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Beloit named a “Best” college – especially for vegetarians – by Princeton Review

August 5, 2011

College figures prominently in Princeton Review’s latest rankings

Beloit College’s “Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging, clove-smoking vegetarians” have caught some national attention this week. In fact, the college ranked  fourth in that highly descriptive category, according to The Princeton Review.

The nationally known education services company also named Beloit College as one of the country’s 367 “Best” institutions and one of the best colleges in the Midwest. In fact, it is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review listed in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” posted Monday on Princeton

“The focus is great teaching grounded in rigorous study that encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors,” wrote The Princeton Review of Beloit College. “The college is a dynamic and uncommonly diverse community where cliques, stereotypes, and exclusivity are left behind and the flexible curriculum is interdisciplinary, experiential, and global in scope.”

With 40-plus nations represented in its student body and with more than 30 international programs to choose from, Beloit College’s emphasis in international perspectives also did not go unnoticed.

The Princeton Review ranked Beloit College number 12 in the category of “Lots of Race/Class Interaction,” which looks at how often and how easily different types of students interact with each other.

“While we choose to never overplay rankings, it is indeed always nice to be recognized for the quality of our academic programs and overall experience that our students enjoy,” said Jim Zielinski, director of admissions for Beloit College. “Indeed, I think it is important to note that a key factor in being selected for this recognition was based on the satisfaction that our own students expressed in surveys conducted by Princeton Review.”

The 153 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 121 in the West, and 135 in the Southwest 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.

The colleges were selected based on institutional data, school visits, recommendations of college counselors and advisors, and responses to 80-question student surveys.

See student responses to the Princeton Review’s more colorful classifications in a second Terrarium story on the subject.