Saint Mary’s among the “Best in the Midwest,” Again

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

August 2, 2011 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary's College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. The education services company widely known for its test preparation programs and college and graduate school guides selected the school as one of 153 institutions listed in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," posted August 1.

The "Best in the Midwest" colleges 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 220 colleges in the Northeast, 121 in the West, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales. The 629 colleges named among the "regional best" represents about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

“We are very pleased to once again be included among The Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Midwest,’” said Saint Mary's College President Carol Ann Mooney. “Our commitment to an excellent intellectual and academic experience for our students is unwavering. Our graduates are our best recruiters. Their accomplishments speak volumes about the quality of the educational experience they received here.”

Saint Mary's College has held the “Best in the Midwest” designation every year since The Princeton Review began the “Best Colleges: Region by Region” categorizations nine years ago.

"We’re pleased to recommend Saint Mary's College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing. “We chose these as our ‘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. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our ‘regional best’ lists."

The Princeton Review lists, but does not rank, the colleges in its "2012 Best Colleges Region by Region" Web site section.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary’s College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in the U.S. News & World Report 2011 College Guide. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

About The Princeton Review: The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private 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 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.