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UW-Eau Claire once again named a 'Best College' by Princeton Review

| Denise Olson

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been included again in the Princeton Review’s 2022 list of “Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

The website feature published on Aug. 31 summarizes the list as those colleges it considers “academically outstanding and well worth consideration” as students conduct their university searches.

As one of seven public institutions in Wisconsin and Minnesota to make the list, UW-Eau Claire is among an unranked total of 158 colleges and universities throughout the 12-state region.

The list cites a total of 654 colleges that the Princeton Review recommends over five regions: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and international.

Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief, noted that the company considers data from its survey of administrators from several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years and the opinions of college counselors and advisors solicited for input. Along with those factors, Franek noted, student surveys also are issued to enrolled students at the schools.

Some notable features of UW-Eau Claire cited on the website include:

  • Excellence in academics in more than 80 distinct degree programs.
  • Affordability.
  • High rates of study abroad.
  • Dedicated faculty and staff.
  • A beautiful campus in a close-knit community.
  • Engaging student life.

Lists like the Princeton Review’s serve both to spread the word and reinforce what is already a solid reputation at UW-Eau Claire for regional excellence, says Isabel Walters, interim director of Admissions at UW-Eau Claire.

“UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in excellence both in and outside of the classroom, and a list like this one acknowledges that our Blugold excellence is being recognized regionally and nationally,” Walters says.

The Princeton Review’s 2022 lists of best colleges by region is available here.