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Princeton Review Includes IUP in “Best 371 Colleges”

The Princeton Review has included IUP in the 2010 edition of The Best 371 Colleges and selected IUP as a “Best Northeastern College.”

This is the ninth consecutive year IUP has been selected for the annual guidebook. The “Best Northeastern Colleges” listing identifies “some of the colleges and universities that we feel stand out within each region,” guidebook editors wrote.

There are 130 four-year accredited colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and 2,343 in the United States.

The guidebook accepts no advertising dollars and uses independent surveys from current students, recent graduates, and college officials to determine which colleges and universities merit inclusion. The book is a reflection of interviews with more than one hundred thousand college students from all over the country.

“IUP’s unprecedented ninth consecutive rating as one of the top 371 colleges and universities in America reaffirms IUP’s high academic quality and excellence on a national scale,” Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP president, said. “The university community and especially the IUP faculty again can take pride in this special honor.”

In the category about IUP, students were quoted as saying IUP is academically challenging and students “get more for less.” They said that IUP has “awesome professors who are concerned with their welfare and academic growth,” and that faculty members are “strong educators” who push students to “think critically.”

Guidebook editors wrote that IUP “offers an academic environment unique among most public universities.”

In June 2007, Consumer Digest Magazine ranked IUP number four in its “Best Values in Public Colleges and Universities.” In February 2007, IUP was ranked fortieth out of one hundred colleges and universities selected for “The Kiplinger 100,” a listing of schools that combine outstanding value with a first-class education, in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

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