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The Princeton Review recommends Misericordia University
Posted 08/10/2017 02:19PM

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

Cari M. Tellis, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P., associate professor of speech-language pathology, collaborates with student researcher Danielle Spagnuolo '19 on a groundbreaking study on blood flow in the brain and the impact on voice and speech fluency. The University received high marks from its students for academics, personal attention and campus life in an independent survey conducted by The Princeton Review.

Misericordia University is one of 229 institutions of higher education The Princeton Review has recommended in its "Best Northeastern" section of its website feature, "2018 Best Colleges Region by Region" that posted Monday, July 31 on The colleges are selected for the list based on their "excellent academics" and the results of a survey of students by The Princeton Review on their campus experiences as well as how they rated various aspects of their college life, according to the website.

"We know applicants need far more than an academic rating or ranking to find the college that will be best for them," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and lead author of the book. "They (the lists) are based entirely on data we gather beyond academics that gives insight into what the schools' enrolled students say about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture and student life.

"In the end, it's all about the fit," Franek added.

The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of 137,000 students regarding 84 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body and themselves.

In the Princeton Review profile, Misericordia University students refer to the university's inviting atmosphere as one that attracts a "friendly" and "very inclusive" student population. They describe their campus as "welcoming" and with "a good work/life balance." They also refer to the university as "really community service oriented" where undergrads "have a great time serving others."

Misericordia students acknowledged the university's highly respected programs in the health sciences, including medical imaging, sonography, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and solid offerings in business and teacher education. Undergrads are grateful that professors "really seem like they genuinely care about their students." They also truly appreciate that professors "have (a lot of) experience in their field and bring so much outside information into the classroom that you really get a feel for what it will be like when you are working."

The students also said that the school's modest size allows Misericordia to really "cater to each student's needs." One junior explained, "In the end, Misericordia University is about receiving a top-notch education while providing endless opportunities to grow."

"As a campus where all are welcome, we are happy to have our students applaud our friendly and supportive atmosphere and recognize the dedication, academic expertise and nurturing nature of our faculty and staff," said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. "At Misericordia, we prepare our students to be leaders in the classroom, in their communities, and in service to others."

Misericordia University received significantly higher academic and quality-of-life ratings than numerous peer institutions, according to The Princeton Review. The ratings appear on the school profiles and are scored on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review tallied the scores based on institutional data it obtained from the school and/or student survey data. Misericordia received the following rating scores: Professors interesting rating, 92; professors accessibility rating, 83; admissions selectivity, 80, and quality of life, 78. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for the rating's scores and selection to the rankings on its site at

The Princeton Review also designated 158 colleges in the Midwest, 127 in the West, and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other college admissions services. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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