Xavier Named "Best in Midwest" by Princeton Review

Also featured in National Princeton Review College Guide for 7th Straight Year | August 3, 2010

Xavier University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Xavier is one of 152 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that was posted August 2, 2010 on PrincetonReview.com.

Additionally, the education services company features the University in the new 2011 edition of its popular guidebook, “The Best 373 Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review, August 3, 2010, $22.99). This is the seventh year in a row Xavier has been featured in this guide.

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship annual college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publishing, “We’re pleased to recommend Xavier 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. 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.”

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. Collectively, the 623 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

In the national college guide, The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 373 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of “top 20” colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on its survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on the Princeton Review’s opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body’s political leanings, race/class relations, LGBT community acceptance, and other aspects of campus life.

The schools in “The Best 373 Colleges” also have ratings that The Princeton Review collected tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2009-10 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 tallied in eight categories. Among them are ratings for Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green.

The Princeton Review posts the school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 373 Colleges” on its site www.PrincetonReview.com at which users can read FAQs about the book, the survey, and the criteria for each of the ratings and rankings.

“The Best 373 Colleges” is the 19th edition of The Princeton Review's annual “best colleges” book. It is one of about 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes the annual guides, “The Complete Book of Colleges” and “The Best Northeastern Colleges.” The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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