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Princeton Review again rates Indiana State among Midwest's best

August 21, 2012

The Princeton Review has once again recognized Indiana State University as one of 153 institutions recommended as among the "Best in the Midwest."

This marks the ninth straight year Indiana State has been included in the national education services company's list of best colleges and universities in each of four regions of the country.The recognition is based on institutional data, campus visits by Princeton Review staff, recommendations from college counselors and advisors and student responses to an 80-question survey.

Indiana State students describe the Terre Haute campus as "comfortable" and "affordable" with modern facilities. They also say the 11,500-student institution "has the vibe of a big state school while offering personal attention to students as a small college would."

Because class sizes are not too big, with an average faculty-student ratio of 19 to 1, students say it is easier to interact with fellow students and professors, whom they describe as "informative," "very enthusiastic" and "engaging and interesting." Faculty members "care whether you succeed," students said and "are very approachable and willing to help you."

"We are pleased to recommend Indiana State to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. "We chose it and the other institutions we name as ‘regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs."

Indiana State's inclusion among the Princeton Review's 2013 list of best regional colleges follows the university's second straight appearance on Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, a list that focuses on affordability and value.

"It is great to see students commenting on the affordability of an Indiana State University education and the commitment of faculty to student success," said ISU President Dan Bradley. "Providing a quality education at an affordable cost is one of our primary goals."

In addition to the "Best in the Midwest" list, The Princeton Review has recognized the MBA program in the Scott College of Business at Indiana State as among the best in the nation for the past five 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.

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

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