Huntington named one of 'Best in Midwest' colleges

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected the school as one of 159 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section on its Web site feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

“We commend all of the schools we name this year as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton

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Review’s vice president of publishing. “We selected them based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey. Finally, we work to have our annual roster of ‘regional best’ colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale.”

The 159 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year’s “Best in the Midwest” designations are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 212 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West and 139 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its site. The 630 colleges named “regional best(s)” represent only about 25 percent – one out of four – of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

“It is an honor to be selected by The Princeton Review as one of the best Midwest colleges,” said Dr. Norris Friesen, vice president and dean of Huntington University. “This recognition reflects our commitment to provide a high quality, Christ-centered education within the context of the liberal arts. It also speaks to the incredibly gifted faculty who have chosen to teach at Huntington University. Faculty at Huntington University challenge students to explore the complexity of creation and God and how their Christian faith might influence their communities and their world.”

The Princeton Review ( is a New York-based company known for its test preparation courses, books, and college admission and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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