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Princeton Review says Fredonia is one of the best
Thursday, August 05, 2010

Princeton ReviewSUNY Fredonia is one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 218 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 2, 2010 on

It also features the school in its book, "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition" (Random House / Princeton Review Books, On Sale August 10, 2010, $16.99).

In its profile on SUNY Fredonia, The Princeton Review describes the college as "beautiful, friendly, welcoming, and accepting."

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publishing, "We're pleased to recommend SUNY Fredonia to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree.

Mr. Franek said Fredonia was chosen mainly for its excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, Princeton Review winnowed a list based on institutional data it collected, also taking into account what Fredonia students reported about their campus experiences in an 80-question student survey for this project.

Here are some excerpts from the book’s profile of SUNY Fredonia, taken directly from student comments:

--“Music and art are paramount” at this “beautiful, friendly, welcoming, and accepting,” “small, liberal public arts school” in upstate New York.

--In addition to music and art, SUNY—Fredonia also offers “great degree programs” in “education, theatre, and communications.”

--“Most if not all professors are masters of their craft” and “are welcoming and have open-door policies.”

--“A lot of the professors could realistically be teaching at better schools, but they choose to be at Fredonia because the area is wonderful,” says one student.

--“The school’s administration is great,” agree students. “It really means something when you see President Hefner and other campus administrators walking around campus, eating in our dining halls, and attending nearly every campus event showing support.”

--In addition, there are “millions of clubs and organizations, a lot of which do community service,” and also many “campus jobs that are not work study, so
are open to everyone.”

--As its academic reputation suggests, students also have numerous opportunities to take in “shows put on by the music and theater departments.”

--Outdoorsy types appreciate that “there are beautiful parks to go walking around, including the New York State Lake Erie Park.” Some “go fishing and take walks along the creek that runs through town.”

--If you seek big-city excitement “you can easily drive to Erie, PA or to Buffalo.”

--“Politics and diversity are strong topics for students at Fredonia.”

Universities were selected based on institutional data, personal visits, the opinions of guidance counselors, and an 80-question survey given to students about their campus. The Princeton Review survey asked 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. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its website and in the book.

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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