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USM named one of the best in Northeast

PORTLAND, Maine —The University of Southern Maine is one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.

“We’re pleased to recommend the University of Southern Maine to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” reported Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vp / publisher.  “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.

From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

Only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges were chosen for The Princeton Review’s newly posted website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” For its “Best in the Northeast” edition, The Princeton Review selected 222 colleges in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia.   The Princeton Review also named Best Colleges for the Midwest (153), West (122), and Southeast (136).

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