Seton Hill University is the only Westmoreland County university to be named to the Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern Colleges 2010 edition.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president of publishing, said, “We chose Seton Hill University… as our ‘regional best college’ primarily for the excellent academic program.”

Colleges and universities were rated on a scale of 60-99. The ratings categories and scores Seton Hill received include: Academics-76, Admissions Selectivity-82, Financial Aid-75, and Quality of Life-70.

Regarding the Academics category, student comments to the Princeton Review included, “[Seton Hill has] a great liberal arts curriculum with a variety of majors,” “professors are dedicated and easily approachable,” “classes are intimate and challenging,” “a great physician assistant program,” and “there are plenty of academically oriented, focused students at Seton Hill.”

“Seton Hill is pleased to be recognized by the Princeton Review. The University has always offered a high quality liberal arts education for students in an historic setting. We are especially pleased that the University’s physician assistant program was recognized. For the third consecutive year, the program’s first-time pass rate for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) is at least 96 percent,” said JoAnne Boyle, president of Seton Hill University.

The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books, and college and graduate school admission services. Its corporate headquarters is in Framingham, Mass., and editorial offices are in New York, N.Y. The Best Northeastern Colleges-2010 Edition is the sixth edition of the book and part of a line of 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House.