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Princeton Review Names UST Among “Best In the West"

The University of St. Thomas was named as one of the best colleges and universities in the West by The Princeton Review. The education services company selected the school as one of 120 institutions it recommends to college applicants in its "Best in the West" section on its Web site feature, 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region that posted August 2, 2010.

In the online profile at, UST is described as a place where students admire the academic rigor and rave about the small-school feel, where diversity is welcomed embraced and celebrated.

"We chose the University of St. Thomas and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Vice President Publishing. “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." 

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its 2011 Best Colleges Region by Region Web site section.   The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students 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. 

Some student comments in the profile on St. Thomas profile include: "Friendliness is the name of the game at UST,” a sophomore wrote. “Fitting in is as easy as walking up and striking up a conversation.”

That friendliness extends to the faculty and staff, another UST student commented online, “Having grown up attending large public schools, there’s something to be said for smaller schools where you’re not treated like a number, but a real person. Each of my professors and advisors know me personally before the end of my first semester. They are truly concerned with making sure that you fully understand the material and you are getting the most out of your academic experience.”