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Lawrence Tech earns 'Best in the Midwest' designation

Release Date: August 22, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University has earned the “Best in the Midwest” designation for the fourth year in a row from The Princeton Review, based on academic excellence and a student survey.

To receive the “Best in the Midwest” designation in the “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” school selections, colleges first had to meet standards for academic excellence within their region. Lawrence Tech was among the 153 colleges selected in the 12-state Midwest Region and 633 colleges selected overall, representing 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

“We’re pleased to recommend Lawrence Technological University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president of The Princeton Review, a standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company.

Inclusion on the prestigious list also depended on the results of an anonymous survey that asked 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.

According to The Princeton Review, LTU undergraduates speak highly of their “very knowledgeable” professors who endeavor to “create opportunities for students” and strive to make sure “that they have all the tools to succeed.”

The Princeton Review noted that Lawrence Tech students describe their teachers as “enthusiastic” and “highly motivated” educators who “bring [their] material to life” and allow undergrads to “have fun.” Overall, undergraduates see Lawrence as “all about pushing students to learn everything they can in the classroom and be[ing] able [to use that knowledge] in the real world.”

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.