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University of Southern Maine Named One of The Princeton Review’s "Best in the Northeast"

The University of Southern Maine is one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 220 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 1, 2011 on

"We are very pleased that USM has again been named a ‘Best in the Northeast’ college,” said USM Dean of Undergraduate Admission Scott Steinberg. “These colleges are chosen mainly for their excellent academic programs, based on information The Princeton Review gathers from institutional data, school visits, plus feedback from current students and college counselors.  USM is proud to be considered among these ‘best’ colleges."

Student comments on The Princeton Review’s USM profile include "The Gorham campus is where the dorms are," and it offers a more “traditional undergrad experience," and "there are constantly events being held." "The performing arts community is huge and fun." Students also commented about the diversity of USM’s student body, saying, "Every class is a mix of fresh-faced dorm dwellers, nerdy brains, arty alternakids, returning veterans, nontraditional adult students," and international students.

Only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are chosen for The Princeton Review’s "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region." The 220 colleges chosen for its "Best in the Northeast" list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia.   The Princeton Review also has Best Colleges lists for the Midwest, West, and Southeast.

The University of Southern Maine offers its nearly 10,000 students more than 115 areas of undergraduate and graduate study. USM's location in southern Maine, a region cited as one of the most livable in the country, offers a range of educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Media contacts for The Princeton Review are Joseph Lovino, 888-865-7737 ext. 5678 or Jeanne Krier, 212-539-1350.