Lawrence Technological University has again been named one of the best in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review. Only 156 colleges and universities in 12 Midwestern states made the list for 2018.
The Framingham, Mass.-based education services company lists LTU among the “2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region” at www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-midwestern.
“We chose Lawrence Tech and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “We also give careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project.”
“This recognition from the Princeton Review is a tribute to the hard work of our students, faculty, and staff,” LTU President Virinder Moudgil said. “It is further evidence that Lawrence Tech’s ‘Theory and Practice’ approach to education helps to mold well-rounded graduates that not only succeed in their careers, but who contribute to building a better society.”
The Princeton Review’s list is based on an 80-question student survey, a survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.
The student survey included questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Colleges had to allow their students to be surveyed in order to be considered. The survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science labs – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.
The Students Say section of LTU’s listing on the website noted that “Lawrence Tech nets students that are ‘very driven and like to succeed.’ Indeed, ‘most students are very enthusiastic about their major and discuss their studies outside of the classroom.’ … They also stress that ‘there is no typical student at Lawrence Tech. Everyone is very different. There are athletes and computer programmers and artists all mixed in with business majors and Greek life.’”
The Princeton Review also ranks Lawrence Tech as one of the nation’s top Green Schools for its environmental programs and focus. It’s also ranked No. 29 in the country for top undergraduate programs in game design.
The Princeton Review’s “regional best” lists constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The colleges that the Princeton Review chose for the “Best in the Midwest” list are located in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.