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Colleges rank among 'best' in US

September 8, 2016
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A pair of colleges in the region and several other Michigan schools appear in The Princeton Review’s guidebook of “The Best 381 Colleges.”

Calvin College and Kalamazoo College rank as two of the nation’s top schools in the 2017 edition, along with four other colleges in the state: Michigan Technological University; Hillsdale College; Albion College; and the University of Michigan.

The top 381 schools are listed alphabetically.

Sub-rankings

The colleges were also considered for 62 sub-categories, which rank schools from one to 20.

Calvin College is featured as one of the Best Midwestern Schools and appears in several sub-rankings: “Best Athletic Facilities” (No. 14); “Best Health Services” (No. 10); “Don’t Inhale” (No. 11); “Future Rotarians and DAR” (No. 11); “Got Milk?” (No. 9); “LGBTQ Unfriendly” (No. 8); “Most Religious Students” (No. 8); “Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch” (No. 7); and “Stone-Cold-Sober Schools” (No. 7).

Kalamazoo College is featured as one of the Best Midwestern Schools and ranks as a “School that Pays You Back.”

Methodology

The Princeton Review surveyed 143,000 students at schools ranked in the previous two years about their schools’ academics, administration and student body.

Most of the 84-question survey asks students to rank their schools on a five-point scale, and schools were given a score based on students’ answers.

Most of the sub-categories were determined by answers to a specific question, while some were a result of compiling answers to several questions.

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