Washington University excels in national survey on best colleges

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According to the Princeton Review's "<a href="http://nie.post-dispatch.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/best-colleges"">https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/best-colleges" target="_blank">Best 384 Colleges 2019 Edition</a>," Washington University finished No. 1 for having the best student dorms and being the best-run school, and finished at No. 6 for serving up the best food.

The review bases its results on questionnaires filled out by about 138,000 college students in the U.S. and then compiles the results into 62 separate lists looking at different aspect of campus life.

For example, Washington University was No. 5 for available financial aid and No. 10 for quality of libraries.

But they were not the only area university to make a good list:

Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., came in at No. 3 for "best theater;" Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., was No. 15 when it came to "best college radio station" and the University of Illinois checked in at No. 17 among "best party schools."

Overall, the review also lists (without ranking) the top 384 university in the United States. Missouri schools that joined Washington, Stephens and Truman on the list are:

St. Louis University; University of Missouri-Columbia; Missouri University for Science &amp; Technology in Rolla; College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout; Drury University in Springfield; and William Jewell College in Liberty.