Belmont Abbey College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends the school as one of 139 institutions in twelve Southeastern states it names to its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2015. The list is part of the Company’s website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” that posted on PrincetonReview.com on August 4, 2014.

In its profile on Belmont Abbey College , The Princeton Review commends the college for being “a small, Catholic, liberal arts college” that boasts a broad and “challenging” core curriculum and intimate classes, with faculty that really do care.” Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher, “We developed our “Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists to offer guidance for the growing number of students and parents now seeking colleges closer to home. We selected Belmont Abbey College– and the other terrific institutions on our ‘regional best’ lists — primarily for their excellent academic offerings.”

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The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the Company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the Company invites. Franek added, “Our selections also take into account what students at the schools report to us about their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. We ask every question that a prospective applicant might want to ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

“We are pleased to be recognized by the Princeton Review once again,” said Belmont Abbey College President Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “It’s especially pleasing to see the wonderful things our own students have said about us.”

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools 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. Student comments in the profile on Belmont Abbey College include:  “Unlike at large institutions, you can really get to know your teachers, and your teachers can really get to know you,” and the administration and the professors “are very capable and genuinely care.”

The 139 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2015 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 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 648 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. The Company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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About Belmont Abbey College
Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit

www.belmontabbeycollege.edu.

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Every year it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation, tutoring, and admissions services, its online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The Company delivers its services via a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A. and Canada, and through its international franchises in 14 other countries. The Company also partners directly with school districts and non-governmental organizations to provide students with college readiness services including college selection, test preparation, financial aid advice, and admissions support. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA.  For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com and www.facebook.com/ThePrincetonReview.  Follow the Company’s Twitter feed @ThePrincetonRev

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Media Contact for Belmont Abbey College: Rolando Rivas, rolandorivas@bac.edu, 704-898-3084.

Media Contacts for The Princeton Review: Kristen O’Toole, The Princeton Review, 888-347-7737 ext 1405 (kotoole@review.com) or Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350.

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