The Princeton Review has released its annual list of the best 373 colleges in America. This exhaustive list is based on student surveys, and covers real-life aspects of school, like how hard they party, rather than spitting out a ranking of who’s the best overall. Here are some interesting rankings:
Best Classroom Experience
Great professors, new business trends and practices are integrated into curricula, quality classmate contribution.
1. Mount Holyoke College
2. Reed College
3. Stanford University
4. West Point Military Academy
5. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Students Study the Least
Students spend the fewest hours studying out of the classroom each day.
1. University of North Dakota
2. University of Central Florida
3. University of Mississippi
4. State University of New York at Albany
5. West Virginia University
Best Quality of Life
This covers food, dorm comfort, how easy it is to get around campus, town-gown relations, student friendliness, and more.
1. Rice University
2. Bowdoin College
3. Washington University in St. Louis
4. Claremont McKenna College
5. Virginia Tech
Least Happy Students
1. Fisk University
2. United States Merchant Marine Academy
3. United States Coast Guard Academy
4. Tuskegee University
5. New Jersey Institute of Technology
There’s much more on the Princeton Review’s website. You have to sign up with them to see it. Watch out for the sneaky opt-in checkboxes below the signup form–when I signed up, I accidentally left them checked, so I think I’m going to be getting a lot of promo email from them in the near future.
I’d love to see a company like GlassDoor come up with a similarly exhaustive resource for companies.