University of Evansville Named a “Best in the Midwest” College by The Princeton Review

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015

The University of Evansville is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review ( The well-known education services company lists UE among its "Best in the Midwest" recommended schools in its "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature that posted this month. Only 159 colleges in 12 Midwestern states made the list for 2016.

In its website profile on UE, The Princeton Review describes the college as “a place where you will know all of your faculty and the faculty will know you and really care about you, a place where you can really talk to your professors about anything from work, to life, to your future."

The profile also notes that the University of Evansville is a place where you can pursue a number of high-quality majors.

“We chose the University of Evansville and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president publisher.

The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

"We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project," Franek added. "We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections." 

"We're especially proud of this recognition because it reflects the views of people who know us well – especially, and most importantly, our students. Their enthusiastic endorsement is powerful testimony to the life-changing impact of the UE experience,” says Tom Kazee, UE’s president.

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – 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 ratings in UE’s profile include such comments as “for all disciplines, students enjoy small discussion-based classes, a strong push towards critical thinking and challenging boundaries”

Harlaxton College, UE’s British campus, is also praised as a study abroad program that “is a huge strong point”.

One student explains, “Since we own Harlaxton College in England, it’s usually a question of when you’re going, not if you’re going.”.

Another adds, “(Harlaxton) truly is one of the best reasons to come to UE”.

The 159 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" 2016 list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West, and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. 

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University. The “Best in the Midwest” web feature is accessible at

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