The Princeton Review Recommends Misericordia
MISERICORDIA GRADUATES’ RESEARCH RECOGNIZED-Recent Misericordia University biology graduates Rachel Bohn, Mountain Top, left, and Palmer Steiner, Millville, Pa., right, conducted cancer cell research as undergraduates with Frank DiPino, Jr., Ph. D., professor of biology, as part of the Summer Research Fellowship Program. The University received high marks from its students for academics, personal attention and campus life in an independent survey conducted by The Princeton Review.

Misericordia University has been recognized as one of the top colleges and universities in the northeastern United States, according to The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company.

Misericordia University is one of 228 institutions of higher education The Princeton Review has recommended in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature, “2017 Best Colleges Region by Region” that posted Monday, Aug. 29 on colleges are selected for the list based on their “excellent academics” and the results of a survey of students by The Princeton Review on their campus experiences as well as how they rated various aspects of their college life, according to the website.

“Since 1992 when we created this guide to the colleges we believe are the nation’s best, academically, our purpose has been twofold,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher and lead author of the book. “One: we want to shine light on these exceptional institutions –which represent only 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. Two: we work to give applicants considering them an incomparable amount of campus feedback to decide which college may be best for them. We base our 62 ranking lists entirely on what the colleges’ customers, their enrolled students, report to us on our surveys. As such, they provide unique insights into the campus cultures, aid offerings, services, and student body communities at these schools.

“In the end, it’s all about the fit,” Franek added.

The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of 143,000 students at several hundred colleges in each region regarding 84 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves.

In the Princeton Review profile, Misericordia University students describe their campus as “welcoming” and with “a good work/life balance.” They also refer to the university as “really community service oriented” where undergrads “have a great time serving others.” They also refer to the university’s inviting atmosphere that attracts a “friendly” and “very inclusive” student population, where “we have an unwritten rule that we hold the door open for someone even if they are 15 feet away.”

Misericordia students acknowledged the university’s highly respected programs in the health sciences, including medical imaging, sonography, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and solid offerings in business and teacher education. Undergrads are grateful that professors “really seem like they genuinely care about their students.” They also truly appreciate that professors “have (a lot of) experience in their field and bring so much outside information into the classroom that you really get a feel for what it will be like when you are working.” The students also said that the school’s modest size allows Misericordia to really “cater to each student’s needs.” One junior explained, “In the end, “Misericordia University is about receiving a top-notch education while providing endless opportunities to grow.”

Misericordia University received significantly higher academic and quality-of-life ratings than numerous peer institutions received from their own students, according to The Princeton Review. The ratings appear on the school profiles, and are scored on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review tallied the scores based on institutional data it obtained from the school and/or student survey data. Misericordia received the following rating scores: Professors interesting rating, 92; professors accessibility rating, 83; admissions selectivity, 81, and quality of life, 78. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for the rating’s scores and selection to the rankings on its site at