Princeton “best” ranking latest recognition of Merrimack success

The Princeton Review has named Merrimack among the “Best of the Northeast” in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

“We chose Merrimack and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review.

The review includes ratings for academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, safety, quality of life, and environmental friendliness.

The Princeton Review plaudit is the latest recognition of Merrimack over recent months, including:

Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each reason, as well as staff visits to colleges and the input of college counselors and advisors.

“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added. The survey asked students to rate their colleges on several issues —from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.

The “very satisfying” academic experience offered at Merrimack is only enhanced by accessible professors “who genuinely care and give more to the students than needed … Their office doors are always open,” The Princeton Review said in quoting an unnamed student.

One impressed freshman noted, “The professors here at Merrimack are so passionate about the topic they teach, their passion rubs off on students and motivates them.” Importantly, they “work with you to examine your future goals and guide you on the right path.”

Additionally, undergrads applauded the “intimate classroom sizes,” top-of-the-line “interactive classrooms,” and “hands-on experience opportunities.”