Baker named one of Midwest’s best colleges
Baker University has been named one of the top 152 colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The news came Monday on the its website, PrincetonReview.com.
"We're pleased to recommend Baker University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publishing. “We chose it and the other terrific 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,” said Franek. “Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
The news pleased Baker University President Pat Long.
“For more than 150 years, Baker University has earned a reputation as one of the premier institutions in the Midwest because of its commitment to academic excellence,” said Long. “The latest recognition by The Princeton Review supports our dedication to our students as we continue to provide them a well-rounded education that will serve them for their future personal and professional endeavors.”
The 152 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Together, the 623 colleges named “regional bests” make up about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
For the project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues, including the accessibility of their professors and quality of the campus food and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.