Eastern Michigan University rated one of the "Best in the Midwest" for 11th consecutive year by The Princeton Review

Only 155 of 530 Midwest colleges receive “best” designation

by Pamela Young, Published August 13, 2013

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has been named one of the country's "Best in the Midwest" colleges for the 11th consecutive year by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company.

Eastern Michigan is among 155 colleges in the Midwest to receive the distinction out of 530 colleges that were evaluated. The Midwest region includes Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Collectively, 643 colleges are named regional best nationwide, about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

"We chose these colleges as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher of the Review.

The Review takes into account student responses on an 80-question survey for the yearly project. Only schools that allow the Review to independently survey their students were eligible to be considered for the regional "best" lists. Students were asked to rate their schools on issues such as accessibility of professors and the quality of their science lab facilities, as well as answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life.

Among the comments provided by Eastern students who participated in the survey:

  • "Eastern is a teaching university known for teaching future teachers. This emphasis sometimes overshadows EMU's other strengths, including all the different science disciplines, from biology to zoology."
  • "The nursing and social work programs advocate for social and economic justice and are a great place to learn."
  • "EMU has a popular business program whose administration is very tech savvy and knows that the business world is a changing place. To help us, they have required classes that cover almost every business aspect, from accounting to communication, management and computer-oriented classes."
  • "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."

In previous rankings, The Princeton Review has listed EMU's College of Business among "The Best Business Schools" in America for nine consecutive years.


Pamela Young

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