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Trine among "Best in the Midwest"
Earns another listing by The Princeton Review
Once again, Trine University is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected the school as one of 158 institutions to profile in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature, “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” posted July 27.
“We chose Trine University and the other terrific schools we recommend as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president for publishing. “We also work to have our roster of ‘regional best’ colleges feature 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 advisers whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey.”
The 158 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 218 colleges in the Northeast, 123 in the West, and 141 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s region by region section on its site. The 640 colleges named regional bests represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region Web site section. The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students 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. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its site. Some student comments quoted in the profile on Trine University follow. “Trine University’s small size allows for one-on-one learning in an intimate atmosphere,” one student notes. “Building close friendships with teachers and peers to create a more comfortable atmosphere for learning [is] in keeping with the ‘small-town,’ ‘close-knit’ persona” students come to Trine for in the first place, another says.
To succeed at Trine, “You must be able to handle pressure, fast-paced learning, and be willing to push yourself HARD!” Professors are “the best because they have not just taught, most of them have actually been in industry!” “The professors want you to do well and will help any time,” say other students.
The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books, and college and graduate school admission services. Its corporate headquarters are in Framingham, Mass., and editorial offices are in New York City. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.