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Princeton Review ranks Westminster College among top 380 in nation

Princeton Review ranks Westminster College among top 380 in nation

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SALT LAKE CITY — Westminster College has once again been ranked one of the country's "Best 380 Colleges" by the Princeton Review.

Just 15 percent of the United States' 2,500 four-year colleges will be recognized in the next annual "The Best 380 Colleges" guidebook," which provides profiles of the colleges, according to Westminster College.

The college was also recognized for a number of other things, such as a best "Western" college, a top "Green" college, and it was ranked No. 16 in the "Town-Gown Relations are Great," which shows the tight-knit relationship between the campus and its local community and businesses.

"Westminster has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the country by The Princeton Review for more than a decade," Westminster president Steve Morgan said in a statement. "The fact that our students continue to praise the college for its quality of life, sustainability efforts, academics and community relations speaks volumes about the high-quality educational experience we provide. As the only private, liberal arts college in the state that offers professional programs, we provide tremendous value to our students, which is reflected through this recognition."

"The Best 380 Colleges" includes the school's rating scores from eight categories, including Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety and Green, according to The Princeton Review. These ratings were taken from a survey given to school administrators.

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It also features a list of the top-20 schools in 62 categories, such as "Best Career Services," "Great Financial Aid" and "Their Students Love These Colleges." The data from the categories come from The Princeton Review's surveys of 136,000 students who go to these colleges.

The survey includes 80 questions asking students to rate their colleges on things like academics, the administration, the student body and themselves, The Princeton Review reported.

According to the survey methodology, the students ranked their school on a five-point Likert scale that included answers like "excellent" and "awful."

In the 2016 edition of the guide, students rave about Westminster's nursing program, its "intimate classes" and its professors. It was also complimented for sitting in "an urban setting that has easy access to the outdoors" and for being just "15 minutes away from outdoor recreation areas." A lot of students noted the small campus, the great location and the safe neighborhood, according to Westminster College.

The colleges are not ranked from 1 to 380.

"Every college in our book has outstanding academics," Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president-publisher, said in a statement. "While our purpose is not to crown one college academically 'best' overall or to rank the schools 1 to 380 on any single topic, our lists provide direct student feedback on the schools' campus culture, program offerings and cost. Our goal is to help applicants choose and get into their dream college — the college best for them."

Brigham Young University was also recognized in the "Best 380 Colleges" for being the most "stone-cold sober" school.

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