Wabash Shines in Princeton Review
by Kim Johnson
August 4, 2015
Once again Wabash College was named one of the best institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review in its annual college guide.
Inclusion in the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges” means that Wabash ranks among the top 15 percent of 2,500 U.S.-based four-year colleges. The review includes detailed profiles of the best schools with rating scores in eight categories. Wabash received an overall academic rating of 93 with scores of 98 and 99 in the categories associated with teaching faculty.
In addition, the Princeton Review’s college guide includes lists of top-20 schools in 62 categories, which are based on surveys of 130,000 college students collected during the 2014-15 academic year.
Wabash ranked in the top-20 in eight categories.
"These rankings reflect what I'm privileged to see everyday: students engaged in the development of their full selves, in the classrooms with their professors, in the theater with their directors, on the fields with their coaches, and in their living units - alongside their smart, talented, and focused peers and fellow leaders," said Dean of Students Mike Raters.
The liberal arts college for men consistently gets high ratings for its faculty, including No. 5 for the “Most Accessible Professors” and No. 19 for “Professors Get High Marks.” Students cited highly knowledgeable “top notch” faculty who push them academically and challenge their thinking, but are supportive and helpful. For the first time Wabash ranked in the top-20 (No. 7) for Best College Theater.
“I appreciate the recognition from the Princeton Review,” said Dean of the College Scott Feller. “The high ranking for faculty accessibility and engagement is not surprising based on the conversations I have with our students on a daily basis. The high ranking for our Theater program is especially well deserved and reflects the work of a group of incredibly talented students, staff, and faculty who enrich our campus community.”
Long time Wabash Theater Professor Dwight Watson said, “It is an honor to be recognized as a top-ranking theater program. I am extremely pleased that others may see this ranking and may come to know and appreciate the teaching and creative energy of our theater faculty and Wabash students.”
The College’s Schroeder Center for Career Development again received high marks for its efforts, ranking No. 11 in “Best Career Services.”
“We continue to be extremely pleased with our national rankings related to Career Services,” said Dean for Professional Development Alan P. Hill. “Because of the strong alumni and family support and mentoring, our young men realize professional outcomes that lead to successful lives.”
Among the other top-20 rankings, Wabash also ranked No. 11 in both “Best Athletic Facilities” and “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports,” No. 15 in “Lots of Greek Life,” and No. 3 in “Easiest Campus to Get Around.”
Dean of Students Mike Raters said, “These rankings reflect what I’m privileged to see everyday: students engaged in the development of their full selves, in the classrooms with their inspirational professors, in the theater with their creative directors, on the fields with their motivational coaches, and in their living units with their smart, talented, and focused peers and fellow leaders.”
Wabash has been featured in every edition of the Princeton Review’s college guide since the service was established.
“The Princeton Review quantifies what we have known all along about Wabash College,” said Dean for Enrollment Management Mike Thorp. “We are able to provide our students with a high quality educational experience that spans well beyond the classroom.”