experience at Assumption, our students grow as individuals and reflect the values that are central to our mission as a Catholic institution.”

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