Hardin-Simmons University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 122 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
“We're pleased to recommend Hardin-Simmons University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher.
“From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists."
“It is affirming once again to receive this special “Best in the West” recognition,” says HSU president Dr. Lanny Hall. “This good news serves to encourage all of us who serve at HSU to continue our efforts to provide high-quality education, enlightened by faith.”
The 122 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 222 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools 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.
Comments from surveyed students at HSU include:
“Hardin-Simmons radiates a Christian vibe. The campus is abuzz with wholesome activity. You could be busy every moment if you chose.”
“Intramural sports, campus-wide games like scavenger hunts, service organizations, and social clubs (HSU’s version of a Greek system) are popular. Big lawns are available for spontaneous recreational activities. You can go to sporting events, see plays, or just chill and watch movies.”
“HSU excels at instilling Christian educational values in its career-oriented undergrads. The theology and ministry programs are renowned. The nursing program is strong and well known. Education, music, physical therapy, and the hard sciences are reportedly excellent as well.”
“Hardin-Simmons also boasts a tuition guarantee program. If you stay enrolled full-time and don't flunk out, your tuition won’t go up as long as you are an undergrad here.” “Personal attention from faculty members is ample. I am not another number in a classroom,” beams a nursing major. “I am a person to them.’”
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