Monday, August 20, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Westminster in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges."
Westminster's student radio station, WWNW 88.9FM, earned recognition (ranked 7th) as one of the "Best College Radio Stations" for the fifth straight year. Westminster was also included in the "Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution" and "Don't Inhale" categories based on political persuasion, popularity of student government, the prevalence of religion, low use of marijuana, and other social characteristics noted in student surveys.
Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are included in the book.
Students praised the "extremely accessible and helpful" professors, supportive classmates, great career services, safe campus, and opportunities for involvement. One student said, "Contrary to popular belief, Westminster College, not Disneyland, is the happiest place on earth."
The guide's editors noted: "Westminster College has remained intent on crafting a personalized learning process for students, with the aim of turning out well-rounded individuals who can live and affect the world in a positive way. The challenging liberal arts curriculum provides a broad foundation for academic study, and the school heavily stresses the application of what's learned by pushing students to prepare themselves for the future using real-life simulations.
"At this very happy place, the administration always keeps the interests of the students in mind, the classes are small, and students get the attention they need. Westminster runs on personal relationships between faculty and students, and even the janitor knows your name. The low student/teacher ratio means the extremely accessible and helpful professors are devoted to ensuring that every last student understands the material."
"We commend Westminster College for its outstanding academics, which are the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book," according to Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing and author of "The Best 377 Colleges." "Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to the schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board."
The rankings are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Visit www.PrincetonReview.com for additional information.