July 30, 2008
Texas Tech University is one of the best colleges and universities in the West according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected the school on its Website feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
“We are honored to be chosen as one of the Best Colleges in the West,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance. “Being honored in this way allows us to continue to recruit the best students and faculty to our university. Top students use resources like The Princeton Review when choosing a university and they will be able to see that Texas Tech is one of the best.”
“It flattering to be ranked high in this national survey,” said Michael Shonrock, Texas Tech vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “As the Princeton Review relies heavily on student input to develop its ratings, it tells me that we are providing a great education and an exceptional college experience for graduates.”
The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation courses, books, and college admission and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.
“We commend all of the schools we name this year as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing. “We selected them based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers, their students, report to us about their campus experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey. Finally, we work to have our annual roster of ‘regional best’ colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale."
The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its Best Colleges: Region by Region Web site section.