Coker Once Again a Top School in the Southeast

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Aug. 8, 2013 – Coker College is again one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. Coker was one of 138 institutions listed in the “Best in the Southeast” section of the “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature. Only about 25 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included.

“Being named a top school in The Princeton Review again speaks directly to the dedication of our wonderful faculty, staff and, most importantly, our students,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “It is humbling yet satisfying to be amongst the top schools in the country. We pride ourselves on our round-table learning environment, and to have it recognized on a national level is truly inspiring.”

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

Coker distinguishes itself by maintaining a round-table, interactive learning environment where students are expected to participate in discussion. 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.”

From several hundred schools in each region of the country, The Princeton Review compiles its list based on institutional data collected directly from the colleges, visits to schools, input from college counselors and the opinions of The 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.

The 138 colleges in the Southeast region are from 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Only schools that permit The Princeton Review to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for the guide. More information on the The Princeton Review’s 2014 Best Colleges can be found here.

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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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