August

HPU rated a 'Best in the West' university

August 07, 2013

Best in the West
Princeton Review ranks Hawai‘i Pacific University as among the "Best in the West" in a new review of U.S. colleges and universities.

HONOLULU — Princeton Review ranks Hawai‘i Pacific University as among the "Best in the West" in a new review of U.S. colleges and universities. In its website feature "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region," HPU is among 124 Western U.S. colleges that The Princeton Review gave high marks. See http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

"We're pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees. We chose these as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. The Princeton Review is an education services company widely known for it test prep programs and college and graduate school guides.

The 124 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the West" list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. According to company, collectively all the "regional best" institutions (also including Northeast, Midwest and Southeast) constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asked students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. The profiles also have a "Survey Says" list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement.

HPU's regional excellence has also been recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s annual review of college, “Best Colleges 2013,” naming it among the top Regional Universities in the West. In Hawai‘i, HPU is the state's leading private university in terms of return on investment, according to AffordableCollegesOnline.org.