by Geoff Larcom, Published August 03, 2011
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest for the ninth consecutive year and a 'great value," according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.
Eastern was selected as one of 153 institutions The Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," on PrincetonReview.com.
In the profile on Eastern on its site, The Princeton Review describes an Eastern education as "a great value." EMU has led the state of Michigan in tuition restraint the past three years, and was the only public university in Michigan to freeze tuition this past academic year.
The Review bases its selections on a school's academic programs. It also takes into account student responses on an 80-question survey for the yearly project.
"We are excited to be selected for this honor again, particularly because the designation is based on academics and reports from our students," said Eastern President Susan Martin. "It's underscores that we put students and education first at Eastern. Our faculty care."
The 153 Midwestern colleges honored are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Collectively, 629 colleges were named regional bests nationwide, constituting about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year institutions.
The Princeton Review does not individually rank the 629 colleges in its list.
The Review asks students to rate their schools on issues such as accessibility of professors, academics, campus food, and campus life. Eastern students cited the many opportunities to get involved in campus life at Eastern, along with its Student Center, which opened in 2006 and is a hub for studying and student activities.
"The center is a great place to hang out with friends, study ... curl up with a good book, meet people and get homework done," said one student.
In other, previous rankings, The Princeton Review has listed EMU's AACSB accredited College of Business among the nation's "Best 300 Business Schools" for seven consecutive years. A new set of those rankings is expected this fall.
The Princeton Review provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Review is headquartered in Framingham, Mass, with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.
The website is www.PrincetonReview.com. For details on the Midwest rankings, see http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx