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SMC voted ‘Best in the Midwest’ for 2011

Ashley Charnley | Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saint Mary’s has made it into the The Princeton Review’s top 100 on their list of “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” for the eighth time.

The College was also named one of the nation’s “Best Liberal Arts Colleges.”

“We are very pleased to once again be included among The Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Midwest,'” Carol Ann Mooney, president of Saint Mary’s College, said in a release.

Saint Mary’s was selected out of 152 institutions to receive the honor.

Mooney said it is the students and alumnae that truly bring the positive feedback and recognition to the College.

“Our commitment to an excellent intellectual and academic experience for our students is unwavering,” Mooney said. “Our graduates are our best recruiters. Their accomplishments speak volumes about the quality of the educational experience they received here.”

Saint Mary’s has received the honor since the Princeton Review began the rankings.

“We’re pleased to recommend Saint Mary’s College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing.

Franek said the rankings are based on the quality of academic programs at each institution as well as first-hand knowledge of the school’s value.

“The institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges are mainly chosen for their excellent academic programs,” Franek said.

He also said feedback from students is a factor in the decision.

“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,” he said.