Schools With the Happiest Students

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What makes a person feel happy and content? This psychological question has been on the minds of many individuals across the country for some time. While there is no perfect formula for determining happiness and overall satisfaction, the 2014 Princeton Review has produced a list of the happiest students on campuses across the country. Their methodology was a simple survey asking students how happy they were with their university. Some of the conclusions might surprise you! Just as the formula for individual happiness is idiosyncratic, so is this list.

The school with the happiest students according to the Princeton Review is Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. Part of a college consortium that includes schools like Pomona, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd, this school is located in a suburban setting. This is in contrast to the number two school on the list, Rice University, which is located near the downtown area of Houston, TX. Rice emphasizes math and technology programs. While Houston is not particularly known for its fun-loving attitude or ease of transportation, the school appears to have a rich and active campus activity life. Just a few hours away, the fourth happiest school is Tulane University, which is also located right in the city of New Orleans, LA.

It seems in this case, it seems the only Ivy League school that makes the top twenty of this list is Yale University, which comes in at number 14. Compared to other Ivy League schools, Yale places a heavy emphasis on the lives of its undergraduate students. They have created a college system where small groups of students are placed in dorms for two years which include their own dining hall, library, and group activities. It appears, however, that a school does not have to have every possible amenity available, to have happy students. Schools with fewer resources than Yale, like Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI, or Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, ranked significantly higher on this list than the Bulldogs.

Schools With the Happiest Students

*Ranked in 2014

  1. Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
  2. Rice University, Houston, TX
  3. Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
  4. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  5. University of California – Santa Barbar, Santa Barbara, CA
  6. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  7. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  8. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  9. Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  10. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  11. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA
  12. Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  13. Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
  14. Yale University, New Haven, CT
  15. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
  16. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  17. Southern Methodist Univeristy, Dallas, TX
  18. Ohio University – Athens, Athens, OH
  19. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  20. University of Mississippi, University, MS

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