The Princeton Review has named The University of Findlay one of the nation’s best four-year Midwestern colleges for its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list.
Results can be found at www.princetonreview.com.
The Midwestern list from the well-known education services company includes 159 schools from 12 Midwestern states. Nationally, 649 were recognized.
“We chose The University of Findlay and other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. Editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.
“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added. “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections,” he said.
The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – 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. Some students commented that UF has a “homey” vibe, and that it provides valuable individualized attention. “The University of Findlay is about providing a personal learning experience for each and every student, and providing them with the knowledge and experiences they will need in order to have a successful career,” one student stated in the survey.
Specific ratings also reflect well on UF. On a scale from 60-99, the University scored 84 for admission selectivity, 76 in the academics category and 79 in the tuition/aid section.
The Princeton Review also scores the schools on its “Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists in six categories. The scores – which are ratings on a scale of 60 to 99 – appear on the school profiles. They are tallied primarily from institutional data the company obtained from the colleges. Some also factor in student survey data. UF received ratings of 79 for academics, 84 for admissions, 79 for financial aid and 80 for quality of life.
Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 649 colleges, either overall, by region, or in various categories. However, some schools on the “regional best” lists that also appear in The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition, appear on some of the company’s 62 ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” that are published in that book. All of those ranking lists are based entirely on the company’s surveys of students at the 380 schools in the book.
The 159 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” 2016 list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West, and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.