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|Monmouth College Ranked Among Top Midwest Colleges by Princeton Review
|Monmouth College is among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review.
The New York City-based education services company selected Monmouth as one of 159 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section on its "2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region" Web site feature.
In a profile at www.PrincetonReview.com, students describe Monmouth as a college where it is "very easy to get involved" and where classes are "small and personal." The students praised Monmouth for its hands-on experiences in scientific research, its well-qualified professors and its willingness to locate jobs for future graduates.
The Princeton Review, which does not rank the colleges in its "Best Colleges: Region by Region" Web site section, is a company that specializes in test preparation courses and books and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.
"We commend all of the schools we name this year as our 'regional best' colleges, primarily for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing.
The colleges were selected based on institutional data collected from several hundred schools in each region, visits to schools over the years and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers.
"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," added Franek.
"That endorsement of the students is what we see as most valuable," said Christine Johnston, Monmouth College's dean of admission. "Rankings are nice, but satisfied students say so much more."
The 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 company also designated 212 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West and 139 in the Southeast as best in their locales. The 630 colleges named "regional bests" represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The profiles of all schools featured on the Web site section include college ratings, which are numerical scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallies in several categories based on institutional data provided by the colleges and student surveys. Monmouth's highest ratings came in the areas of financial aid and academics.%
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