Hamline News

August 10, 2010

Rankings reflect academic strength, institutional data, reputation, and student input

Princeton review

Hamline University is pleased to announce it has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected the school as one of 152 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section on its PrincetonReview.com feature 2011Best Colleges Region by Region.

“We are delighted that Hamline’s high quality is reflected in Princeton Review’s new ranking,” said Dr. David Stern, vice president for academic and student affairs at Hamline University. “It is especially important because actual student input was used to evaluate schools, in addition to objective measures, and we are thrilled that together these components rank us among the best in the Midwest.”

The 152 colleges selected for this year’s “Best in the Midwest” designations are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Two-hundred-eighteen colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast are also designated as best in their locales.

“We're pleased to recommend Hamline University as one of the best schools to earn an undergraduate degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's vice president of publishing. “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.” 

In addition, The Princeton Review 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. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its website.

“At Hamline, you’ll see it all from preppy guys and girls to goths to socially-active students, politically-active students, and jocks. Diversity is what Hamline is mainly about,” says one student. “International students make up a good chunk of the student body. Students of different ethnicities seem to be well balanced in numbers, and students come from diverse financial backgrounds."

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