Princeton Review names WMU to 'Best Midwestern Colleges' list

Contact: Deanne Puca

WMU makes Princeton Review list.

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University has once again been named one of the "Best Midwestern Colleges" by the Princeton Review. This is the eighth year the University has been honored with that designation, which was made to 153 schools in 12 states. The list is compiled using institutional data, visits to schools and the opinions of college counselors and advisors. An important element of the selection process is an 80-question student survey.

"We're pleased to recommend Western Michigan University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher.

"From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists," he adds.

The project asks students to rate their school on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on the Princeton Review site. The profiles also have a "Survey Says" list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement.

WMU was one of only 15 public and private schools chosen in Michigan for the list that also included Michigan State University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint and Kalamazoo College.

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