Menlo College Named a “Best in the West” College by the Princeton Review

Menlo College, “Silicon Valley's Business School,” is one of the best colleges and universities in the West according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected the school as one of 123 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the West” section on its website feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region that posted July 27, 2009. The Princeton Review, reported that students are “roundly positive in their summation of academics at Menlo, students prize Menlo's “incredible faculty” and say that, “the student to teacher ratio is awesome.” The “small class sizes” and “close-knit community” work in conjunction to “provide a unique experience that wouldn't be possible at a larger university.”

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's V.P., Publishing, “We chose Menlo College and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale. We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school's customers—their students—report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey.”

“Menlo College is riding on a positive wave of great news,” said President G. Timothy Haight upon hearing of The Princeton Review recognition. “With our three new majors in accounting, finance, and marketing, reaffirmation of WASC accreditation, plus the addition of several highly qualified—academically and professionally—faculty, we are producing the next generation of business leaders.

The 123 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year's “Best in the West” designations are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 141 in the Southeast, and 158 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company's 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its site. The 640 colleges named “regional best(s)” represent only about 25% (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region website section. Here's a selection of what Menlo College students told The Princeton Review: “they (the professors) know how to interact and connect with their students,” and they work effectively with their small class sizes to “create a deep, discussion-focused environment.” The majority of students attend Menlo for its business program and love that Menlo is “a business school where the professors know my name.” Also, “the professors have been in the business world” and utilize their real world experiences to support what they are teaching.”

Because personal attention to students is the focus of academics and campus life, Provost Jim Kelly said he was particularly gratified to read student comments saying, “The administration at Menlo “will go out of their way to help you,” and both administration and faculty go the extra mile and “go out of their way to make sure you are keeping up with the work” and “want you to do a good job.” Also at Menlo, despite its smaller size, “there is a huge opportunity for networking.”