These 5 Colleges Have the Happiest Students

In this Thursday, July 10, 2014 photo, Lisa Li, a high school student at the U.S. prep school Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., poses for a photo outside the Stephen Robert Campus Center on the Brown University Campus in Providence, RI. (Photo: Stephan Savoia AP)
In this Thursday, July 10, 2014 photo, Lisa Li, a high school student at the U.S. prep school Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., poses for a photo outside the Stephen Robert Campus Center on the Brown University Campus in Providence, RI.
(Photo: Stephan Savoia AP)

The Princeton Review has published its Best 379 Colleges for 2015, polling 130,000 students to produce ranking lists covering issues from academics to extracurriculars – and everything in between.

These kinds of rankings are very interesting to read, and can give excellent insights into the type of college experience a particular school offers. One list rates colleges by how happy its students say they are while attending. What a great idea – after all, who doesn’t want to be happy during their college years?

The website is a bit light on details on why it chose 20 particular schools as having the “Happiest Students” (registration required), however, so I compared the Review’s top five colleges with the database at RateMyProfessors.com, where students use a scale of 1 to 5 to weigh in on the best – and worst – of college life.

1. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Founded in 1873 with a $1 million endowment from Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, the campus offers a wide array of majors for undergraduates and graduate students alike. Students on RateMyProfessor give the school 4.7 points out of five for happiness, and a 4.6 rating for overall quality. The average professor grade is 3.78.

2. Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California

Though ranked at No. 2 on the Princeton Review, Claremont McKenna is clearly the favorite among student reviewers on RateMyProfessor. Amongst the five schools discussed here, Claremont scores highest in almost every category: Professors average a high 3.87 rating, and overall quality hits a high note at 4.7. Notably, the college receives a ringing endorsement in the happiness category, with an unbeatable score of 5.

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Source: USA Today | Amanda Alix, The Motley Fool

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