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 155 higher education institutions it considers “Best in the Midwest” in its “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” survey.
The Midwest colleges are located in 12 states. The company also designated colleges in the Northeast, West and Southeast as best in their locales. Overall, the 643 colleges named “regional bests” represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
“We are pleased that The Princeton Review has recognized the growing strength of the college,” said Tim Keefauver, MC’s vice president for enrollment management. “The rigorous curriculum, a faculty with more than 85 percent who have earned the Ph.D. or other terminal degree, ample opportunities for co-curricular involvement and an impressive 99 percent job placement rate by our graduates makes a Monmouth College education a solid value.”
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 reported, “You can interact with your professors a lot easier than in a larger school.”
Out of the classroom, “I am involved in at least seven extracurricular activities,” wrote one student. “It’s very easy to get involved, which I love.”
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 chose these colleges and universities mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us. We’re pleased to recommend Monmouth College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees.”
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 (87), financial aid (82) and quality of life (79). Ratings can be viewed at www.princetonreview.com
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