The Princeton Review picks DelVal as one of the best colleges

Aug 04, 2010

Princeton Review 2011 Best College in the NortheastDelaware Valley College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to the Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company.

The college 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." The listings were posted Aug. 2 on DelVal is also featured in the Princeton Review’s book, "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition."

"We're pleased to recommend Delaware Valley College to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president for publishing. "We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs."

Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, president of the Doylestown college, said he was delighted the college
was included in Princeton Review’s listings and placed among schools as diverse as Bucknell, Gettysburg, Arcadia, Muhlenberg and Colgate.

"This affirms what everyone familiar with our college knows but which the larger community outside our region needs to know," he said. "Delaware Valley College is a strong, vibrant institution that is getting stronger by the day. We have great plans for the future. When they are realized, an education here will rival those at some of the most respected colleges and universities on this list. In some respects, it already does."

Schools were chosen based on institutional data collected by the Princeton Review, visits by its staff to schools over the years and the opinions of college counselors and advisors. Also taken into account were student responses to an 80-question survey.

The Princeton Review 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.

DelVal students reported that faculty members are "very knowledgeable and easily accessible." Classes, they said, are "wonderfully taught." They also told the Princeton Review that students are friendly, that they love Doylestown and that the campus is safe.

Delaware Valley College is an independent, four-year, residential institution with more than 1,750 full-time undergraduate students. It offers 27 majors, including biology, chemistry, animal science, business, counseling psychology, criminal justice administration and secondary education. In addition, the college has master’s programs in business administration and educational leadership.

The 218 colleges the Princeton Review chose for its "Best Northeastern Colleges" book and website list are in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 152 colleges in the Midwest, 120 in the West and 133 in the Southeast. Collectively, the 623 colleges named regional bests constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. The colleges were not ranked numerically.

The Princeton Review is headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine. For more information on the best colleges list see