Sept. 10, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

Survey Says! — EMU a “Best Midwestern College”

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has been named “A Best Midwestern College” by Princeton Review’s “The Best Midwestern Colleges: 150 Great Schools to Consider” (Random House/Princeton Review Books, 2003). The guidebook, the first in a regional series by the authors of “The Best 351 Colleges,” showcases the best 150 schools in 11 Midwestern states.

“Each college had to meet two criteria,” said author Robert Franek. “First, it had to meet our criteria for academic excellence within its region. Second, we had to be able to survey its students anonymously, either through our on-line survey or a paper survey that we distribute and collect on campuses.”

EMU is featured in a statistical and student-opinion driven profile that includes information on academics, admissions, financial aid, and student body demographics, supplemented by data provided through institutional research and EMU’s admissions office. The narrative profiles include direct student quotes and a segment entitled “Survey Says,” which lists topics students had the highest consensus about in their answers. “Survey Says” at EMU: “Classes are small” and “No one cheats.”

Students at EMU appreciate “the close-knit community and a faculty that cares,” and cite the “location, affordability, and laid-back attitude” as reasons they chose to attend EMU. Students also get along well and appreciate one another’s differences. One undergraduate said, “We are diverse, interesting, smart, creative, fun-loving people.” Another said, “We don’t really have one set type of person on campus…it is a cool experience to walk down the sidewalk and hear four different languages being spoken.”

Included among the Best Midwestern schools were Michigan State, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Northwestern University.

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

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