Southwestern Declared One of the Best 382 Colleges by Princeton Review
Southwestern is once again included in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 382 Colleges. For the 2018 rankings, the University was also highlighted in “Colleges that Pays You Back,” recognized for its commitment to sustainability, included on the Best Career Services list, and named an “Impact School.”
In the new book by The Princeton Review, Southwestern’s profile reads, “Known as ‘Texas’ first university,’ Southwestern University is a small liberal arts school of around 1,600 or so for students who develop a passion for lifelong learning and a desire to contribute to society. The school focuses on building connections between different disciplines, which is at the heart of the unique ‘Paideia experience.’ Paideia is actually a common occurrence in all classes, and professors ‘actively seek to make connections across disciplines and encourage students to do the same.’ Southwestern is a draw for ‘thinkers and learners, for people who like to be challenged and have fun at the same time.’”
More specifically, the book notes that students say professors encourage critical thinking. The book says one student mentioned “‘since the classes are small, professors ‘all know you by name (even if you don’t have their class!).’ They teach the course material ‘with passion and interesting perspectives/mediums that allow for better retention and integrative understanding.’ They ‘not only push us to be better but know we are capable of it, even if we as students aren’t sure that we are.’ The course load here is “very demanding but worth it.’ “Southwestern is all about making a connection with the people around you while making connections between the subjects you study.’”
Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, it has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories. The book also has ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories.. All of the ranking lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.
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