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posted on 8/4/11
Saint Joseph's College Named a Best Midwestern College for the Eighth Straight Year
Saint Joseph's College is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 1, 2011 on www.PrincetonReview.com. Students surveyed by The Princeton Review describe the College's unique Core Program as "broad and deep" and a "great alternative to education classes that encourages students to think, write, speak, and think again."
"We're pleased to recommend SJC to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher. "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.
The 153 colleges that 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 220 colleges in the Northeast, 121 in the West, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 629 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. On its site, the Princeton Review likens SJC to such institutions as Cornell University, Villanova University, Clemson University, Boston College, and Northwestern University.
"This is the eighth straight year SJC has been named to the 'Best in the Midwest' list, and it's an accomplishment our institution is very proud of," said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. "It is clear that our faculty and student body are second to none and continue to achieve greatness every year."
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. Student comments in the profile raved about the personal attention they receive from the professors at SJC, which has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1.
The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.
Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 25 majors, 4 group majors, 32 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students.
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