Butler University has been listed in The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature called “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
The results are posted online.
The website identifies schools recommended as “regional bests” across the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. In total, 643 schools received this designation—about 25 percent of the country’s four-year colleges. Of those, 155 are in the Midwest.
Schools were selected primarily for their excellent academic programs, as well as what enrolled students reported about their campus experiences.
Butler students had overwhelmingly positive things to say, according to the Princeton Review post.
“‘As soon as I walked onto the campus of Butler University, I knew it was the place I would attend for college.’ That’s the kind of thing you hear from Butler students a lot. Butler’s small, ‘absolutely beautiful’ campus is just the right size, big enough that students ‘don’t feel like [they’re] still in high school,’ but small enough that they ‘generally know someone in every class.’
“The professors at Butler ‘truly care about you as a student and make sure that you understand the material and are interested in what is going on.’ They are ‘very knowledgeable…and they will go above and beyond trying to help you succeed.’ ‘The class sizes are smaller so there is more one-on-one interaction with your professors and classmates.’ ‘As with any university, various majors have various levels of difficulty and time commitment.’
“An English writing/Spanish major says, ‘Butler provides a rigorous course load. I am always working on homework, but I love it.’ Another student adds, ‘Butler overall is very academically challenging.’ Beyond the classroom, ‘internships are huge no matter what major you are, and there are great opportunities to get out and have hands-on, real-world experiences.’ Butler students are very happy with their experience, and they gush, ‘I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.’”
The 155 colleges chosen for the “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
“We’re pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher for the Princeton Review, a privately held education services company.
For this project, The Princeton Review asked students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues, from the accessibility of their professors to quality of their science lab facilities—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.
Only schools that permitted the Princeton Review to independently survey their students were eligible to be considered for regional “best” lists.