List Dubs Several Indiana Schools 'Best'

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Five schools in Indiana are included on Princeton Review's annual list of the best colleges. In all, 379 throughout the U.S. made the list. Schools in the state were also recognized in sub-categories including Best Value, Most Beautiful Campus and Best College Radio Station. The Indiana schools on the list are DePauw University, Hanover College, Indiana University, Purdue University and Wabash College.

DePauw University is considered a Best Value Private College for 2014. It was also recognized for its study abroad program, college radio station and hard liquor consumption.

Hanover College is included on the "Most Beautiful Campus" list.

Indiana University in Bloomington is among the Best Value Public Colleges for 2014 and is also recognized on the "Best College Theater" list.

Purdue University in West Lafayette is also a Best Value Public College for 2014 and is in the top 20 "Jock Schools."

Wabash College joins other private schools in the best value category. It is considered among the best for career services, "High Marks" for professors, intramural sports and is also dubbed a "Jock School."

August 6, 2014

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - Wabash College was named one of the best institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review in its annual listing of the top 379 schools across the country.

Inclusion in the Princeton Review's "Best 379 Colleges" means that Wabash ranks among the top 15 percent of 2,500 U.S.-based four-year colleges. The review includes detailed profiles of the best schools with rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top-20 schools in 62 categories. Ratings are based on the Princeton Review's surveys of 130,000 college students collected during the 2013-14 academic year.

Not surprisingly, Wabash ranked highly (No. 9) in "Best Classroom Experience," a rating based on answers to several survey questions including the strength of their professors, classroom and lab facilities, the amount of in-class time devoted to discussion, and the percentage of classes attended. The College's student:faculty ratio is 11:1.

Wabash professors rate strongly in both interest and accessibility, charting a 98 and 97, respectively, (on a scale of 60 to 99) and ranked No. 18 in the category "Professors Get High Marks," based off the question, are your instructors good teachers? Wabash's overall academic rating was a 97.

"It's rewarding to see that Wabash men value their professors so highly," said Dr. Scott E. Feller, Dean of the College and professor of chemistry. "Not only is the faculty made up of excellent teachers and researchers, but our ability to interact directly with our students across campus is a key factor in what makes the Wabash experience unique."

The College’s Schroeder Center for Career Development also got high marks for its efforts, ranking No. 7 in "Best Career Services." A devoted alumni network was cited by respondents multiple times in the Wabash profile.

Wabash also polled well in athletics and recreation, finishing as the No. 3 "Jock School," based on answers concerning the popularity of intercollegiate and intramural sports, and of Greek life on campus. The College ranked No. 7 in the popularity of intramural sports.

"Our campus culture at Wabash fosters a balance between the mental and the physical aspects of an educated man," said Director of Athletics Joe Haklin '73. "Wabash is an active place where men strive to improve in the classroom, on immersion trips, during internships, on athletic teams, and in our extensive intramural activities."

Finally, the Wabash campus was ranked as the nation’s easiest campus to get around. The 60-acre wooded campus contains 25 buildings predominantly of Georgian architecture. Caleb Mills taught the first class of Wabash students in 1833 in Forest Hall, located since 1965 at the north end of campus.

Source: Wabash College

August 4, 2014

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - According to a Princeton Review survey that asked 130,000 students at 379 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences, the college at which students reported the highest satisfaction with their financial aid awards was Pomona College (CA).

Northeastern University (MA) earned the #1 spot on the list, "Best Career Services" (a ranking category the Princeton Review created at the urging of a college parent in 2007). The college ranked tops for "Best Science Facilities" – and for the 2nd consecutive year – was California Institute of Technology: its students gave their lab facilities the strongest ratings in the survey. The school at which students gave their professors the highest marks as teachers was Reed College (OR).

Lists of the top 20 colleges in these and 58 other categories will post today at www.princetonreview.com. The lists are also published in the new edition of Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review Books, 2015 Edition, $23.99) on sale tomorrow, August 5.

"Every college in our book offers outstanding academics," said Robert Franek, the guide's author and Princeton Review Senior VP / Publisher. "These colleges differ significantly in their program offerings, campus culture, locales, and cost. Our purpose is not to crown one college 'best' overall or to rank these distinctive schools 1 to 379 on any single topic. We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that's best for them."

Other lists in "The Best 379 Colleges" and #1 colleges on them:

Most Beautiful Campus – Colgate University (NY)

Best-Run College – Elon University (NC)

Best College Library – University of Chicago (IL)

Best Campus Food – Virginia Tech (VA)

Best College Dorms – Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Best Health Services – Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Happiest Students – Vanderbilt University (TN)

Most Conservative Students – Texas A&M University (TX)

Most Liberal Students – Sarah Lawrence College (NY)

LGBT-Friendly – Stanford University (CA)

Best Athletic Facilities – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Students Pack the Stadiums – University of Kansas (KS)

Top Party Schools – Syracuse University (NY)

Top Stone-Cold Sober Schools – Brigham Young University (UT)

Their Students Love These Colleges – Claremont McKenna College (CA)

The rankings are based on surveys of 130,000 students (average 343 per campus) at the colleges in the book in 2013-14 and/or the previous two school years. The survey (at http://survey.review.com) asks students 80 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology (www.princetonreview.com/how-we-do-it.aspx) uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

The Princeton Review also rates all schools in the book in eight categories. The ratings (scores from 60 to 99) are based primarily on data from Princeton Review's 2013-14 surveys of administrators at the colleges. Rating categories include: Financial Aid, Green, and Fire Safety (schools scoring 99 in these categories make the book's Honor Rolls for those topics), plus Admissions Selectivity, and Academics.

Annually published since 1992, "The Best 379 Colleges" is one of 150 Random House / Princeton Review books. In addition to its college profiles, rankings, and ratings, the book includes two lists: "Great Schools for 20 Popular College Majors" and "150 Best Value Colleges." No school has ever paid a fee to be profiled in the book.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Natick, MA, with editorial offices in New York and lo