George Fox makes 'Best in the West' list

Named a 2010 Best College in the West by The Princeton Review

For the sixth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has honored George Fox University as one of its “Best in the West” schools.

George Fox is one of 123 colleges and universities listed from the western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Other institutions receiving the designation included Pepperdine University and Stanford University.

The Princeton Review rankings consider academics, quality of life, admissions selectivity, and financial aid. George Fox received a score of 88 out of 99 in admissions selectivity, an 84 out of 99 in academics, and an 84 out of 99 in quality of campus life.

George Fox students were invited to participate in an online survey hosted by the organization. They were asked to voice their opinions about the university, with questions in each category. Their comments and the George Fox profile are available at the Princeton Review site.

Following is an excerpt from The Princeton Review profile of the university’s academics:

“Students resoundingly agree that George Fox is ‘a Christ-centered, academically challenging university where students are not a number’ and where ‘faith and learning’ are integrated at ‘a high academic level.’ Accordingly, the ‘devoted, amazing, [and] accessible’ professors ‘teach not only about academics but incorporate life skills into their lectures/teachings.’”

The Princeton Review divided the country into four regions and identified 640 colleges that stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning. In addition to the 123 named in the West, the selections include 218 colleges in the Northeast, 141 in the Southeast and 158 in the Midwest. A listing of the schools is available at the Princeton Review’s regional colleges site. The 640 colleges named “regional bests” represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The schools were chosen based on institutional data collected from several hundred schools in each region, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations The Princeton Review invites. Also taken into account is what each school’s customers – their students – report to The Princeton Review about their campus experiences through an 80-question student survey.