Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. Eastern is one of 218 institutions that The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section on PrincetonReview.com.
"The University community is honored to be included in The Princeton Review's 'Best Colleges in the Northeast' for the second time in three years," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "What is most gratifying is that much of this recognition can be attributed to the survey of our students that The Princeton Review conducted. Our students seem to appreciate the residential, liberal arts experience that we offer -- small classes, personal attention from faculty, and a vibrant campus life. The fact our students feel Eastern is affordable is also important to families in these challenging economic times."
"We're pleased to recommend Eastern Connecticut State University to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publishing. "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, 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 on our 80-question student survey. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools 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. Student comments on Eastern included "A smaller school with smaller classes;" Eastern's "thorough liberal arts curriculum" is conducted within a "comfortable learning environment;" and "I went to academic advising and I was amazed about how fast I was helped and it actually made a positive difference in my work." The campus life was also highlighted: "There are always activities gong on such as movies, parties, crafts and comedians. You will never be bored at this school."