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 226 institutions of higher education The Princeton Review has recommended in its “Best in the Northeast’’ section of its website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted Aug. 6 on The Princeton Review profile describes Misericordia University as “a close-knit school” where “people say hello even if you do not know them.” It also refers to the university’s modest size as providing the opportunity to really “cater to each student’s needs.”   

MU students 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. 

The review also states that MU undergraduates believe that the Catholic university holds true to its tenets of mercy, service, justice and hospitality, and they are grateful that professors “genuinely care about their students.” 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.

“We are happy to know that The Princeton Review and our students agree that at Misericordia, we make it our mission to help our students succeed,” said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “Students in our health care programs enjoy considerable success, with over ninety percent of medical imaging, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and nursing students passing their certification tests on the first attempt. This success carries through to our other degree programs as well, with students excelling in the liberal arts and sciences, business, and education.”

            Misericordia University received a significantly higher academic rating than peer institutions received from their own students, 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 2012-13 and/or student survey data. 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 its 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 226 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 155 colleges in the Midwest, 124 in the West and 138 in the Southeast as best in their locales. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year institutions of higher education.