BRADFORD, Pa. — For the 18th consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford was named one of the 223 Best Northeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review.
“It is always great to have our work recognized, and to be recognized for the 18th year is a testament to the sustained quality of education at Pitt-Bradford,” said Richard Esch, interim president of the university.
“We’re particularly pleased with our high score in the area of financial aid because we were founded to give students a chance to go to college who might not have otherwise 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 223 northeastern colleges on its “2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature posted on PrincetonReview.com.
Princeton Review determines its ratings based on a survey of 143,000 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 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.”
“Life at school is always entertaining,” one student wrote. “People are always out and about playing pick-up games of football, sand volleyball, soccer and basketball.… For fun, people mainly hang out together.”
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 freshman total need-based aid is $14,904.
Pitt-Bradford received a score of 86 in admissions, 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 51%. Of its incoming first-year students, three-quarters of them had a high school GPA of at least 3.0, and 22% 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, Pitt-Bradford was also recognized by Washington Monthly Magazine.