Southeast Among Princeton Review’s 2013 ‘Best in the Midwest’


Princeton Review

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 20, 2012 — For the fifth straight year, Southeast Missouri State University is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review.

Southeast is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted recently on The Princeton Review is a nationally known education services company.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for the fifth year in a row as one of the ‘Best in the Midwest’ by the Princeton Review,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “When we add this national recognition to those from U.S. News and World Report,,, and, you can certainly see why Southeast has become the one of the fastest growing public, four-year universities in Missouri.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher, said The Princeton Review chose Southeast “and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. 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.”

The 153 colleges 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.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 633 colleges in its “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 377 schools in the book.

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.

In the profile on Southeast, The Princeton Review says Southeast students say the University offers “small class sizes,” “personal attention” and “a wide range of majors.” Students surveyed also highlighted Southeast’s education, nursing and business programs, the River Campus and the University’s affordability.  They also say Southeast has “some amazing professors” who are “very enthusiastic.” Another student commented that Southeast offers a variety of clubs and organizations in which to get involved.

“What I really like about my professors is that they actually know who I am,” says an education major. “They go out of their way to commend students who work hard and produce quality work.”

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