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UCM Named 'A Best in the Midwest' College for Seventh Consecutive Year

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 7, 2012) – Citing small class sizes, affordable tuition, and a tradition of excellence as reasons to attend the University of Central Missouri, The Princeton Review has named the university “A Best in the Midwest” college in its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” This is the seventh consecutive year UCM has been included among 153 institutions that achieved this designation.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher, schools were selected as “regional best” colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. The list considers institutional data collected from schools, Princeton Review’s visits to schools over the years, and opinions of its staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations are invited.

“We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists,” Franek said in a written statement from Princeton Review.

UCM President Charles Ambrose noted that such recognition, particularly regarding quality academics, helps the university to know it is on the right track in terms of serving students and ensuring opportunities for them to succeed.

“Recognition by The Princeton Review is important because many students and their parents rely on it as a credible source in helping to make decisions about the best places to pursue a higher education,” Ambrose said. “We continue to be recognized by The Princeton Review as an institution that ‘provides an excellent choice for those looking for the most bang for the buck,’ and one ‘where ‘professors know your name.’ This is true, but we also believe our value proposition is determined by what UCM offers students in terms of engaged learning, future-focused academics, a culture of service, and opportunities for them to broaden their global perspective.

The 153 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 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.

For this project, the Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to 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.

Student comments include: “You won’t feel like a number at UCM, where professors ‘know your name,’ are accessible outside the classroom, and want you to learn something of value.” They also note, “everyone loves the school’s small, pretty campus, where you can easily walk anywhere you need to go.”

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resouces. Headquartered in Framington, Mass, with editorial offices in New York and locations across the USA and abroad, The Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.