Aug 27, 2012
Guide also recognizes Westminster as a "Best Western College"
SALT LAKE CITY
- With accolades for its quality of life, green efforts and academics, Westminster has once again been included in the 2013 "Best 377 Colleges" Guide by The Princeton Review. The prestigious publication profiles colleges that offer the best undergraduate experience, and Westminster is ranked among the top 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and universities (and three outside the U.S.).
This year Westminster was also named as one of the "Best Western Colleges" by the guide.
"We are pleased again to be recognized as one of the top schools in the nation and in the west by The Princeton Review," said Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, Westminster president. "We are focused on creating an environment where the quality of life and the quality of our teaching are paramount, and where students learn in an active and engaged way that highlights their individual talents."
In the 2013 profile, students praise Westminster for having "the perfect balance of everything: it focuses on being academically challenging but that is also equally weighted by all the fun events." Additionally, students enjoy taking advantage of its desirable location, boasting that they can "ski, climb, work, attend classes, hang out with friends and be active on campus every day," which makes the Westminster experience "the absolute best package of any college available."
The schools in "The Best 377 Colleges" have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2011-12 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile. Westminster received a 94 rating for quality of life, and 87 for academics and an 86 for its green initiatives.
"We commend Westminster for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book, "said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior vice president and publisher/author of "The Best 377 Colleges." "Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."
In addition to Westminster, other Utah colleges that were featured in the 2013 college guide include BYU, Weber State University, Utah State University and University of Utah.
The Princeton Review guide's "The Best 377 Colleges" complete ranking lists are also posted on their website www.princetonreview.com