Southeast Among Princeton Review’s 2021 ‘Best in the Midwest’


Southeast Missouri State University has been recognized among the best regional universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company lists Southeast in the Best in the Midwest section of its “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature that posted at Southeast is one of 158 schools and one of only five public institutions in Missouri named a “Best in the Midwest” school.

The Princeton Review salutes 655 colleges that it recommends over five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International. The colleges that made the “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 Midwestern states.

“We chose Southeast and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. He noted that the company considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits. “We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” Franek added.

“I am very pleased that Southeast has once again been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best institutions in the Midwest,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “This reaffirms and enhances our commitment as a high-quality, multicultural, innovative and flexible university focused on the success and career-ready skills of our students.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to 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 website.

Students commend Southeast for its small class sizes, personal attention, affordability and for offering a wide range of majors. The University’s education, business, nursing and performing arts programs were highlighted for their high quality as were the textbook rental and scholarship programs. Students also described faculty members, supportive, encouraging and knowledgeable.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 655 “regional best” colleges overall or by region. The 158 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” 2021 list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 224 colleges in the Northeast, 127 in the West, 142 in the Southeast and 4 in the International region as “best” in their locales on the company’s “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the colleges on The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists for 2021 constitute about 23% of the nation’s 2,800 four-year colleges.

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