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K-State Today

August 9, 2011



Double feature: K-State makes two lists of the best colleges in the nation

By Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University has once again been recognized as one of the country's best schools by two elite publications.

The Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges" for 2012 picked K-State as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. The Princeton Review also ranks K-State No. 2 in the nation where campus and community relations are great, No. 14 in quality of life and No. 15 in campus food.

The book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide, profiles only about 15 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States.

K-State also was named one of the 121 colleges in the "Best in the West" section of The Princeton Review's "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region." The list includes profiles of 629 schools recognized as the best in four regions: the Northeast, the Southeast, the Midwest and the West. These select schools make up only 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges.

"It is always nice to be recognized by others for what we have always known to be important at K-State --affordability and a great classroom and residential experience in a classic college setting," said Pat Bosco, K-State’s vice president for student life and dean of students. "These ratings are a direct result of the efforts of our faculty and student life staff as well as the relationship that our students and alumni have with the city of Manhattan and the surrounding area. K-State is a great place to live and learn."

The primary criteria for selecting schools in The Princeton Review is outstanding academics, but schools also are selected based on evaluations of institutional data, campus visits, surveys of students, and the opinions of The Princeton Review staff and the company's National College Counselor Advisory Board.

K-State was also ranked one of the country's best schools in Forbes magazine's 2011 Best Colleges List. Forbes' list includes rankings of 650 colleges -- representing the top 20 percent of undergraduate institutions.