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Wittenberg Named Among Nation’s Best By Princeton Review

August 25, 2012  
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Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, and among the nation’s Top 20 for “Most Accessible Professors,” according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges.

Wittenberg is in elite company considering that only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. The guide also includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories, based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

“We commend Wittenberg for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, and publisher and author of The Best 377 Colleges. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.  We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

In its profile on Wittenberg, The Princeton Review praises the school for how it “emphasizes personal attention and development of the person as a whole.” The guide also quotes extensively from Wittenberg students the company surveyed for the book.  As one student shared, Wittenberg “’encourages students to try new things’ both inside and outside the classroom to ‘broaden student horizons.’ In so doing, students become ‘committed to their own success and the success of the greater school community.’” 

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category.  Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of “top 20″ colleges in various categories with Wittenberg earning the 14th position on the list of “Most Accessible Professors” in this edition.

As one student explained, Wittenberg professors “do a great job of creating a dialogue in the classroom with students and between students that extends beyond the classroom.” Other student comments in the guide note that Wittenberg professors “are always willing to meet up and discuss anything that is on our minds.”

Wittenberg’s iconic Myers Hall has been at the heart of the relationships between professors and students almost since the university’s founding in 1845.

The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review’s opinion of the schools.  The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them.

A nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wittenberg University previously ranked 11th in the nation for “Best Classroom Experience” and 15th in the category “Professors Get High Marks” in the 2011 edition of the same Princeton Review-sponsored guide. Additionally, Wittenberg has had more Ohio Professor of the Year recipients than any other four-year institution in the state, and The Chronicle of Higher Education named Wittenberg one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars among bachelor degree-granting institutions in 2010. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in service and athletics. For more on Wittenberg, visit


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