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Princeton Review gives Dordt College a nod

Dordt College has been named among the Best in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. Dordt College is one of the 150 schools from eleven midwestern states profiled in the first edition of The Best Midwestern Colleges. The goal of the guidebook is to identify some of the colleges and universities that stand out within each region and, in particular, to raise awareness of many schools that are less well known outside of their region.

Selected students are asked seventy questions about their school's academics, campus life, and student body, as well as their study hours, politics and opinions. According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review's lead author of the guide, "Each college had to meet two criteria. First it had to meet our criteria for academic excellence within its region. Second, we had to be able to survey its students anonymously, either through our online survey or our paper survey which we distribute and collect on campuses." Input from students attending the colleges provides extensive and candid feedback about what surveyed students think of the schools they are attending.

Only ten other private colleges in the state of Iowa made the Best in the Midwest list. They are Buena Vista in Storm Lake; Central in Pella; Clarke in Dubuque; Coe in Cedar Rapids; Cornell in Mount Vernon, Drake in Des Moines; Grinnell in Grinnell; Luther in Decorah; Morningside in Sioux City and Wartburg in Waverly.