Wesleyan Named a 2016 ‘Best in the Southeast’ College by the Princeton Review

Owensboro, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. Only 140 colleges in 12 Southeastern states made this list. Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The well-known education services company lists the College among its “Best in the Southeast” recommended schools in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature athttp://www.princetonreview.com/bestSEcolleges.
“It is always rewarding to have Kentucky Wesleyan recognized as one of the most effective colleges in the country,” said President Barton D. Darrell.  “We focus on developing our students academically, socially and spiritually so they will be uniquely equipped for personal success and so they will be uniquely capable of adding great value to the lives of other people.”


The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed Wesleyan students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site:


  • “A small college experience with small classes, plenty of scholarship opportunities and career-oriented liberal arts with a broad range of majors.”
  • “You have a feeling of actually belonging and that you do matter, whereas in some larger schools there are just too many people.”
  • “The enthusiastic professors are wonderful.”
  • “A great Christian atmosphere that helps you grow into a moral and well-educated adult.”


“We chose Kentucky Wesleyan and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and Publisher. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.


“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added.  “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections.”


The 140 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2016 list are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.


The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books,and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.


About Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College, located in Owensboro, Kentucky, offers a wide range of degree majors focused on the current career markets and the global demands for innovation.  Kentucky Wesleyan graduates are in highly sought by top professional and graduate programs across the nation.


About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).  For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.


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