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

Menlo College is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 120 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 2, 2010 on PrincetonReview.com.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publishing, “We're pleased to recommend Menlo College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. 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. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists.”

The 120 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list 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, 152 in the Midwest, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools 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.

“What I am most impressed by, in our once again receiving The Princeton Review designation as Best in the West, are the outstanding comments made by our students that perfectly reflect the strategic vision of Menlo,” said President Tim Haight.

According to The Princeton Review, students say about each other that they are very outgoing and value the international perspective at the College, and that they will be more prepared in the workforce because of their friendships with peers from different countries. They are business majors in accounting, finance, marketing, and management, and many are student-athletes. Because of the College's small size and campus life activities, they all know each other.

“It is clear that our students are getting The Menlo Advantage that will provide them with the skills and personal and business connections that can lead to lifelong success,” said President Haight.

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