August 07, 2013

Princeton Review ranks SIU among Midwest’s best

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is once again one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to Princeton Review’s “Best of the Midwest” ranking profiles.

The University is one of 156 colleges and universities chosen by the nationally recognized education services company for its “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” In all, 644 schools nationwide received the designation within the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and West regions.

The regional best lists include only 25 percent of the nation’s approximately 2,500 four-year, public and not-for-profit private degree-granting institutions, chosen primarily for academic excellence.

“The fact that we have earned this recognition again tells prospective students and their families that when we say big things are within reach for our students, we are consistently delivering on that promise,” Chancellor Rita Cheng said. “This ranking reflects the commitment of our faculty and staff to student success and academic excellence.”

The online rankings, which were posted Aug. 5, give prospective undergraduate students a glimpse into universities through various criteria, including asking students attending the schools to rate their own experiences on several issues, including accessibility of professors and campus life.

The Princeton Review also rates universities and colleges in several sections based on institutional data it received from colleges in 2012-13, and or student survey data.  SIU achieved a score of 91 in the financial aid category, on a scale of 60 to 99.  The University also scored an 87 for its “green” rating, and an 84 for both admissions selectivity and fire safety.

The University is also recognized for its sustainability efforts as part of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.”