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Bruce Wald, Information Writer

Posted on August 5, 2010

For the sixth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named California University of Pennsylvania one of the best colleges and universities in the northeastern United States.

The education services company selected Cal U as one of the 218 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature "2011 Best Colleges: Region By Region," posted at

It also profiles the school in its book, The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition, available Aug. 10 from Random House/Princeton Review Books.

In a two-page profile on Cal U, The Princeton Review notes the university's "state of the art" classrooms and "variety of majors."

The profile also says students at Cal U enjoy a "very beautiful campus" with "many new buildings and facilities." There are "tons and tons of clubs" and one student said the suite-style residence halls "are the best I've ever seen."

Colleges designated as "best" were chosen primarily for their excellent academic programs, according to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's vice president for publishing. Schools were selected based on data collected at hundreds of institutions, visits to schools and the opinions of independent and high-school based college advisers who are invited to share them.

"We also took into account what students attending the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our student survey for this project," Franek said.

The 218 "Best Northeastern Colleges" are located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia.