Students enjoy the annual Convocation Carnival Sunday evening at Pitt-Bradford. (Photo by Alan Hancock)

Pitt-Bradford Named to The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” List for 19th Year

September 4, 2022

BRADFORD, Pa. — For the 19th consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford was named one of the Best in the Northeast by The Princeton Review.

“It is always great to have our work recognized, and to be recognized for a 19th year is a testament to the sustained quality of education at Pitt-Bradford,” said Rick Esch, president of the university.

“We are particularly pleased with our high score in financial aid because we were founded to give students a chance to go to college who otherwise might not have had the opportunity. We continue that tradition today, and generous financial aid is one of the ways we do it.”

The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, recommends Pitt-Bradford as one of 665 colleges across five regions on its “2023 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature posted on

The Princeton Review determines its ratings based on a survey of 160,000 students, who answer 85 questions about their school’s academics, administration, and campus community.

According to student surveys, Pitt-Bradford has “the small town feel with the big city name” and “a friendly environment that encourages students to stay.”

One student reports that “Professors recognize when students try and reward them appropriately. No good deed goes unnoticed.” Other students wrote that the teaching methods are “interactive” and that students feel that they are “a part of the learning rather than just a fly on the wall.”

When addressing campus life, the students said Pitt-Bradford is a warm, friendly place where it’s easy to make friends and get to know each other.

“At Pitt-Bradford, you are a person with a name, a face, and people are going to know you; you’re not just a number,” one student said.

Another student said, “All students here need to do is say ‘hi’ to another student, and you can be instant friends.”

The Princeton Review also rates colleges and universities in seven categories, from academics to green initiatives, on a scale from 60 to 99. The ratings are tallied primarily from institutional data though some ratings also factor in student survey data. Pitt-Bradford’s top marks were in financial aid, admissions selectivity, and fire safety.

Pitt-Bradford received a score of 89 in financial aid, which measures how much financial aid is awarded and how satisfied students are with that aid. The average first-year total need-based aid is $14,499

Pitt-Bradford received a score of 86 in admissions selectivity, which rates how competitive admissions are and is determined by many factors, including high school GPA for entering first-year students. Pitt-Bradford’s acceptance rate is 76%. Of its incoming first-year students, 72% had a high school GPA of at least 3.0, and a quarter had a GPA greater than 3.75.

Pitt-Bradford received a score of 94 in fire safety, which measures how well prepared a school is to prevent and respond to campus fires.

Earlier this week, Washington Monthly Magazine recognized Pitt-Bradford as a “Best Bang for the Buck” and a leader in social mobility

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