Hardin-Simmons University Named “A BEST IN THE WEST” College by The Princeton Review

Hardin-Simmons University Named “A BEST IN THE WEST” College by The Princeton Review

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

“2013 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION” Hardin-Simmons University is one of the best colleges in the West according tothe nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 122 institutions The PrincetonReview recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website, “2013 BestColleges: Region by Region.”    “We’re pleased to recommend Hardin-SimmonsUniversity to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn theirundergrad degree. We chose it and the other institutions we name as ‘regionalbest’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” says RobertFranek, Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher. {{more}}  “From several hundredschools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data wecollected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, andthe opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendationswe invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported tous about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey for thisproject. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students areeligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”    “It is affirming once againto receive this special “Best in the West” recognition,” says HSU president Dr.Lanny Hall. “This good news serves to encourage all of us who serve at HSU tocontinue our efforts to provide high-quality education, enlightened by faith.”   The 122colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list arelocated in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, andWyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 222 colleges in the Northeast,153 in the Midwest, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on thecompany’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regionalbest” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.   For this project, ThePrinceton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schoolson several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of thecampus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, andtheir campus life.   Comments from surveyed studentsat HSU include: “Hardin-Simmons radiates a Christian vibe. The campus is abuzzwith wholesome activity. “You could be busy every moment if youchose.” Intramural sports, “campus-wide games like scavengerhunts,” service organizations, and social clubs are popular. “Big lawns are available for spontaneous recreationalactivities.” “…Hardin-Simmons radiates a Christian vibe. Thecampus is abuzz with wholesome activity. You could be busy every moment if youchose.” “Intramural sports,campus-wide games like scavenger hunts, service organizations, and social clubs are popular. Big lawns are available forspontaneous recreational activities. You can go to sporting events, see plays,or just chill and watch movies.” “HSU excels at instillingChristian educational values in its career-oriented undergrads. The theologyand ministry programs are renowned. The nursing program is strong and wellknown. Education, music, physical therapy, and the hard sciences are reportedlyexcellent as well.”   “Hardin-Simmons also boastsa tuition guarantee program. If you stay enrolled full-time and don’t flunkout, your tuition won’t go up as long as you are an undergrad here.” “Personalattention from faculty members is ample. I am not another number in aclassroom,” beams a nursing major. “I am a person to them.’” http://www.princetonreview.com/schools/college/CollegeBasics.aspx?iid=1022753