by Geoff Larcom, Published August 22, 2012
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest for the tenth consecutive year and a "great value," in terms of its tuition and education, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.
Eastern was selected as one of 153 institutions by The Review in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region," on PrincetonReview.com.
In the profile section about Eastern on its site, The Princeton Review describes an education at Eastern as "a great value." EMU has led the state of Michigan in tuition restraint for the past four years. Students are paying only $32 more per credit hour than four years ago.
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.
"The Princeton designation is based on the success of our academic programs and the perceptions of our students," said Eastern President Susan Martin. "The honor emphasizes a defining aspect of EMU, which is the relationship between our faculty and their students that enables graduates to hit the ground running and succeed in their careers."
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, 633 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 asked students to rate their schools on issues such as accessibility of professors, academics, campus food and campus life. Eastern students cited the varied opportunities to get involved in campus life, along with the EMU Student Center, which opened in 2006 and is a hub for studying and student activities, as favorable examples.
Students noted "all the different science disciplines, from biology to zoology, the nursing program, a social work program that 'advocates for social and economic justice and is a great place to learn,' and a popular business program, whose 'administration is very tech savvy and knows that the business world is a changing place.'"
The Review quotes students as reporting that the EMU 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."
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher, "We're pleased to recommend Eastern Michigan University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.
"From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
In other, previous rankings, The Princeton Review has listed EMU's College of Business among the nation's "Best Business Schools" for eight consecutive years.
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 http://www.princetonreview.com/ For details on the Midwest rankings, see: