"Best Midwestern College"

Jul 31, 2008

Kettering University has once again been ranked as a "Best Midwestern College" by "The Princeton Review." The University has consistently been on the select list since 2004.

Sometimes the toll of “same old, same old” has a nice ring to it.  Kettering University is again listed as a “Best Midwestern College” by “The Princeton Review.” Kettering is one of 159 universities receiving the Best in the Midwest designation in the 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region school selections.  Kettering has consistently been part of the select list since 2004.  

Robert Franek, the publisher andeditorialdirector of "The Princeton Review," said this recognition is important because it relies heavily on student input.  “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,” he said.

Student Monica Denis, a senior from Clarkston, said this annual ranking helps students tell the Kettering story a little better.  "It is much easier to say Kettering is a great school when you have an outside source saying it too," she explained.  "This survey reinforces just how good this university is."

See the current Ketteringlisting at: http://www.princetonreview.com/schools/college/CollegeBasics.aspx?iid=1023080&uidbadge=%07

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.

Other Midwest schools on the regional list include:

Ball State University (Indiana)
Bradley University (Illinois)
Denison University (Ohio)
Indiana University (Indiana)
Iowa State University (Iowa)
Kenyon College (Ohio)
Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wisconsin)
University of Cincinnati (Ohio).

Frankel said the publication selected 630 schools for its Best Colleges: Region by Region section (http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx).  The list includes 212 colleges in the Northeast, 139 in the Southeast, 159 in theMidwest, and 120 in the West. 

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 recommends 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.

For more on the "Best Midwestern Colleges," visit: www.princetonreview.com

Written by Patricia Mroczek