Belmont University is one of 142 colleges listed and featured in the “Best in the Southeast” section of the Princeton Review’s 2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
The website feature salutes a total of 656 colleges that The Princeton Review recommends over five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International. The colleges that made the “Best in the Southeast” list are located in twelve Southeastern states.
In its website profile, The Princeton Review describes Belmont as a place where “students, faculty and staff are consistently challenged to look at the hardest circumstances and ask, “What can we do?” and are encouraged to engage and transform the world, locally and globally.” The profile also commends Belmont for “bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.”
“We chose Belmont and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. He noted that the company considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits. “We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” Franek added.
The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on website.
The Princeton Review school profiles include ratings in three categories from “Admissions Selectivity” to “Green.” The ratings are scores from 60 to 99 that the company tallies primarily from institutional data: some ratings factor in student survey data. Among Belmont’s Princeton Review ratings are scores of 86 for its Green rating and 84 for its Quality of Life rating.
The 142 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2020 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 224 colleges in the Northeast, 159 in the Midwest, 127 in the West, and 4 in the International region as “best” in their locales. Collectively, the 656 colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists for 2020 constitute about 22% of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep, books and other student resources. Headquartered in New York, NY, it is not affiliated with Princeton University.