BYU Tops Professor Ratings Site

It's a place many students love to turn to when picking their professors, and now has returned the love, naming Brigham Young University the top college for the 2010–2011 school year.

The list of top 25 colleges is determined by student reviews of professors and overall campus life.

"Students are the lifeblood of this campus," says Gary Cornia, dean of the Marriott School. "It is a great testament to the quality of our professors and the university when students give such high marks to their BYU experience."

On the popular site, students rate professors on a five-point Likert scale in the areas of helpfulness, clarity and easiness. Each professor's overall quality score is an average of their clarity and helpfulness ratings. BYU professors' average overall quality is a very respectable 3.62, but what pushed the university to the top of the list were students' ratings of campus life. BYU has an overall school rating of 4.5, with student happiness rated 4.8. Other high marks went to conditions of the library (4.9), campus grounds (4.8) and school reputation (4.7).

Professors in the Marriott School averaged an overall quality rating of 3.94, based on reviews for 105 faculty members. Students frequently commented on the knowledge, friendliness, rigor and spirituality of Marriott School professors.

"The education that you'll get here is unlike any other," one student commented. "BYU can be anything you want it to be, from an academic standpoint."

Another student commented, "[BYU is a] great school. It will push you for the most part to become better." is the largest professor review website, with more than 10 million student reviews of 1 million professors at 6,500 institutions around the world. BYU has nearly 3,000 ranked professors on the site, one of the largest representations from reviewed schools.

The Marriott School is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. The school has nationally recognized programs in accounting, business management, public management, information systems and entrepreneurship. The school's mission is to prepare men and women of faith, character and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled in the Marriott School's graduate and undergraduate programs.

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