Princeton Review ranks NWC high

Northwestern College is among 161 institutions selected for 2008 “Best in the Midwest” designation by the Princeton Review, based on the opinions of current students.

The colleges and universities recognized are institutions the Princeton Review deems to be academically excellent and which have allowed their students to be surveyed anonymously. The rankings and student comments are posted online.

The Princeton Review’s academic profile of Northwestern gives professors high marks. Students were quoted as praising the faculty for caring not only about students’ academic progress but also about their personal lives.

Students described their peers as “very friendly and caring,” “hardworking and easy to get along with” and “highly involved socially, academically and religiously.” They also said they appreciate Northwestern’s emphasis on integrating faith and learning.

“We always appreciate external recognition of our high-quality educational experience, and the Princeton Review’s honor is especially meaningful because it’s based on what students say,” said Northwestern’s president, Dr. Bruce Murphy. “I was pleased that one student said, ‘Northwestern is exactly like they say it is during college visits, maybe even better.’ Reading their comments on the Princeton Review’s site confirms that our students value the very things we seek to cultivate on campus: academic rigor, strong relationships and spiritual vitality.”