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UST Named "Best in the West" College by Princeton Review

University of St. Thomas is one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists UST among the "Best in the West" in its 2018 edition of the best colleges in America. Only 127 colleges in fifteen Western states made The Princeton Review's "Best in the West" list for 2018.
Students stand outside of the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas in Houston TexasIn its website profile on University of St. Thomas, The Princeton Review describes the college as "a modest-sized Catholic school with a liberal arts flavor" and commends it for "professors expect a lot from you. There is no spoon-feeding," attests a junior, “but you actually learn.”

"We chose University of St. Thomas and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

"We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project," Franek added.  "We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections."

Image: The Princeton Review “The Princeton Review continues to honor the University of St. Thomas as a best-in-the-West university,” said Dr. Dominic Aquila, provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Thomas.  “UST students who participated in the Princeton’s Review interviews celebrate St. Thomas’s academic rigor, and the way faculty challenge them to think. St. Thomas’s students and alumni succeed because they demonstrate outstanding abilities in critical, integrative, and imaginative thinking. This education of the mind is coupled with a formation of heart and strong ethical commitments, which make our students professionally successful and leaders in their communities and families.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Some student comments in the profile on University of St. Thomas are “Life at UST is pretty chill" and “diversity is welcomed, embraced and celebrated." at UST.  The profiles also have a "Survey Says" list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement. The "Survey Says" list for University of St. Thomas reports "The experience at UST is amazing" and "Friendliness is the name of the game.”

The Princeton Review also scores the schools on its "Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists in six categories. The scores – which are ratings on a scale of 60 to 99 – appear on the school profiles. They are tallied primarily from institutional data the company obtained from the colleges. Some also factor in student survey data. University of St. Thomas received the following rating scores:  Academics: [81], Admissions Selectivity [83} Financial Aid [71], Fire Safety [95], and Quality of Life [89].

Collectively, the 658 colleges on The Princeton Review's  "regional best" lists constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 658 colleges, either overall, by region, or in various categories. However, some schools on the "regional best" lists that also appear in The Princeton Review's book, The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition, appear on some of the company's 62 ranking lists of "top 20 colleges" that are published in that book. All of those ranking lists are based entirely on the company's surveys of students at the 382 schools in the book.

The 127 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the West" 2018 list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 229 colleges in the Northeast, 158 in the Midwest, 140 in the Southeast and 4 abroad as best in their locales on the company’s "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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