In a release on Aug. 3, Princeton Review officials said they recommend universities "mainly for their excellent academic programs. Our goal is simple: to identify some of the colleges and universities that we feel stand out within each region." The company looks at data collected from the schools, conducts visits and solicits input from college counselors and students on campus.
PSU was one of 152 colleges and universities the Review recommended in the 12-state Midwest region of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Nationally, The Princeton Review list of best colleges represents about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Review quoted students who liked PSU's smaller size "with a bigger university atmosphere," its affordability and professors who are knowledgeable and are "always more than willing to help" outside of class.
Jessica Gillespie, a junior from Independence, Kan., echoed the sentiments of many of her classmates.
"The teachers I've had have been amazing," Gillespie said. "They all take a personal interest in you and really want you to succeed."
Gillespie said she also enjoys the friendly campus atmosphere.
"Living in the dorms my first year was really good," Gillespie said. "I didn't know anyone here and it gave me a chance to meet lots of new people. The other students were really friendly and eager to make new friends."
For more, click on the Midwestern link at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.
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