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Bridgewater College Named One of Best in Southeast by Princeton Review


Princeton Review LogoBRIDGEWATER, Va. — Bridgewater College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review.

The New York City-based education services company selected Bridgewater as one of 135 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section on its website feature, 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review, commended Bridgewater and all the schools named as ‘regional best’ colleges.

“We selected them based on the institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years and the opinions of independent and high-school-based college advisers whose recommendations we invite,” he said.

Franek said The Princeton Review also takes into account what each school’s students report about their campus experiences. Students at Bridgewater were surveyed on a range of issues.

According to the Review, students say of BC, “There are active organizations for minorities and foreign students and they are a vital part of campus life. It is not unusual in the dining hall to see a Caucasian, an African American, a Peruvian and a Palestinian all eating together and having a great time.”

The Princeton Review, which operates in 41 states and 22 countries, is a standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company. It is not affiliated with Princeton University or the Educational Testing Service.

The 135 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designation are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly1,700 undergraduate students.

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Charles Culbertson
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Editor of Bridgewater Magazine
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Mary Kay Heatwole
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Abbie Parkhurst
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