Topic: Administrative

August 1, 2008

For the fourth year in a row, Ball State has been named one of the best universities in the Midwest by the Princeton Review.

The New York -based education services company selected Ball State as one of 159 Midwestern colleges profiled in its ''2009 Best Colleges Region by Region.'' Nationwide, 630 schools - about 25 percent - received the distinction.

Schools receiving the prominent national accolade were selected primarily for their excellent academic programs along with the opinions of students who report to Princeton Review about their campus experiences there, says publisher Robert Franek.

Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora said receiving the recognition four times in as many years shows that Ball State is distinguishing itself as a university where hands-on learning is the hallmark of students' education.

''Our focus on immersive learning is the best preparation we can give our students as they prepare for a competitive job market fueled by constant change,'' Gora said. ''It offers a significant intellectual challenge, and that is something for which we want Ball State to be known. Accolades such as this one are an affirmation of those goals.''

In the past, Ball State also has been cited by Princeton Review as one of the 150 "best values" among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation, with its programs in architecture, entrepreneurship and journalism among those recognized by the company.

For the complete list of "Best in the Midwest" schools, visit Princeton Review's "Best Regional Colleges" listing.