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UCM Among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest”

Contact: Jeff Murphy `
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 30, 2009) – For the fourth consecutive year, UCM has been named one of the best Midwestern colleges by The Princeton Review.

The education services company selected the school as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

Student Feedback Taken into Consideration

Incorporating feedback from students, The Princeton Review describes UCM as an institution that offers topnotch, affordable education, with many academic degree program choices, and “friendly” faculty.

“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,” said one satisfied senior whose comments are included in the online profile.

On the Right Track

UCM President Aaron Podolefsky said he was pleased that UCM is one of the “Best in the Midwest.”

“It’s especially gratifying to know that student feedback has contributed to our selection as one of the best universities in our region,” he said. “It helps us to know we’re on the right track, and that they value the quality of their educational experience at UCM.”

Excellent Programs Recognized

According to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, “regional best” colleges included in “Best of the Midwest” were selected primarily for their excellent academic programs. Selections include a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale.

“We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite,” Franek said. “We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey.”

Encompassing a 12-State Region

The 12-state region which encompasses “Best in the Midwest” colleges and universities covers Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Institutions in other states are included on the company’s 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region section. The Princeton Review does not rank institutions on this web site.

The survey for The Princeton Review 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 pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its site.

UCM is a comprehensive public university that serves more than 11,000 students and offers approximately 150 different degree programs.

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