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ORU nabs “Best in the West” distinction

Photos by Chandler Branzell
Photos by Chandler Branzell

Earlier this month, the Princeton Review released “The Best in the West” list, which included Oral Roberts University among five other Sooner schools.

For the fourth consecutive year, ORU landed a spot among 124 other universities named the top schools in the western states for 2014.

The private, Tulsa university was one of six Oklahoma institutions to make the list. The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Tulsa also claimed the “Best in the West” distinction.

Factors taken into consideration in making the list include visits to the universities and student opinions recorded in an 80-question survey, said Robert Franek, a spokesman for The Princeton Review.

On the survey, students rated their schools on topics like campus food, contact with professors and extracurricular activities.
Students surveyed at ORU cited the school’s emphasis on a “whole person education” and the connectivity of dorm groups on campus as a few of the university’s highlights, according to The Princeton Review website.

The Princeton Review also designates rankings of 60 to 99 in academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and environmental awareness to help prospective college students weigh their options.

The western regional list features colleges located in 15 states. The Massachusetts-based company also designates regional best universities in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast.

Collectively, the 644 colleges chosen by The Princeton Review make up about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

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