Huntington, Ind.—For the third consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Huntington University one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest. The education services company selected the school as one of 152 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
“We chose Huntington University and the other terrific schools we recommend as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing. “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 advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
Surveyed students said that Huntington professors "care about people and are available out of class.” They “take the time to get to know you individually and genuinely want you to succeed.” Students added that classes are “academically challenging, but also manageable” and there is an “integration of faith” with every subject. Students reported that the top social activities included watching movies, playing Ultimate Frisbee, concerts, athletic events, skating, and hanging out at coffee shops.
The colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states. The colleges are not ranked hierarchically. Collectively, the colleges named "regional bests" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.