Best Midwestern College

Aug 25, 2006

"The Princeton Review" has once again declared that Kettering University is a "Best Midwestern College."

Kettering University is on a roll! It was named one of "America's Best Colleges" by "U.S. News and World Report" last week. And now "The Princeton Review" has ranked Kettering University as a "Best Midwestern College" for the fourth year in a row.

"This recognition is important because the publication heavily relies on student input in determining its choices," said Kettering President Stan Liberty. "We appreciate being endorsed as one of the top engineering institutions, especially since this recognition focuses on the educational environment we have created," Liberty said. "I credit Kettering's unique model of co-op education and congratulate our campus community for the excellence they bring to the Kettering experience," he added.

Robert Franek, publisher and editorial director at "The Princeton Review," said this year's student opinion data was from a total of 656 schools and is featured on the Best Colleges: Region by Region section of PrincetonReview.com. "Kettering University is one of 163 schools on the site receiving our Best in the Midwest designation. We believe these schools uphold the standards of our Best Midwestern College distinction and provide students with a wide breadth of excellent schools to consider."

For Kettering student Rebecca Lee, the rankings offer a tangible credibility to her educational experience. "I look at it this way," said the senior from Eaton, Ohio, who is majoring in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. "I'm going to graduate from the #1 school in my field and I've been taught by top faculty, beginning as a freshman. That is very helpful information at my co-op job. I think this is great."

Other Michigan schools on the "Best Midwest" list include:
Albion College
Alma College
Eastern Michigan University
Grand Valley State University
Michigan State University
Michigan Tech University
University of Michigan - Flint
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

The Selection Process
According to "The Princeton Review," any sort of mathematical calculation or formula was avoided. "For each region, we aim to provide an inclusive mix of colleges: large and small, public and private, all-male and all-female, historically black colleges and universities, science and technology-focused institutions, nontraditional colleges, highly selective and those with virtually open-door admissions, great buys and the wildly expensive. Though not every college included will appeal to every student, all are institutions well worth considering.

"Each college we chose this year had to meet two criteria. First they had to meet our standards for academic excellence within their region. And second, we had to be able to survey their students anonymously, either through our online survey or through our paper survey, which we distribution and college during an on-campus visit. "The Best of Colleges: Region by Region" is a starting point, a tool that can help you to probe the surface and get a sense of the college experience at a particular school. You must also, of course, do your own investigation, refer to other sources, visit the campuses, and develop your own list of best colleges for you. Only then will this feature be the useful tool that it is intended to be."

Written by Patricia Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu