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Aug. 3, 2010

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Baker University named 'A Best in the Midwest' college by The Princeton Review

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 152 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 2, 2010 on PrincetonReview.comBaker-0979

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publishing, "We're pleased to recommend Baker University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree.  We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their 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 advisors whose recommendations we invite.  We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them 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."  

“For more than 150 years, Baker University has earned a reputation as one of the premier institutions in the Midwest because of its commitment to academic excellence,” Baker President Patricia N. Long said. “The latest recognition by The Princeton Review supports our dedication to our students as we continue to provide them a well-rounded education that will serve them for their future personal and professional endeavors.”

The 152 colleges that The Princeton Review chose 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.  The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools 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.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The schools in The Princeton Review’s "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website section are also rated in six categories by The Princeton Review.  The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review tallied these scores based on institutional data it obtained from the colleges in 2009-10 and/or student survey data.  The rating scores Baker University received include: academics: (81), admissions selectivity (84),  financial aid (89), fire safety (79), quality of life (77) and green (60). The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site at

The Princeton Review does not rank the 623 colleges in its "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list hierarchically or by region or in various categories.   (However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, "The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition" may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of "top 20 colleges" in 62 categories that are unique to that book.  They are based entirely on the company's surveys of students at the 373 schools in the book.)   

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

About Baker University:

Founded in 1858 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Baker is a liberal arts college where students are academically challenged in a supportive environment. The University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

About The Princeton Review:

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and tutoring.  With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, (, the Company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education.  The Princeton Review also partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.   The Company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education.  Penn Foster provides career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (, which are headquartered in Scranton, Pa.

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