MARQUETTE Ã‚– Northern Michigan University is one of The Princeton ReviewÃ‚’s Ã‚“Best Midwestern CollegesÃ‚” for 2005. The distinction comes on the heels of last weekÃ‚’s announcement that NMU ranks 13th in the top tier of Midwest public universities by U.S. News & World Report magazine.Ã‚
The Princeton Review named 170 institutions Ã‚– public and private Ã‚– from 13 states to the Ã‚“Best Midwestern CollegesÃ‚” list. Each had to meet standards for academic excellence within its region. The publication also sent representatives to each campus to distribute and collect a 70-question student survey about campus life.
In its summary of survey responses from NMU, The Princeton Review wrote, Ã‚“Whatever the source, everyone agrees, Ã‚‘There is a definite sense of unity at NMU.Ã‚’ With little exception, students characterize their classmates as Ã‚‘friendly, down to earth and easy to get along with.Ã‚’ Ã‚… Ã‚‘Last year we had almost 300 inches of snow. You wouldnÃ‚’t believe how people stick together through a winter like that,Ã‚’ explains one student, describing the close-knit atmosphere on the Northern campus.Ã‚”
The survey questions are divided into the following sections: about yourself; your schoolÃ‚’s academics; administration; students; and life at your school.
The Princeton Review developed a line of five regional Ã‚“Best CollegeÃ‚” guides last year to join its flagship publication, The Best 357 Colleges.