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Princeton Review Names OBU Best in the West for 18th Year

September 6, 2022

The Princeton Review has named OBU as one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for the 18th consecutive year. OBU was one of the 126 institutions named for its academic standing in the “Best in the West” section of the educational research firm’s website feature, “2023 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

The Princeton Review annually salutes colleges and universities across the nation as academically exceptional and well worth the consideration of potential students. Universities are recognized in five different zones: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International. OBU is one of only seven Oklahoma universities included in the “Best in the West” list for academic excellence.

The Princeton Review's 85-question survey asks students to rate their professors, administrators, school services, and other aspects of life at their colleges and to report on their campus and community experiences. Surveys of 160,000 students, about 400 per college on average, were tallied for the rankings lists for 2023. The surveys were conducted in 2021-22 and/or the previous two academic years.

Quotes taken from the student surveys have been featured on the university’s profile page, giving insight to how students feel about campus life and their professors on Bison Hill. One student noted, “OBU has a fantastic education curriculum. It incorporates faith and learning, which is applicable to our everyday lives.” All OBU faculty are active Christians and professors are described as “passionate” and “inspiring.” As one student explains, “professors are engaging, encouraging and happy to help students.” One nursing major noted that as a result of OBU's excellent teachers, "I have flourished here.” Outstanding academics and a prevailing respect for “amazing” professors are how most students define their educational experience at OBU.

The Princeton Review was founded in 1981 and is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admissions services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors; online resources; more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House; and dozens of categories of school rankings. The company’s brand is one of the largest online tutoring services in the U.S. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 21 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York and is not affiliated with Princeton University.