The Princeton Review has named The University of Southern Maine as one of the best colleges in the region.

On Aug. 1, posted a list of 220 institutions as “Best in the Northeast.” The review’s profile includes comments from students at USM, which offers more than 115 areas of undergraduate and graduate study.

About 25 percent of the four-year colleges in the country are chosen for the Princeton Review’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The Northeast region includes Maine, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia.

“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 Dean of Undergraduate Admission Scott Steinberg said in a media release today from the university.