Hiram College

Hiram is one of 153 colleges named “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, a  standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company, in its website feature “2012  Best Colleges: Region by Region.”


Posted August 1 on The Princeton Review’s website, the feature profiles 629 schools in all recommended as “regional bests” across four locales:  the Northeast, the Southeast, the Midwest and the West.

Princeton Review , which offers test preparation for standardized aptitude tests such as the SAT and advice regarding college admissions, reviewed hundreds of institutions in each region and selected colleges and universities primarily for their excellent academic programs. The selections were also based on what students attending the schools reported about their campus experiences on extensive student surveys for the ranking project.  Colleges and universities chosen as “best of …” in the project constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges, and were designated as a means of allowing applicants and their parents a wide range of fine schools to consider as they narrowed down options for their college educations.

The Princeton Review rankings also rate the schools on a number of criteria, such as “academics” (including course offerings, majors, faculty to student ratios, and off-campus learning and internships), campus quality of life, admissions selectivity (including median SAT or ACT scores) environmental consciousness, admissions selectivity and campus life. Each institution was rated on a scale of 60-99 points, with 99 being the best.

Hiram won a rating of 84 for academics, 76 for admissions selectivity, and 73 for campus life.

But it was the comments of the students interviewed by Princeton Review that really characterized Hiram’s high ratings. Princeton Review noted that “Students come to Hiram College seeking ‘a very community-based environment’ that provides ‘not only a feeling of immediate comfort but also the appeal of being in close relationship with my professors,’ and few leave disappointed.”

The organization cited one student’s comment that “Undergrads (at Hiram) love how involved all of the professors are into guiding the students through not just classes and majors, but future plans and career paths”’ and praise the “big-school opportunities” in a small-school environment.

Other students noted that undergraduate students can work closely with professors on research, which gives them invaluable experience after graduation, while some students praised Hiram’s small class atmosphere, and unique 12-week and three-week class scheduling options.

The Princeton Review is an independent company based in Framingham, MA and is not associated with either Princeton University, or the Princeton, New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Tests.