FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College was recently highlighted as one of the country's best colleges by a national education services company.
The Princeton Review, widely known for its test preparation programs and college and graduate school guides, profiled Hood in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2014 Best Northeastern Colleges: Region by Region."
Colleges in 11 states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont—and the District of Columbia were considered by the Princeton Review. Similar selections were made for the Midwest, West and Southeast regions. Collectively, the 643 colleges named "regional bests" constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
Schools were chosen for their excellent academic programs. The selections were based on institutional data collected directly from the schools, Princeton Review staff visits to schools, and recommendations by college counselors and advisers. In addition, the Princeton Review factored in ratings by students attending the schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—as well as their answers to questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.