Best Midwestern College

Aug 24, 2007

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

Two weeks - two national rankings! "The Princeton Review" has ranked Kettering University as a "Best Midwestern College."

Best Midwestern CollegeThe award designation, announced this week, is the second top ranking in two weeks. Last week, Kettering University was named one of "America's Best Colleges" for the eighth year in a row by "U.S. News & World Report." "The Princeton Review" has ranked Kettering as a "Best Midwestern College" consistently since the publication's founding in 2004.

Robert Franek, the publisher and editorial director of "The Princeton Review," said this recognition is important because it relies heavily on student input. This year's student opinion data was from a total of 654 schools, Franek said, and is featured on the Best Colleges: Region by Region section of "We commend these institutions for their excellent academics and we believe our choices offer applicants and their parents a wide range of fine schools to consider applying to," Franek explained. "Kettering University is one of 161 schools on the site receiving our Best in the Midwest designation," he added.

Kettering senior Joel Stone, a Management major from Bloomington, Ill., said he thinks college rankings are "reflective of how we feel about the college." Stone's co-op is at Grupo Antolin, a tier-1 automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, Mich. "We all think this is a great school and a great place to be," Stone said. "There are some issues on campus but they aren't show stoppers, and they aren't things that will stop our ability to grow in the future."

Stone doesn't think that national rankings attract students to a campus. "But I do think it's how you choose one school over another," he explained. "Kettering deserves to be recognized as one of the top universities in the country because of the quality of our students and the quality of our academic programs. Rankings represent our potential growth in the sustainable future," he added.

Other Michigan schools on the "Best Midwest" list are:

  • Albion College
  • Alma College
  • Calvin College
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Hope College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kettering University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Tech University
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Flint and
  • Western Michigan University.

The Selection Process
According to "The Princeton Review," mathematical calculations are avoided during the selection process. "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.

Colleges meet two criteria. First they had to meet standards for academic excellence within their region. And second, Princeton Review had to be able to survey their students anonymously, either through an online survey or through a paper survey distributed and collected on campus. "The Best of Colleges: Region by Region" is a starting point, a tool to probe the surface and get a sense of the college experience at a particular school. The staff at the Princeton Review recommend that students and their families conduct their own college search, refer to other sources, visit the campuses, and develop a list of best colleges for each individual student.

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Written by Patricia Mroczek
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