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List of best Midwestern colleges once again includes Indiana State

August 4, 2010

For the seventh straight year, Indiana State University has made a list of best colleges and universities in the nation's heartland.

The Princeton Review includes Indiana State in the "Best in the Midwest" section of its online feature "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

Students surveyed for the national education services company's annual list said they like Indiana State's size - small "but not so small you feel like you're in high school again."

Students said they enjoy more interaction with faculty than they might at a larger school and professors "seem to really know what they're doing." Students praised the level of diversity on the ISU campus and said the significant number of non-traditional students complements the rest of the student body.

"With each passing year, Indiana State University is making a greater mark on Indiana and the Midwest. It's great to hear such comments from the people who matter most - our students - and to see Indiana State once again recognized as one of the best universities in the region, based largely on student surveys," said ISU President Dan Bradley.

"We're pleased to recommend Indiana State as one of the best schools to earn an undergraduate degree. We chose it and the other institutions we named as regional best colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Panek, senior vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review.

A total of 152 institutions in 12 states are on the 2011"Best in the Midwest" list, down slightly from the 158 colleges and universities included for 2010. Only schools that allow The Princeton Review to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for the regional lists. Data supplied by each institution and recommendations of college counselors and advisors also factor into the selection process.

More information, including the complete list of best colleges by region, may be found at

In addition to the "Best in the Midwest" list, The Princeton Review has recognized the MBA program in Indiana State's Donald W. Scott College of Business among the best in the nation for the past four straight years.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges and universities on its regional lists. The company is based in Framingham, Mass. and has editorial offices in New York City and test preparation centers across the country and abroad. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or