Best Midwestern College again

Aug 4, 2011

The students have spoken -- student surveys collected by The Princeton Review have designated Kettering as a "Best Midwestern College" again, sharing the select honor with Big 10 universities and elite small colleges from the region.

Kettering University has once again been ranked as a “Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review.

Kettering is one of 153 institutions receiving the Best in the Midwest designation in The Princeton Review’s 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.  Kettering has been on the select list each year since 2004.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president - publisher, said, this year’s selections focused on academic quality.  “We selected these colleges and universities primarily for their excellent academic programs.  We also took into account what students attending the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey,” he added.

Kettering sophomore Matthew White of Pittsburgh was pleased to hear about the select Midwest ranking.  "It comes as no surprise to me that Kettering is consistently recognized as a top school,” the Computer Engineering major said.  “The academic program is engaging and thorough, but the co-op program is what really stands out. Everything you learn in your classes has the chance to be applied on the job. The experience is second to none." 

On The Princeton Review website, students said:

  • Kettering is "one of the best engineering schools in the country … that allows you to gain real job experience as a part of the curriculum." 
  • “Kettering puts you ahead of your peers and prepares you for the real world." 
  • Kettering University is, "one of the best engineering schools in the country," and an, "unique cooperative education program that allows you to gain real job experience as a part of the curriculum."

The Princeton Review asks students to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food.  The rating categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life and a Green rating.  Read more.

This year’s 153 Best Midwest colleges are in 12 states.  Other Best in the Midwest institutions include Michigan State, University of Michigan, Calvin, Hope and Kalamazoo colleges, and Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve.

Nationally, The Princeton Review designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 121 in the West, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.  Collectively, the 629 colleges constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

About Kettering University

Located in Flint, Mich., Kettering University is the country's premier engineering, science and business university dedicated to co-op education and a national leader in preparing entrepreneurs and innovators.  More information.

Written by Patricia Mroczek