USM Named a ‘Best Midwestern College’ for the 13th Straight Year

8/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review—a distinction USM has now earned for 13 consecutive years.
Inclusion on one of the Princeton Review’s regional “best of” lists honors schools for their commitment to academic excellence. USM was one of only 158 colleges to make the Midwestern region—which includes 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

In the Kansas City area, USM is one of only a half-dozen named a “Best Midwestern College” winner.
"We chose the University of Saint Mary and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.
"We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project," Franek added. "We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students—whom we consider their customers—make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections." 
The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues, from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities, and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.
Dr. Michelle Metzinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Saint Mary, noted that “we are grateful to be continually recognized by the Princeton Review as a ‘Best Midwestern College.’ This recognition attests to the dedication of our faculty and staff in providing an exceptional overall experience for our students.  This honor is a testament that our efforts are well received. Saint Mary students see our mission in action and are very pleased with our university—and that’s what really matters.”


The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park Campus at 4500 College Boulevard offers evening accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit for more information.

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