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September 17, 2019

Princeton Review Names La Roche a Best in the Northeast College

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 17, 2019 — According to The Princeton Review, La Roche University ranks among the nation’s best colleges in the Northeast.

The Princeton Review, a nationally renowned education services company, lists La Roche among its Best in the Northeast recommended schools in its 2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region website feature. For 16 consecutive years, The Princeton Review has ranked La Roche as one of the region’s best colleges for students to earn undergraduate degrees.

The feature is accessible at La Roche is one of 224 best colleges listed.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Howard J. Ishiyama, Ph.D., said, “Since 2005 La Roche University has been consistently ranked as a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review. This ranking confirms our commitment to creating an academically challenging environment that produces a community of scholars and lifelong learners.”

The Princeton Review selects best regional schools for academic excellence. Editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years and the perspectives of college counselors and advisers whose opinions the company solicits.

“We chose La Roche University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review, said. “We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review website.

The 224 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its Best in the Northeast 2020 list are located in 11 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 159 in the Midwest, 127 in the West, 142 in the Southeast and four in the International region as “best” in their locales on the company’s 2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region lists. Collectively the 656 colleges on The Princeton Review’s regional best lists for 2020 constitute about 22 percent of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.