MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University is included in the first edition of The Best Midwestern Colleges, a higher education guide compiled by The Princeton Review. NMU is among 150 schools featured as the top choices in 11 states.

The book includes two-page narrative profiles with information and data on admissions, financial aid, student body demographics, and academics. It also incorporates feedback from current students obtained through a 70-question survey about campus life. 

Students said they chose NMU because of its “small class sizes, reasonable in-state tuition and excellent education and nursing programs.” The report indicates a majority of students agree that the most rewarding aspect of undergraduate life at Northern is the level of support and personal attention they receive from the faculty.

The profiles also include The Princeton Review’s ratings of each school’s academics, admissions, financial aid, and quality of life – plus its “Inside Word” on admission patterns.

The Princeton Review has published a flagship book, The Best 351 Colleges. According to a company news release, it developed a new line of five regional college guides based on the trend of students increasingly choosing colleges closer to home:

“Tuition increases, travel costs, the affordability of state schools, the downturn in the economy and concerns about terrorism have all contributed to this … A Horatio Alger Association study reported that 56 percent of students it surveyed would rather attend a college within driving distance of home.”

The five regional “Best College” guides all have an index of schools by state. They are part of a line of college- and learning-related books developed by The Princeton Review and published by Random House.

Prepared By
Miriam Moeller and Kristi Evans
News Director