Westminster College has once again been named One of the Best Colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review, the nationally known education services company that ranks higher education institutions annually through a detailed assessment process and publishes their findings.
"We're pleased to recommend Westminster College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree," says Robert Franek, Senior Vice President of Publishing for The Princeton Review. "We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs."
What it takes to be named one of the Best in the Midwest
Schools selected for this prestigious honor are rated by academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, and environmental awareness. Other factors in selection include institutional data provided by the school, visits to schools under consideration, staff opinions and recommendations of school counselors.
"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," says Franek. "Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
What students say about Westminster
Westminster students surveyed said they liked the "small campus that creates a very tight-knit community," the student-faculty ratio, excellent academic standards, and say the professors are the "cream of the crop" and "no where else are teachers as helpful and accessible…" They say they feel safe on campus and "there is always something to do no matter who you are or what you like."
One student summarized life at Westminster by saying: "As I walked around campus, I felt at home. Westminster is more than just a school; it's a home and community. It wasn't just a place to go get an education, but rather a place to learn to grow up."
The 152 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The assessment team also designated best colleges in the regions of Northeast, West, and Southeast. Collectively, 623 colleges were named best in their individual regions this year, comprising approximately 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
Information on Westminster and other Best in the Midwest Colleges may be found on The Princeton Review's website feature "2011 Best Colleges Region by Region" on its site at http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.