The Princeton Review has once again included Westminster College in its annual guide of colleges, “The Best 373 Colleges,” which profiles schools that offer students the best undergraduate experiences in the country. This prestigious national college guide puts Westminster among the top 15% of all four-year colleges in America as determined by the Princeton Review.
Westminster was singled out for special recognition in the categories of “Quality of Life,” in which Westminster ranks 13th nationally, and “Town-Gown Relations are Great,” where Westminster ranks 15th. The primary criteria for inclusion in the guide are outstanding academics and survey data from students attending the school
In its profile, the Princeton Review quotes extensively from Westminster students who boast that the college’s “academically challenging” programs, combined with the opportunity to “ski, climb, work, attend classes, hang out with friends, and be active on campus every day” make Westminster “the absolute best package of any college available.” Pre-professional programs such as nursing, education and business are praised for preparing students for “a global career” and “being able to work in many different cultures.” Students also note that “it’s very easy to meet people as well as to do many different things in the local area.”
Students comment that small class sizes give them “the opportunity to be seen and heard by their professors.” They also say that the focus on student learning makes classes less about “strict lecturing and more [about] discussion-based learning.”
Westminster President Michael Bassis remarked, “We could not be more pleased to be included in the Princeton Review’s top colleges for the third year in a row, and to be singled out as having an outstanding quality of life and relationship with our Sugar House community. Since the Review bases its decisions largely on the comments and evaluation of an institution’s own students, this demonstrates that our students recognize the value of Westminster’s unique environment for learning.”
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