Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University has earned the "Best in the Midwest" designation for 2010 from the Princeton Review based on academic excellence and an anonymous student survey.
To receive the "Best in the Midwest" designation in the 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region school selections, colleges first had to meet standards for academic excellence within their region.
"We chose Lawrence Tech and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing.
Inclusion on the prestigious list also depended on the results of an anonymous online 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. The rating categories include academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, quality of life and green rating.
"I chose Lawrence Tech because I wanted to work with the best. The classes are challenging, but you get a lot of support here. The friendly campus made me feel very comfortable," 2008 graduate Brian Murray told the Princeton Review. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science.
The 158 colleges the Princeton Review chose for this year's "Best in the Midwest" designations are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 123 in the West, and 141 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its site. The 640 colleges named regional bests represent only about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.