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Vanguard University Named “A Best in the West” College by The Princeton Review

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Vanguard University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 1, 2011 on PrincetonReview.com.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Vanguard University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree.  We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.   From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.  We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project.   Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

“Vanguard is honored to be selected for the fourth year in a row by The Princeton Review. We have outstanding faculty who are experts in their fields who receive recognition and honors for their excellence. And, our student satisfaction and retention continue to improve. It’s an exciting time at Vanguard,” says Kim Johnson, interim vice president for enrollment management.

The 121 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.   Collectively, the 629 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools 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.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 629 colleges in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories.   However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book.  They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 376 schools in the book.

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University (www.vanguard.edu) is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard #9 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2010 rankings of colleges and universities.  The Princeton Review named VU “A Best in the West” college for 2011 and 2012.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.

The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu). Penn Foster creates the platform to leverage the company’s Career Education Partnerships division with the National Labor College (NLC). This venture was formed to bring high-quality bachelor degree completion and certificate programs to the AFL-CIO’s 13 million members and the working adults in their families. For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com.

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