Westminster College has once again been ranked as one of the “Best 382 Colleges” in the nation by The Princeton Review — and will be included in their 2018 annual college guide. Only 15% of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges are awarded this distinction.

Westminster was also ranked #16 in the nation for “Best Science Lab Facilities,” and named a “Best Western” college and “Green College.”

This year’s survey highlighted the accessibility and personalized attention of Westminster’s faculty. Responders stated Westminster’s small size provides students with “intimate classes” and “professors who truly care about their students.” Many students praised the ability to know all of their “professors on a first-name basis” and that professors are “creative in their teaching methods and focus on helping students to excel and do well in class rather than getting published.”

“We pride ourselves in the devotion of our educators and are truly pleased that this ranking reflects that dedication,” said Stephen Morgan, Westminster president. “We are also honored to receive recognition for our science labs, which have been designed to facilitate active and engaged student learning. The labs are housed in our state-of-the-art Meldrum Science Center, and allow students to move seamlessly from class discussion to discovery of new concepts.”

Westminster’s distinctive location and programs were also showcased in its profile. Students noted they look forward to a “good snow day” and that they are only minutes away from outdoor recreation areas. There are also “awesome student-association-run events” at a campus that is “really friendly, open and a fun place to be.”

“Westminster’s power of place is a huge attractor for both our in and out-of-state student population,” added Morgan. “We are pleased students recognize that we are a very student-centered institution where we want everyone to feel welcome and to find their place. We provide opportunities to explore, both in and out of the classroom, with personalized faculty attention they won’t find anywhere else in the state.”

Published annually since 1992, “The Best 382 Colleges” guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top-20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 382 in any category. Instead, it uses students' ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 137,000 students (about 358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school's library, career services and student body's political leanings. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/ranking-methodology.