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August 11, 2008
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EMU named among "Best in the Midwest" for sixth straight year

YPSILANTI — For the sixth straight year, Eastern Michigan University has received a “Best in the Midwest” designation in the 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region, published by the PrincetonReview.com.

Schools are selected based on academic excellence and survey information from students attending each school.

“This is recognition of EMU by the people we serve – the students,” said Susan Martin, president of EMU. “This really speaks to the excellent educational experience that our students receive here.”

The Princeton Review divided the United States into four regions: Northeastern, Western, Midwestern and Southeastern. Eastern Michigan University was one of 159 schools selected in the Midwestern region. Overall, 632 colleges were selected.

The survey covered students opinions about academics and majors, student body, and campus life and facilities.

What EMU students said in the survey:

• “’The nursing program, a social work program that ‘advocates for social and economic justice and is a great place to learn.’”

•  “A popular business program (claiming one in five undergrads) whose administration is very tech savvy and knows that the business world is a changing place; to help us, they have required classes which 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 always is an opportunity to make a difference, and it is truly an empowering experience.”

• “With one in four students pursuing an education degree, Eastern Michigan University is very much a teaching university known for teaching future teachers. This emphasis sometimes overshadows Eastern's other strengths, which students said include ‘all the different science disciplines from biology to zoology.”

For the complete survey information about EMU, go to http://www.princetonreview.com

For more information about Eastern Michigan University, go to www.emich.edu


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

Editor's Note: Looking for an expert source for a story? Check out EMU's Eastern Experts online at www.emich.edu/univcomm/easternexperts.

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