Westminster Named Among The Best 384 Colleges in 2019 by The Princeton Review

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August 7, 2018

Showcasing student comments like "life is truly elevated at Westminster" and "Westminster is the epitome of that whole 'college package,'" the college is proud to announce its inclusion in this year's "Best 384 Colleges" guidebook by The Princeton Review. Additionally, Westminster is listed as a "Best Western" college and top "Green College."

Only 13% of the country's 2,000+ four-year colleges are awarded this distinction.

"Our students continue to praise Westminster for all the things that make us special: our dedicated faculty, our amazing location, our close-knit student body and distinctive programs — we truly have the 'whole college package,'" said Dr. Beth Dobkin, Westminster president. "This rating helps reinforce the value of our Westminster education and community, and it's refreshing to see that our students recognize that value."

In this year's survey, Westminster students continued to praise their personal connections with faculty, stating they "really get to know and care about their students." They also lauded the college's "wonderful mix" of students "where ski bums, overachievers and Mormons collide to make up an awesome, fun residential student body."

Ranked as both a "Best Western" college and "Green College" Westminster was highlighted for its commitment to sustainability based on its academic offerings initiatives and activities, which included the college's free bike program, STARS rating (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System) and organic garden.

Published annually since 1992, the Best Colleges guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top-20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 384 in any category. Instead, they tally the rankings list based on the survey data from 138,000 students at the 384 schools in the book. The student survey has 80 questions in four sections and asked students about: 1) their school's academics/administration, 2) life at their college, 3) their fellow students and 4) themselves. Students answer by selecting one of five answer choices that range across a grid or scale. The answer choice headers might range from "Strongly Agree" to "Strongly Disagree" or "Excellent" to "Poor": some are percentages with ranges from "0–20%" to "81–100%." This answer-choice, five-point scale—which is called a Likert scale—is the most commonly used measurement for this type of survey research: a consensus-based assessment.

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