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West Michigan colleges rank among Princeton Review's 'best' in nation

August 8, 2013
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Several West Michigan colleges rank among the best in the nation and Midwest after The Princeton Review’s annual study of more than 2,000 schools.

The ratings are compiled in the newly released book “The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition” by The Princeton Review.

“The Best 378 Colleges”

Seven Michigan colleges rank nationally.

Albion College
Calvin College
Hillsdale College
Kalamazoo College
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

“Best in the Midwest”

Fifteen of the 156 schools that rank in the “Best in the Midwest” section are Michigan colleges.

The Princeton Review said about 25 percent of the nation’s colleges are selected to one of the regional lists.

Albion College
Alma College
Calvin College
Eastern Michigan University
Grand Valley State University
Hillsdale College
Hope College
Kalamazoo College
Kettering University
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Michigan, Flint
Western Michigan University

In addition to overall rankings, The Princeton Review released 62 additional rankings for several broad categories: students study the most, most accessible professors, best-run colleges, best career services, party schools, stone-cold-sober schools, happiest students, best campus food, best quality of life and lots of beer.

Methodology

Schools were selected primarily for their excellent academic programs.

Student feedback from individual student surveys was also considered.

The student surveys asked students to rate their own schools on several issues, from accessibility of professors to the quality of food on campus and answer questions about their experiences and campus life.

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