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Hamline University Named One of the Best in the Midwest by 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 155 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section on its feature 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region

The 155 colleges chosen for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Two-hundred-twenty-six colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 138 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 institutions as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for its excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, 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 advisers whose recommendations we invite,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing.

In addition, The Princeton Review asked students to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of their science lab facilities -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus lives. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

“Hamline University combines knowledgeable professors, a fun environment, great study abroad options, challenging classes, [and] helpful resources to create an intelligent, moderate, religious, small undergraduate program that stresses public service and rational discussion,” one student wrote in a review of Hamline.

The Princeton Review is known for its test preparation, college admission, and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

Hamline University attracts a diverse group of more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students who develop their passions working alongside professors invested in their success. Challenged to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, students develop an ethic of inclusive leadership and service, civic responsibility, and social justice. Hamline students are transformed in and out of the classroom to discover truths that shape the way they see and are able to change the world.

Hamline University is the top-ranked university in Minnesota in its class according to U.S. News & World Report and is one of the only Minnesota schools in its class to be considered a “best value.” Founded in 1854, Hamline is also Minnesota’s first university and is among the first co-educational institutions in the nation.