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Menlo College's new review

August 23rd, 2009

My college alma mater is celebrating a nice piece of news: The Princeton Review just selected Menlo College as a “Best in the West” institution. For the first time, the small school was named among the best colleges and universities in the Western region by the education-services company.

"We are furthering our mission and strengthening our position as Silicon Valley’s Business School. With the recruitment of talented new faculty; the addition of majors that reflect the needs of a globalized economy; small class size and the highest retention rate in recent history, Menlo College is producing the next generation of business leaders," say school officials.

"We chose Menlo College and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs," Robert Franek, the Review's vice president of publishing, said in a news release. "We also take into account what each school's customers — their students — report to us about their campus experiences."

The Review noted that students are "roundly positive in their summation of academics at Menlo," with valued faculty, "small class sizes", and "close-knit community" that can "provide a unique experience that wouldn't be possible at a larger university."

Menlo currently serves about 600 undergraduate students with 15 percent of them international students from 23 countries. Tuition for the 2009-10 school year is $31,720. Hawaii is the largest feeder state for American students.

Founded in 1927, Menlo is a four-year private college that has long been known for its business-management courses. About two years ago, it launched a long-term campaign to transform itself into a premier business college. Menlo also has filed for accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and plans to start a master's program in 2010-11.

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