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The Princeton Review, U.S. News List UCM with Best Colleges in Midwest

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 24, 2011) –  For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Central Missouri has been recognized by The Princeton Review as a “Best Midwestern College,” and this year advanced four places in the regional list of best public colleges and universities published by U.S. News & World Report.

“The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report are two of the most well-known resources in the nation for students who are searching for colleges and universities that are the best fit for them,” said Rick Sluder, vice provost for enrollment management. “We believe that UCM is a tremendous value for students, and we hope that those who use these excellent informational resources will discover why Central Missouri is an exceptional choice for their higher education.”

Rankings by U.S. News & World Report were released earlier this fall in the 2012 Best Colleges Guidebook, which is available online and in bookstores across the country. The publication has ranked UCM 72nd among all public and private institutions in a 12-state area that constitutes the Midwest region. With this ranking, the university has moved up from 76th the previous year.

Regional universities are institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s degrees but few doctoral programs. There are 572 institutions in four regions that were ranked according to 16 indicators of academic quality, which were gathered from each school and tabulated. Academic reputation also was considered.

Although The Princeton Review does not provide a numerical ranking of colleges and universities, the education services company named UCM among 153 different Midwestern institutions in the company’s 2012 edition of “Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Academic quality is one of the key factors considered in the company’s selection process.

The Princeton Review bases its selections on institutional data collected directly from the schools, the organization’s visits to school’s over the years, and the opinions of The Princeton Review staff, plus college counselors and advisers whose recommendations are invited. It also considers responses collected in an 80-question student survey.

Based on the student feedback, The Princeton Review notes:  "At the University of Central Missouri, a top-notch education comes with a very low price tag. With small class sizes, a tradition of excellence, and affordable tuition, UCM is an excellent choice for those who are looking for the most bang for their buck."