|by Jim Amidon • August 22, 2006|
Wabash College is once again prominently featured in the Princeton Review’s 2007 college guide, "The Best 361 Colleges," now available from Random House/Princeton Review publishing.
Wabash is among just 15 percent of American and Canadian colleges and universities honored in the guide, which includes two-page profiles developed from factual data and student surveys.
"We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics," said publisher Robert Fronek. "We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from and survey year-long."
In its profile on Wabash, The Princeton Review says, "Undertaking higher education at Wabash College entails a lot of ‘thinking about what it means to be a man, challenging current definitions, and graduating as a gentleman.’
"All Wabash men relate to each other based on shared interests in studies and career, politics, social events, and community service, as well as ‘a common feeling of invincibility among us.’"
The ranking lists in the 2007 edition of "The Best 361 Colleges" are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 115,000 students (about 300 per campus on average) attending the 361 colleges in the book. A college's appearance on these lists is attributable to a high consensus among its surveyed students about the subject. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Ranking lists report the top 20 schools in categories that range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, interest in sports and other aspects of campus life.
In the book’s student survey-based rankings, Wabash is ranked among the top-20 in the nation in six categories:
2 - Everyone plays intramural sports
3 - Professor Make Themselves Available
4 – Jock Schools
7 – Major Fraternity Scene
8 – School Runs Like Butter
10 – Students Happy with Financial Aid
Wabash also stands out in this year's U.S. News & World Report 2007 College Guide, ranking 51st among the nation's liberal arts colleges and 14th nationally in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" section. Wabash is included in the third edition of Loren Pope's award-winning book Colleges That Change Lives, and this year was written up in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's book 50 All-American Colleges.