UM-Flint Named "A Best in the Midwest" College by The Princeton Review

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The University of Michigan-Flint is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region." on  In The Princeton Review profile, UM-Flint is described by students as "transforming the way people view Flint, Michigan."

"We're pleased to recommend the University of Michigan-Flint to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior VP / publisher.  "From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."

"We are pleased to again be selected as one of the best colleges in the Midwest," according to Chancellor Ruth Person. "What makes us proudest is not just our selection, but what our students say about the quality of our faculty and campus."

The 153 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "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.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Additional comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.  Some student comments in the profile are "an inviting and intellectually stimulating environment to grow in" and "if you had to pick running themes, it would be 'friendly' and 'from Flint.'"

Founded in 1956, UM-Flint is a regional campus of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, offering over 100 areas of graduate and undergraduate study. UM-Flint is nationally recognized for academics, civic engagement, and for outreach and service to student veterans.  Its sweeping 72-acre campus is located along the Flint River in the heart of Flint, Michigan.

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