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Missouri State receives ‘Best in the Midwest’ designation

The Princeton Review features university as a 2014 ‘Best College’
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Missouri State University was selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s 2014 online list of “Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Missouri State is one of 155 schools on the site receiving the “Best in the Midwest” designation and has been included on this list since its inception 11 years ago.

“An important factor in their selection process is information they received through a survey of our students,” said Don Simpson, associate vice president for enrollment management. “That’s the best endorsement we can get.”

In addition to the student surveys, selection is based on a qualitative evaluation of academic excellence, as well as visits to schools and opinions from Princeton Review’s staff and college advisers. Information about each college included in the “Best in the Midwest” list is available online. The profile includes comments from students and general information about the school.

“We’re pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher. “We chose these as our ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

The 155 colleges chosen 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 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West and 138 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges

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