WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming College has been recognized as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected Lycoming as one of 218 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Northeast" section on its Web site feature 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region that was recently posted on www.PrincetonReview.com. It also profiles the college in its book, "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2010 Edition."

"We chose Lycoming and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president for publishing. "We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale. We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school's customers - their students - report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey."

The 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" Web site designations and "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book 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. A total of 640 colleges were named "regional best(s)," which represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region or in its "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book. Unlike The Princeton Review's annual college guide "The Best 371 Colleges," "The Best Northeastern Colleges" book does not have ranking lists based on student surveys.

The Princeton Review, based in New York City, is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books, and college and graduate school admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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