OBU Named A “Best In The West” School

Oklahoma Baptist University is one of 123 schools receiving The Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” designation for 2008, based on the publication’s student opinion data collected from colleges and universities across the nation. The annual listing was released August 21.

According to the educational research firm’s website, production of the regional designation feature “is fueled by a desire to raise awareness of academically excellent but lesser-known colleges for students looking to study within a specific geographic area.” The site’s overview states, “Many of these schools are nationally-renowned institutions of higher learning, but others may be less familiar.”

The website also states that colleges selected for the designation must meet two criteria: “First, they had to meet our standards for academic excellence within their region. Second, we had to be able to survey their students anonymously, either through our online survey, or through our paper survey, which we distribute and collect on campus.”

“We commend these institutions for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, publisher and editorial director for the annual publication.

OBU is one of seven schools from the state of Oklahoma receiving this merit. Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa also made the list.

Information on The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges: Region by Region” can be found at http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/regional/.

The Princeton Review: 2008 Best Western Colleges

Abilene Christian University, Albertson College of Idaho, American Jewish University, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus, Austin College, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Brigham Young University (UT), California Institute of Technology, California Institute of the Arts, California State University-Stanislaus, California State University-East Bay, California State University-Long Beach, California State University-San Bernardino, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, College of the Southwest, Colorado College, Colorado State University, Corban College, Deep Springs College, Fort Lewis College, George Fox University, Gonzaga University, Hardin-Simmons University, Harvey Mudd College, Hawaii Pacific University, Humboldt State University, Kansas State University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Loyola Marymount University, Mills College, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Northwest Nazarene University, Occidental College, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University, Oregon State University, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Pacific Lutheran University, Pacific University, Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Portland State University, Prescott College, Reed College, Rice University, Saint Mary’s College of California, Sam Houston State University, Santa Clara University, Scripps College, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Sonoma State University, Southern Methodist University, Southern Utah University, Southwestern University, St. John’s College (NM), Stanford University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University-College Station, Texas Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, Texas State University-San Marcos, Texas Tech University, The Evergreen State College, The Master’s College and Seminary, The University of Montana, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Tulsa, Thomas Aquinas College, Trinity University, United States Air Force Academy, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Arizona, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Dallas, University of Denver, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Houston, University of Idaho, University of Kansas, University of New Mexico, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California, University of St. Thomas (TX), University of the Pacific, University of Utah, University of Washington, University of Wyoming, Utah State University, Vanguard University of Southern California, Walla Walla University, Washington State University, Weber State University, Westminster College, Westmont College, Whitman College, Whittier College, Whitworth College, and Willamette University.