Princeton Review recommends Misericordia University

Misericordia University has been recognized as one of the top colleges and universities in the northeastern United States, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.

Misericordia University is one of 222 institutions of higher education The Princeton Review has recommended in its “Best in the Northeast’’ section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,’’ that posted Aug. 20 on The Princeton Review profile described Misericordia University’s academic programs as “very challenging’’ and “the coursework is rigorous,’’ but “it all adds up in the end’’ to a highly marketable degree.

“It is pleasing to know that our students rank us so well in these important categories,” said Michael A. MacDowell, president of Misericordia University. “We hope to be student-focused in everything we do and to prepare students for life after college. Rankings such as this affirm, at least in part, that we are accomplishing that objective.”

Misericordia University students also said that the “hands-on experience’’ and personal attention MU provides from professors who are leaders in their fields of study enable them to succeed. “Many of our professors, even the part-time (faculty), stay late and come in on their days off … just to help even one student,’’ according to the survey about the hallmarks of a Misericordia education. The personal attention and challenging academics lead to “a friendly, caring environment’’ that promotes success.

MU students also acknowledged the university’s highly respected programs in the health sciences, including medical imaging, sonography, nuclear medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and solid offerings in business and teacher education.

Students also praise the school’s “programs for internships and studying abroad,” which they report “are becoming more and more important and popular.”

Misericordia University scored better than most regional peer institutions in several important categories, according to The Princeton Review. The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scored on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review tallied the scores based on institutional data it obtained from the school in 2011-12 and/or student survey data. For example, Misericordia received a higher academic rating than peer institutions received from their own students. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site at

“We’re pleased to recommend Misericordia University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,’’ said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review. “We chose Misericordia 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, plus 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 for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists,’’ added Franek.

The 222 colleges and universities that were chosen for the “Best in the Northeast’’ designation are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 153 colleges in the Midwest, 121 in the West and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales. Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year institutions of higher education.

For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.