Princeton Review's Best Midwestern Colleges

I noticed a few Minnesota colleges tooting their horns last week about making Princeton Review’s list of Best Midwestern Colleges. It’s part of the 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region list, which is a separate list from the rankings I posted last week.

The list on the Princeton Review’s Web site has been practically inaccessible (at least for me) for a number of days, so good luck trying to get on.

Below are the schools that made the list, which had 152 institutions in the region. They aren’t ranked.

Augsburg College

Carleton College

College of Saint Scholastica

College of St. Catherine

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamline University

Macalester College

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

North Central College

Saint Mary’s Univ of MN

St. Olaf College

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

University of Minnesota, Crookston

University of Saint Thomas

Winona State University

Again, I couldn’t get onto the site for information about the rankings. So I got this background from the Winona State University Web site entry:

According to the Princeton Review these colleges represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

Of course, here’s the caveat for a lot of people:

The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges: Region by Region” rankings are based on student opinion data from the schools. Students are asked to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

Still, it’s a fun read for a Monday morning.