July 30, 2008
For the sixth consecutive year The Princeton Review has designated Morningside College as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest.
The New York City-based education services company selected Morningside as one of 159 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section on its Web site feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Only 14 public and private schools in Iowa received the designation.
"We commend all of the schools we name this year as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing. “We selected them based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey."
The 159 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year’s "Best in the Midwest" designations are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The Princeton Review also designated 212 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West, and 139 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its Web site. The 630 colleges named "regional best" represent only about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its Best Colleges: Region by Region Web site section. The Princeton Review is known for its test preparation courses, books, and college admission and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.