Michigan Tech Among "Best in Midwest"

By Dennis Walikainen | Published

Michigan Technological University has been rated one of the best universities in the Midwest for the second year in a row, according to the Princeton Review. Tech is one of 153 institutions the Princeton Review recommends in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” on PrincetonReview.com.

Michigan Tech was also included in Princeton Review’s “Best 377 Colleges” publication, which spotlights the top 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the US. The publication includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories. It also ranks the top 20 schools in 62 categories. The rankings are based in part on Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.  The website and publication focus on undergraduate education.

"We commend Michigan Tech for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.”

In the individual categories, Michigan Tech ranked in the nation’s top 20 in fire safety and scored highly in quality of life and the green category, which is the “measure of the University’s commitment to the environment in its policies, practices and education programs.”

Student comments in the profile say that Michigan Tech has “very high standards” and offers “serious study in a beautiful (often snowy) environment.” Students also commented that Tech offers “lots of internship and co-op opportunities” and “pathways for career development and professional advancement.” The students also like the variety of organizations and winter activities they can get involved in.

“We believe our ranking in the Princeton Review reflects our academic reputation, along with the adventurous spirit of our students, as we prepare them for top jobs,” said Les Cook, vice president for student affairs. “Michigan Tech creates opportunities for students to explore, engage and excel in making an impact on our world.”

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.