Hiram College 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.com. In the profile on Hiram College on its site, The Princeton Review describes the college as “a diverse, close-knit, residential learning environment.”
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publishing, “We’re pleased to recommend Hiram College 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.”
“It is heartening to receive these kind of third-party endorsements of the good work we do with students here at Hiram,” said Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema. “However, what speaks even louder about the value of a Hiram education is the extraordinary experiences our students have after they graduate. Hiram graduates leave ready for life and work in our complex and rapidly changing world.”
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% 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. Student comments in the profile on Hiram are that the College is “a gentle mix of athletes, artists and scientists, and…Everyone gets along and respects what the others are capable of doing,” and that Hiram provides “not only a feeling of immediate comfort but also the appeal of being in close relationship with my professors.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the 623 colleges in its “2011 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, MA 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.