• Getting around Southwestern's campus is easy, thanks to its fleet of free Pirate Bikes.
    Getting around Southwestern's campus is easy, thanks to its fleet of free Pirate Bikes.

Southwestern’s campus frequently draws positive reviews from visitors. Now, a popular college guidebook agrees.

In the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review’s, The Best 371 Colleges, Southwestern was ranked 17th on the list titled “Easiest Campus to Get Around.”

Bob Mathis, associate vice president for facilities and campus services, said he’s not surprised by the ranking.

“The reason our campus is so easy to get around goes back to our master plan,” Mathis said. “This campus was designed to be pedestrian-friendly. Over the years we have constantly removed obstacles such as roads through campus to allow people to get around.”

Mathis said buildings on campus also have been spaced out so that people can get visual cues and don’t feel “trapped.”

“You can stand in the middle of the Academic Mall and see almost every academic building on campus,” he said.

Students also can get across campus quicker thanks to the university’s fleet of free Pirate Bikes, which was introduced in 2005.

“The bikes are a big plus,” said Duncan Alexander, a senior studio art major. “The trick is just knowing where people leave them.”

This is the second time in three years that Southwestern has made one of the lists in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” book.

In the 2008 edition of The Best 366 Colleges, Southwestern was ranked #7 in the country for Best Career/Job Placement Services.

This was the first year the Princeton Review compiled a list of campuses that were the easiest to get around.

The 2010 edition of the guidebook was based on a survey of 122,000 students attending the colleges profiled. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from student assessments of their professors, administrators, financial aid and campus food.



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