Kettering University named ‘Best Midwestern College’ again: Kettering University has once again been ranked as a “Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review. Kettering is one of 153 institutions receiving the Best in the Midwest designation in The Princeton Review’s 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Kettering has been on the select list each year since 2004. Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president – publisher, said The Princeton Review looked at hundreds of institutions in four regions: Northeast , Southeast, Midwest and West. In total, 633 schools received the designation this year. 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 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. Read more on the “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” at and “What Each College Rating Scores is Based On” at

EMU named ‘Great Value’ By Princeton Review: Eastern Michigan University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest for the tenth consecutive year and a “great value,” in terms of its tuition and education, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  Eastern was selected as one of 153 institutions by The Review in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” on In the profile section about Eastern on its site, The Princeton Review describes an education at Eastern as “a great value.” EMU has led the state of Michigan in tuition restraint for the past four years. Students are paying only $32 more per credit hour than four years ago. The Review bases its selections on a school’s academic programs. It also takes into account student responses on an 80-question survey for the yearly project. The 153 Midwestern colleges honored are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Collectively, 633 colleges were named regional bests nationwide, constituting about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year institutions. The Princeton Review does not individually rank the 629 colleges in its list. The review asked students to rate their schools on issues such as accessibility of professors, academics, campus food and campus life. Eastern students cited the varied opportunities to get involved in campus life, along with the EMU Student Center, which opened in 2006 and is a hub for studying and student activities, as favorable examples. Students noted “all the different science disciplines, from biology to zoology, the nursing program, a social work program that ‘advocates for social and economic justice and is a great place to learn,’ and a popular business program, whose ‘administration is very tech savvy and knows that the business world is a changing place.’” The Review quotes students as reporting that the EMU curriculum is designed to serve “real people learning through discussion and interaction and taking advantage of opportunities for education beyond the classroom, whether it’s through involvement in a student organization, attending diversity programming or volunteering. There is always an opportunity to make a difference, and it is truly an empowering experience.” In other, previous rankings, The Princeton Review has listed EMU’s College of Business among the nation’s “Best Business Schools” for eight consecutive years. The Princeton Review provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Review is headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine. The Web site is  http://www/  For details on the Midwest rankings, see

Lawrence Tech earns ‘Best in the Midwest’ designation: Lawrence Technological University has earned the “Best in the Midwest” designation for the fourth year in a row from The Princeton Review, based on academic excellence and a student survey. To receive the “Best in the Midwest” designation in the “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” school selections, colleges first had to meet standards for academic excellence within their region. Lawrence Tech was among the 153 colleges selected in the 12-state Midwest Region and 633 colleges selected overall, representing 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review is a standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company. Inclusion on the prestigious list also depended on the results of an anonymous survey that asked students 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. According to The Princeton Review, LTU undergraduates speak highly of their “very knowledgeable” professors who endeavor to “create opportunities for students” and strive to make sure “that they have all the tools to succeed.” The Princeton Review noted that Lawrence Tech students describe their teachers as “enthusiastic” and “highly motivated” educators who “bring material to life” and allow undergrads to “have fun.” Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.


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