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By Janlyn Thaxton



Hardin-Simmons University 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, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publishing, “We’re pleased to recommend Hardin-Simmons University to users of our website as one of the best schools to earn an undergrad degree.” “We chose it as a ‘regional best’ college mainly for its excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we narrowed 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,” continued Franek.{{more}}“We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences 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.” Hardin-Simmons University president Dr. Lanny Hall says, “HSU is committed to offering our students an education that helps them reach their full potential. We have about 13 students to every professor, so HSU students receive a great deal of personal attention. We are very proud to be included in the 2011 Best in the West rankings by The Princeton Review. This is the kind of information families and prospective students need to know when considering which college is right for them.”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 bests” 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.Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Student comments in the profile on Hardin-Simmons; “Students here hold open doors and say ‘hello.’ They’re like typical students elsewhere, only minus rampant partying. Mostly, goofy fun abounds, like bringing pillows and sleeping bags out to the campus lawn and watching movies on someone’s TV. Many nights we will end up at Wal-Mart playing hide-and-go-seek or some other childish game,” explains a sophomore. Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA, with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.About Hardin-Simmons University:Hardin-Simmons University, founded in 1891 in Abilene, Texas, is a fully accredited church-related Master’s University. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941, HSU provides excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values. HSU offers seven undergraduate degrees with 70 fields of study and 10 graduate degrees with 20 programs, including the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Pre-professional programs include dentistry, engineering, medicine, law, pharmacy, and seminary.About The Princeton Review:The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website,, the Company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review also partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education.

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