Westminster Breaks "Best 361" Barrier
August 23, 2006
by Julie Rose
Private College Now on Prestigious Princeton Review List
(KCPW News) Westminster College broke an exclusive barrier this week to become one of the Princeton Review's top 361 colleges in the nation.
"We're usually not a fan of college rankings, but it certainly is nice to be included in a book that is as widely read as the Princeton Review," says Westminster College President Michael Bassis.
He credits the school's small student body, professional programs and liberal arts focus in making the prestigious list. Westminster is one of only two schools in the nation added to the list this year. Rankings are based on academic performance and surveys of student and parents. One-third of Westminster's incoming freshmen are from out of state this year, and the new visibility could result in even more. President Bassis says that fits the school's mission:
"I think we'll always be open and accessible to Utah students, but we believe very strongly the more diverse our studentbody, the richer our learning environment," says Bassis. "And for us, that includes having students from different states and from around the world."
The University of Utah and Brigham Young University are also on the Princeton Review's Best 361 Colleges in the Nation list for 2007.