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Princeton Review names ORU "Best in the West"

Princeton Review logoThe Princeton Review named Oral Roberts University as one of the best colleges in the West. ORU is one of 121 institutions that The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the West" section of its website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," at www.PrincetonReview.com.

"We're pleased to recommend Oral Roberts University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior Vice President of Publishing. "We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. 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 121 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the West" 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 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 629 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues such as the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The schools in The Princeton Review's "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website section are also rated in six categories by The Princeton Review. The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site. Click here to see criteria for rating scores.