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The Princeton Review Names UCM A “Best of Midwest” University

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 1, 2008) – Citing a quality academic environment and affordability, The Princeton Review has named the University of Central Missouri one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest. The New York City-based education services company selected the school as one of 159 institutions it recommends in its “Best of Midwest” section on its web site feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.


Honor Bestowed for Third Consecutive Year

This marks the third consecutive year the university has been named a “Best of Midwest” institution under the leadership of President Aaron Podolefsky.

“We’re very pleased to be recognized by The Princeton Review. It’s a designation that speaks highly of the quality of education students receive here at Central Missouri,” Podolefsky said.

Students Surveyed

According to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, “regional best” schools are recognized primarily for their excellent academic programs. Selections are based on institutional data The Princeton Review collects from several hundred schools in each region, as well as visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers whose recommendations are invited.

“We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences at their schools on our 80-question survey,” Franek said. “We work to have our annual roster of ‘regional best’ colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale.

Midwest Selections Cover 12 States

The 159 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year’s “Best in the Midwest” designations are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated colleges in the Northeast, West, and Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its web site. The 630 institutions named “regional best(s)” represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities. The Princeton Review does not rank institutions.

The survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues – from accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Actual comments from surveyed students are included with each The Princeton Review college profile.


As for academics, The Princeton Review states that most undergraduates are delighted with their decision to attend UCM. They note the surprisingly open and ‘friendly’ demeanor of the school’s faculty and staff. Here are just a few additional comments made about UCM:

Campus Life

About campus life and facilities, The Princeton Review adds, “Whether you play intramurals, join a fraternity or sorority, or just hang out in the residence halls, life at UCM is ‘very laid back and you get to meet a lot of people that you can become friends with quickly.’ In fact, many students say their favorite pastime is the simple pleasure of each other’s company. A sophomore relates, ‘I feel more connected to the people in my dorm and in my classes because we talk, face-to-face, everyday.’”

The Princeton Review is a company known for its test preparation courses, books, and college admission and other education services.