Best in the Midwest!

Aug 4, 2010

Kettering is among the "Best in the Midwest" again! Kettering has been on the select Princeton Review list continuously since 2004.

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

Kettering is one of 152 institutions receiving the Best in the Midwest designation in the 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region school selections.  Kettering has consistently been on the select list since 2004.

Kettering freshman Hayley Schuller of Sterling Heights said she knows why Kettering stayed on the recognition list.  “It has to be the teachers,” the Mechanical Engineering major said.  “You can talk to the professors whenever you need them and they know your name,” she said.  “It gives Kettering a homey feel, plus there is always something to do with so many clubs.  Kettering definitely deserves to be on this list,” she added.

Kettering senior Isaac Meadows of Longview, Texas agreed.  “It’s good to see that Kettering continues to stand out!   I believe that Kettering's unique co-op program and nationally ranked academics will continue to make it a school of choice for future leaders in business, science and industry,” the Computer Engineering major added.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president - Publishing, said, "We are pleased to recommend Kettering to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees.  We chose it and the other terrific institutions we named as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

Franek explained that Princeton Review began with hundreds of schools in each region and then “winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisers whose recommendations we invite.”  He noted that Princeton Review also takes into account what students at the schools reported about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey for the project.  “Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional best lists,” he continued.

The 152 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year’s "Best in the Midwest" designations are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its site.

Collectively, the 623 colleges named to the regional honors constitute about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, the Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

The rating categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life and a Green rating.

The Princeton Review is headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City.

Located in Flint, Mich., Kettering University is the country's most advanced professional cooperative education program and a national leader in preparing innovators and entrepreneurs.  For more on Kettering University, visit

Written by Patricia Mroczek and Princeton Review sources