Archive for Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Baker ranked as top school in Midwest

August 27, 2003

Baker University students started school Monday at one of the top schools in the Midwest.

Baker was recently named by both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review as being a top school in the Midwest region.

"It means a lot for Baker," Stacy Cohen, Baker's director of public relations, said. "I think it reflects the academic program we have and the strong faculty we have."

Princeton Review's Best Midwestern Colleges guide ranked 150 Midwest public and private schools, which demonstrated academic excellence, from 11 states.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Baker in the top 35 schools in the Midwest region, which is comprised of 12 states. The ranking is based on academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, retention, alumni-giving rate and graduation rate performances.

With the new ranking, Baker moved from the second tier to the top tier for Midwest universities offering master's degrees.

"Moving up in the ranking and being mentioned is a positive thing for Baker," Cohen said.

The honors, she said, would help in Baker's recruitment of students. Although students are still transferring to the university, Cohen said, enrollment is expected to reach around 900 students this year.

She said the fact that Baker was recognized twice as being an outstanding university says a lot about the school.

"It really reflects the quality of our program and our faculty," she said.

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