The Princeton Review has once again included the University of Lynchburg on its annual list of best colleges nationwide. Lynchburg is included on the website’s “The 388 Best Colleges” list, which includes colleges and universities across the U.S.
It’s also featured among the 143 best “Southeastern Colleges” and was ranked 15th on the “Best Student Support and Counseling Services” list.
To President Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, that’s no surprise.
“The University of Lynchburg offers students an amazing experience,” she said. “Through our small classes, one-on-one research with faculty, internships and study abroad, and a wealth of leadership opportunities on campus and beyond, we set students up for success.
“When they graduate, they land impressive jobs and grad school acceptances — but more importantly, they go out and change lives.”
The Princeton Review, an education services company, selects institutions for “The Best 388 Colleges” based on data from the institution and students’ responses to surveys.
In this year’s survey, students praised Lynchburg for, among other things, an “academic environment [that] is the perfect level of challenge and excitement” and how easy it is to connect with professors outside of class.
One nursing student described faculty as “caring, compassionate, and experienced” educators who “go above and beyond for us each day to make us the best nurses possible.”
Another student wrote, “I wasn’t very successful academically in high school, but have done extremely well in college. I would attribute that to the professors, who offer plenty of office hours to get in contact with them, as well as most classes having a class tutor with weekly study sessions to help you along with the class.”
Vice President for Student Development Eric Baldwin was pleased with the students’ assessments.
“Our community is one that meets students where they are on their academic journey,” Baldwin said. “We are the right size to see students as individuals. There isn’t a one-size-fits-most mentality in academics or cocurricular activities.
“The secret is faculty, staff, and administrators are engaged. This encourages students to be engaged. We focus on opening access, tearing down barriers, and promoting an education experience where students holistically thrive.
“The proof of our success is hearing our students tell their stories of how they are succeeding, overcoming challenges, and becoming people who change the world.”
Visit the Princeton Review’s website to view Lynchburg’s profile.