By Jacob King
Oiler pride is filling the air since The University of Findlay has been named one of the “best four-year colleges” in Ohio by the Princeton Review and BestColleges.com
According to BestColleges.com, an online resource that aids students and families with rankings and information of higher learning institutions, and The Princeton Review, an education services company, The University of Findlay has been listed as one of the top schools to attend in the region.
The honorable national notice has caused a lot of buzz and feedback from students, faculty, and staff at UF. Sharinda Welton, director of student services had a strong belief in UF and said that she believed UF has the “best students from around the world.”
“The Princeton review reinforced this [her belief] for me,” said Welton.
BestCollges.com examined 130 higher education institutions and placed UF 12 out of 25 best public and private schools. Many believe that the diverse programs taught at the University are to credit for this ranking.
“I do think what sets us apart is the variety of programs,” said Dave Emsweller, vice president of student affairs.
Agreeing with Emsweller was Edward Recker, director of financial aid, about the topic of quality programs and how he believed that it is one of the major platforms for UF’s recognition.
“Dynamic programs in a thriving community, driven by passionate individuals,” said Recker.
Facing the stereotype of being an overpriced university, many believe that Findlay is an unaffordable institution that only those with great wealth can attend. However, the University says this is far from true and one of the reasons UF was chosen as one of the “best” institutions to attend.
“A lot of people rule us out,” said Emsweller. “Private institutions, not just Findlay, do give aid.”
Bestcolleges.com applies an algorithm to private and public higher learning institutions that consider acceptance, retention, graduation, enrollment rates, and student loan default rates. According to compare.findlay.edu, the average net price of a year at a state school is $19,600. The average cost of an on-campus student at UF is an estimated $21,500, which is a $1,900 difference.
“I think we provide great value for what we offer,” said Recker.
Many believed UF’s intimate atmosphere on campus contributed to its success.
“Each student brings a little portion of the world to campus, so as they get involved and plant here, they are investing their talent and who they are into oiler nation,” said Welton. “Each student is investing into this masterpiece we are becoming.”
Tom Somrack, junior animal science major, thought that the personal relationship between professor and student was a contributing factor to the success.
“The amount of time that the professors offer to help students and the resources that are offered to students even during the summer are incredible,” said Somrack.
Welton used the word “intimate” to describe the environment and community on campus.
“We’re a campus that’s large enough where you don’t know everyone but you have opportunities to meet new people,” said Welton.