OBU Named ‘Best in the West’ by Princeton Review

For the sixth consecutive year, Oklahoma Baptist University has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review. OBU was one of 120 institutions recommended in the "Best in the West" section on the educational research firm's website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," posted Aug 2 on http://www.princetonreview.com/.

"We're pleased to recommend Oklahoma Baptist University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing. "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 Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their own school on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

"Oklahoma Baptist University is honored to again be recognized by The Princeton Review for our commitment to excellence in academics and campus life," said OBU President David W. Whitlock. "The fact that the recognition is based on the opinions of OBU students and independent college advisors reflects well on what actually happens on our campus."

According to princetonreview.com, 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."


OBU graduate Kyle Coleman receives congratulations as Danielle Cummins looks on. Positive student opinions helped OBU earn a "Best in the West" university rank for the sixth consecutive year by The Princeton Review.

OBU is one of five Oklahoma schools receiving the merit, among the 120 colleges honored in the 15-state region. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its list hierarchically. Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa also made the list. The "Best in the West" colleges are located in: 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 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review's feature "Best Colleges: Region by Region" can be found here.

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