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The Princeton Review Recognizes Le Moyne College as One of the Best Colleges in the Northeast

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)… Le Moyne College has been named by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast. Le Moyne is profiled in the 2010 “Best in the Northeast” section on The Princeton Review’s Web site, and is also included in the book, The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2010 Edition.

This marks the first time Le Moyne has received this distinction. It comes after a string of recent successes including a historic $50 million bequest (the McDevitt Endowment) and as the College prepares to welcome the largest incoming class in its history next month, further affirming Le Moyne's excellence as a College and the value of the Jesuit education it provides.

“This is important recognition for Le Moyne, and is yet another validation of the themes and ideas that have been echoed during our OneLeMoyne strategic planning process,” said Le Moyne President Fred Pestello, Ph.D. “A key component of the criteria used by The Princeton Review in compiling this list is based on student interviews, and our profile truly captures the positive, challenging and supportive atmosphere of Le Moyne, while conveying the power of what we are achieving here as a Catholic, Jesuit liberal arts college.”

 

The profile on Le Moyne written by The Princeton Review reads in part:

A “small, academically challenging, but supportive school,” Le Moyne maintains a top-notch teaching staff and a bulletin full of “interesting, intelligent, [and] engaging classes.” Professors are “out of this world,” and “the overall academic experience is one of the highest caliber, which constantly challenges the student to go further and achieve an understanding of the subject at hand, not just a completion of the assignment.” With few exceptions, professors are “very accessible and approachable, always willing to lend an extra academic hand,” and class sizes are uniformly small. Students generally say the academic programs are “challenging, without being too stressful” and the professors and staff “emphasize hard work, but also emphasize having a positive attitude.” Administrators “keep up with student needs, but also run the school in an efficient and conservative manner.”

Le Moyne is one of 218 Northeast institutions profiled in the 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region book, the publication’s sixth edition. According to Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review, “We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite.  We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey." 

 

Colleges selected as "Best in the Northeast" are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont and the District of Columbia. Also designated as regional best colleges are 158 colleges in the Midwest, 123 in the West, and 141 in the Southeast. These 640 colleges represent about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

 

The survey asks students to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.                                                                                          *         *          *

Le Moyne College is an independent, Jesuit institution offering a comprehensive program of liberal arts, sciences, pre-professional studies and graduate programs in education, business administration, nursing and physician assistant studies. Founded in 1946, Le Moyne’s 2,300 full-time undergraduates choose from 40 programs including majors in more than 30 areas of study, all of which emphasize the search for meaning and value in the intellectual life. Le Moyne is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., and the only Catholic college in Central New York.

 


posted on: 7/31/2009