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West Michigan colleges rate among Princeton Review's 'best'

August 10, 2018
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Calvin College, with almost 4,000 students, is one of the nation's largest Christian colleges. Courtesy Calvin

The Princeton Review has released its latest ratings on West Michigan colleges.

Calvin College and Kalamazoo College are featured in The Princeton Review's 2019 report on "The Best 384 Colleges.”

The Princeton Review developed the list, which is not ranked, based on its high opinion of the schools’ academics.

The Princeton Review monitors colleges and annually collects data on more than 2,000 schools, along with annual visits and feedback from students, parents, educators and staff at Princeton Review locations across the country.

Any college considered must allow The Princeton Review to conduct independent surveys on students.

The organization also released several other lists this moth.

The Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business and the Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business are featured among 267 non-ranked “Best Business Schools,” based on data including career outcomes, admissions selectivity and academic rigor.

Grand Valley State University and Hope College are featured among 159 non-ranked “Best Midwestern” colleges, along with Calvin College and Kalamazoo College, which The Princeton Review considers “academically outstanding and well worth consideration.”

Of the 384 “best” colleges, The Princeton Review also ranks the top 20 schools in 62 categories, determined solely on what 138,000 students —  an average of 359 per school — said about their own colleges in an 80-question survey. 

“The Best 384 Colleges” top 20 sub-rankings

Calvin College

Best Health Services, 14

Don't Inhale (perceived marijuana use), 10

Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution, 15

Got Milk? (lowest beer consumption), 9

LGBTQ-Unfriendly, 17

Little Race/Class Interaction, 20

Most Religious Students, 8

Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch, 7

Stone-Cold Sober Schools, 4

Kalamazoo College

Least Religious Students, 15

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