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Posted on: September 20, 2021

MTSU News: MTSU makes Princeton Review's best colleges list for third straight year

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Middle Tennessee State University returned to The Princeton Review’s annual list of the nation’s best colleges for a third consecutive year.


MTSU remains the only locally governed institution in Tennessee recognized by the publication, having first achieved its spot in 2019. Only five higher education entities in the state — two public and three private — were included in the recently released 30th edition of “The Best 387 Colleges.”


The honor by the highly regarded educational services company is extended to roughly 13% of the nation’s roughly 3,000 four-year institutions, said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of the book.


“We are pleased that The Princeton Review continues to acknowledge the sustained excellence of our university, as well as the exceptional work by our faculty and staff in serving our students,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee.


Provost Mark Byrnes, the university’s chief academic officer, concurred, saying it “was particularly gratifying to receive the honor in light of the tremendous effort by our entire university community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Franek said the list is based on data gathered from more than a thousand school administrators about their academic programs and offerings, as well as insights from about 140,000 students surveyed who attend the selected colleges.

You can read an online summary of MTSU’s entry on “The Best 387 Colleges” here:


MTSU was also included in the review’s list of top schools in the Southeast. The university remains on the regional list by virtue of its inclusion on the review’s top national list.


In addition to MTSU, other Tennessee institutions included in the review’s list were the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Vanderbilt University, Rhodes College and the University of the South.


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