posted on 8/13/10
Saint Joseph's College Named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review for Seventh Straight Year
For the seventh 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 152 institutions that The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 2, 2010 on PrincetonReview.com. Students at SJC profiled by The Princeton Review raved about the Core Program, describing it as a "great alternative to general education classes that allows them to express their opinions and open their minds to other views."
Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publishing, "We're pleased to recommend Saint Joseph's College 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(s)" mainly for their excellent academic programs."
"It is a tremendous honor to be included in The Princeton Review's 'Best in the Midwest' list," said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. "This is SJC's seventh straight year on the list, and it's a testament to the quality of the students and faculty who make the College great."
The 152 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 218 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
For this project, The Princeton Review asked 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. Surveyed students praised the relationships they have with their professors and the intimate academic atmosphere created by small class sizes.
"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," said Franek. "We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional best lists."
The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, 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 also partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness and 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, is a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts college. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Ind., 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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