by Ward Mullens, Published July 29, 2009
YPSILANTI — The Princeton Review has named Eastern Michigan University a “Best Midwestern College” for 2010. It marks the seventh consecutive year that EMU has received the designation.
“We are thrilled to receive this designation because it is driven by how our students feel about Eastern,” said Susan Martin, president of EMU. “It is a good yardstick for where we are and where we need to go. We pride ourselves on our accessibility, affordability, diversity and strong educational experience and all of those characteristics are evident in the student comments about EMU.”
The education services company selected EMU as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature “2010 Best Colleges: Region-by-Region,” that posted July 27, 2009.
EMU students’ responses included:
“The curriculum is designed to serve ‘real people learning through discussion and interaction’ and taking advantage of ‘opportunities for education beyond the classroom, whether it's through involvement in a student organization, attending diversity programming or volunteering. There is always an opportunity to make a difference, and it is truly an empowering experience.”
“EMU has ‘a Student Center that is a great place to hang out with friends, eat, study, play video games, curl up with a good book, meet new people, and get homework done.’”
The 158 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year’s "Best in the Midwest" designations are located in twelve 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, 123 in the West, and 141 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region section. The 640 colleges named "regional best(s)" represent only about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region website section. The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students 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.
Students are surveyed with more than 80 questions in categories such as “About Yourself,” “Your Schools Academics/Administration,” “Students,” and “Life at Your School.”
For the complete EMU profile go to: http://www.princetonreview.com