Coker Named a Best College in the Southeast

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Aug. 27, 2012 – Coker College is one of the best colleges in the southeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.

Coker is featured in the 2013 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 377 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide.

In its profile on Coker, Princeton Review quotes students who report that getting an education at Coker College is “an extremely positive, nurturing experience.” Students also note that the academic experience is characterized by “small classes with lots of individual time with teachers outside (and sometimes inside) class.”

While small, discussion-based classes can translate into increased accountability, struggling students also told the editors that “professors are always more than willing to make appointments, or you can just see them around campus and ask them questions.”

“It’s gratifying to know that Coker students recognize the implicit value in the challenges of rigorous debate and discussions in a small class setting,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt.

“When national editors at Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and, earlier this year, at Colleges of Distinction, take note of programs that are committed to academic excellence – in our case, calling attention to the extraordinary achievements of Coker College’s students, faculty and staff – they shine a light not only on the good work that is taking place on Coker’s campus, but they call attention to the vital role of education in our communities and in our nation’s future,” Wyatt said.

From several hundred schools in each region of the country, the company winnows its list based on institutional data collected directly from the colleges, visits to schools over the years, input from college counselors and the opinions of Princeton Review’s staff.

In addition, the firm considers and publishes information provided directly from current students via an 80-question student survey. The survey 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.

“We’re pleased to recommend Coker College 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,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher.

Only schools that permit Princeton Review to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for guide.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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