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Bridgewater named one of best schools in South

Item by Mary K. Heatwole

Bridgewater College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review.

The New York City-based education services company selected Bridgewater as one of 139 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section on its website feature, 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

In the profile on Bridgewater at, the College is described as one concerned with “personally developing students in every aspect of life and making each individual physically, academically, socially, and mentally fit for the real world.”

Robert Franek, vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review, commended Bridgewater and all the schools named as ‘regional best’ colleges.

“We selected them based on the institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high-school-based college advisers whose recommendations we invite,” he said.

Franek said The Princeton Review also takes into account what each school’s students report about their campus experiences. Students at Bridgewater, for example, were surveyed on a range of issues from accessibility of professors to quality of campus food.

Some student comments quoted in the profile on Bridgewater include, “You know you’re getting your money’s worth,” and “I’ve never been turned away from a professor’s office; they always make time for their students and advisees.”

The 139 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Bridgewater College, a private, four-year liberal arts college, enrolls more than 1,500 students. Founded in 1880 and located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it was the state’s first private, coeducational senior college.

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