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MC among Princeton Review's 'Best in Midwest'

Barry McNamara
Six of Monmouth College’s first class of Midwest Scholars are pictured last fall with Richard Longworth, who was on campus to deliver the keynote address for the college’s Midwest Matters forum.
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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 “2013 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 633 colleges named “regional bests” represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
“We’re excited that The Princeton Review has recognized Monmouth College for the many things that make us distinct,” said Phil Betz, MC’s director of admissions. “Our rigorous curriculum, caring and teaching-oriented faculty, ample opportunities for co-curricular involvement and liberal arts education ensure Monmouth students are successful while in college and beyond.”
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 “quaint” 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 and publisher. “We also took 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 (88), financial aid (82) and quality of life (79). Ratings can be viewed at
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