Appalachian named one of the ‘Best in the Southeast’

Appalachian named one of the ‘Best in the Southeast’

Nicole Caporaso

Appalachian State University was recently named on the Princeton Review’s list of “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

One of 648 universities picked, Appalachian is included on the “Best in the Southeast” category of the list.

According to, the Princeton Review assessed schools based on two criteria: Academic excellence and the results of student surveys.

Independent surveys were administered online to students attending the schools.

One of the goals of the Princeton Review in creating this list, according to their website, is to create a list that is diverse, including a mix of large and small schools, private and public, men’s and women’s colleges and historically black colleges and universities.

Chancellor Sheri Noren Everts said she believes Appalachian has consistently made multiple Princeton Review lists in recent years because of the university’s focus on high quality undergraduate education.

“This includes services for students and academic programs with outstanding faculty,” Everts said. “Our campus is high touch and students are able to engage in many ways. The curricular and co-curricular collaborations offer students a chance to learn in the classroom and then apply their learning in real-world experiences.”

Hank Foreman, the senior associate vice chancellor of university advancement, said Appalachian is very proud to be listed in the 25 percent of four-year colleges that made the list.

“While Appalachian was selected primarily for our excellent academic programs, it is important to note that editors took into account the student voice when evaluating colleges,” Foreman said. “The transformational nature of the Appalachian experience, as told by the student voice, is an especially valued point of pride.”

The schools are not ranked numerically within their designated region.

Other North Carolina schools listed include Campbell University, Duke University, East Carolina University, Elon University, North Carolina State University, and the Universities of North Carolina at Asheville, Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Pembroke.

Story: Nicole Caporaso, News Reporter