Gustavus Named a Best College and 8th for Best Campus Food

Posted on July 30th, 2009 by

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked a best college by The Princeton Review’s college ranking guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges, for 2010. This annual ranking, released July 28, 2009, is based solely on input from college students. The educational services guidebook recognizes 371 colleges in the nation for offering great academics and great campus experiences.

“We are very proud whenever our students feel they are receiving excellent services,” said Gustavus President Jack R. Ohle. “They come to Gustavus Adolphus College because of our outstanding faculty and high-quality programs. We continually strive to provide our students with the best overall experience that they expect and deserve—from academics to student life.”

In addition to being one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, Gustavus again received special recognition by being ranked 8th in the Best Campus Food list. This list includes 20 colleges and universities. This is the second consecutive year Gustavus has been a top 10 on this list.

“It is particularly gratifying that the Princeton Review rankings arise from student supplied data—the very best and most honest source of critical feedback,” said Steve Kjellgren, Gustavus’s dining service director. “Our efforts to complement the excellence of the entire Gustavus experience and to be forward-thinking leaders in the college dining realm have certainly paid off and will continue in earnest.”

The Gustavus dining service places importance on environmental impact, social justice, personal choice and responsibility, developing skills of conscientious consumerism, along with convenient service, great taste, and nutritional balance.

“The dining service at Gustavus is really an active participant in realizing the Gustavus mission and is a crucial player in the academic and co-curricular work of the college. Plus, well, the food tastes terrific,” said Lisa Heldke, Gustavus professor of philosophy and an internationally recognized scholar on the philosophy of food.

“It’s nice to have such a variety of food to choose from after a long day of classes,” said Gustavus junior Erin Watt.

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