Princeton Review list includes ECU

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 138 colleges in 12 states to be deemed “Best in the Southeast” as part of the “2014 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 – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of campus food – as part of a more than 80-question survey.

“I’m especially pleased to see the Princeton Review’s ranking of ECU. Their two most important factors are academic excellence as related to undergraduate programs and the views of the student body as reflected in an independent survey,” said ECU Provost Dr. Marilyn Sheerer. “Certainly, our undergraduate programs and options are very strong, and the students have shown their support of this fact in their response.”

The Princeton Review also designated colleges in the Northeast, West, and Midwest as best in their regions. Collectively, the 643 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.

The listing is available at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx.