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'Best in the Midwest'

Barry McNamara
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 153 higher education institutions it considers “Best in the Midwest” in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” survey.

The Midwest colleges are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The company also designated colleges in the Northeast, West and Southeast as best in their locales. Overall, the 629 colleges named “regional bests” represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

“We are committed to providing the best residential academic experience for all our students.” said Omar Correa, Monmouth College’s vice president for enrollment management. “Monmouth’s faculty and staff are steadfast in their dedication to provide the needed tools and educational opportunities essential to guiding our students on their path toward civic and professional success.”

Commentary by Monmouth students on The Princeton Review website describes MC as a school that offers “hands-on experience in scientific research” and “takes time to locate jobs” for graduates. One student said, “You can interact with your professors a lot easier than in a larger school.”

Out of the classroom, “It’s very easy to get involved in a lot of extracurricular activities, which I love,” wrote one student. “I am involved in at least seven.”

The college’s facilities have taken a significant leap forward in the past decade, and Monmouth now boasts “superb” athletic facilities and “amazing” on-campus housing on a “charming, brick-themed” campus.

The Princeton Review’s selections were 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 selected these colleges and universities primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing. “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. We’re pleased to recommend Monmouth College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree.”

The Princeton Review ranked the colleges with numerical scores on a scale of 60 to 99, based on institutional data provided by the colleges and student surveys. Monmouth’s highest ratings came in the areas of fire safety (83), financial aid (82) and quality of life (79). Ratings can be viewed at

The Princeton Review specializes in test preparation courses and books and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.