Princeton Review Names NWU One of the Best in the Midwest
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Princeton Review: Best in the Midwest

The Princeton Review has named NWU to its list of best colleges in the Midwest. Niche has also released its annual rankings and named NWU second among the state's private colleges.

Nebraska Wesleyan University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review, which released its annual best colleges list on August 18.

NWU was named among 158 colleges in the Princeton Review’s “Midwest region” category. The schools are not listed in a ranked numerical order.

The Princeton Review’s college rankings are entirely based on surveys of college students who rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences. Students were asked about their professors, school services, campus culture and other facets at their schools.

Nebraska Wesleyan students celebrated preparation for post-graduate academics including medical school, graduate school and law school placement. Students ranked highly the individualized attention they receive from their professors.

“Once I declared my major, I became part of a family,” said one student. “I know my communication professors better than I knew the teachers at my small, hometown high school.”

Students also hailed the popularity of campus events including theatre productions, concerts, sporting events and Greek-sponsored activities. Students also recognized the university’s work to increase diversity and inclusion.

“It’s a small community much like a large family where it’s easy to make friends and feel accepted,” said one student.

The “Best in the Midwest” category includes colleges in 12 states including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The complete rankings for NWU can be found on the Princeton Review “Midwest” category webpage.

On August 24, Niche released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings, ranking NWU third among all colleges in Nebraska and second in private colleges.

Niche rankings are based on analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with reviews from students and alumni. Niche also recognized NWU as the No. 1 best small college in Nebraska, No. 2 best colleges for business in Nebraska, No. 2 best colleges in nursing in Nebraska, No. 3 best value college in Nebraska and No. 3 college with the best student life in Nebraska.