Webber named a “Best in the Southeast” college by The Princeton Review

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY NAMED “A BEST IN THE SOUTHEAST” COLLEGE BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW ON ITS WEBSITE FEATURE: “2016 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION”

Webber International University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The well-known education services company lists the college among its “Best in the Southeast” recommended schools in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature that posted on August 3, 2015.  The feature is accessible at http://www.princetonreview.com/bestSEcolleges.  Only 140 colleges in twelve Southeastern states made The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” list for 2016.

In its website profile on Webber International University, The Princeton Review describes the college as “a focused, close knit environment” and commends it for its “knowledgeable, down-to-earth professors who  are very accessible in and out of school, care about  success, and are great at what they do.”  “We chose Webber and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added.  “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections.”

“We believe that the more a student knows about a school, the better his or her chances for success,” said Dr. Keith Wade, the university’s President & CEO. “We’ve been around since 1896, and our focus has never been on the latest fad or the current hot topic.  Our goal is to get our students ready for their first jobs and their first few promotions, and publications like the Princeton Review let them know what we’re all about up front so they can make an informed decision.  Though, frankly, because our campus is on one of the most pristine lakes in Florida, nothing prepares people for our stunning sunsets,” said Wade.

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Some student comments in the profile on Webber include appreciation for “one-on-one attention due to small class sizes” and “an administration that is “well organized, friendly, [and] willing to help when they can.”  WIU students describe themselves as “friendly, outgoing, and helpful.” While the majority (about 70 percent) of WIU’s students are Florida residents, a good portion of the student body hails from locations all over the globe. “We have a lot of international students,” comments one undergrad, adding, “Everybody seems to feel comfortable here.”

Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review’s  “regional best” lists constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 649 colleges, either overall, by region, or in various categories. However, some schools on the “regional best” lists that also appear in The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition, appear on some of the company’s 62 ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” that are published in that book. All of those ranking lists are based entirely on the company’s surveys of students at the 380 schools in the book.

The 140 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2016 list are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

About Webber International University

Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws and one of the first schools of business for women in the nation, Webber International University now educates men and women from over 50 different nations.  Students at Webber’s Florida campus major in one of the many disciplines of business offered at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats.  Joining Webber as a branch campus in 2011, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, NC) is a comprehensive liberal arts school established by merger in 1961 but tracing its roots back to the 1896 founding of its predecessor Flora Macdonald College. Each school of the Webber family features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities.  The University has been recognized as a Princeton Review Best in the Southeast College, a US News and World Reports America’s Best Colleges designee, and a GI Jobs America’s Most Military Friendly school. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and some programs enjoy additional programmatic accreditations.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).  For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.

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