When a student has positive thoughts about college, they typically do not include thoughts about how much studying they will be doing. But of course, as with most generalities, there are exceptions! For those students who thrive on academics and challenging courses, there are definitely school options available. The 2014 Princeton Review made a list of the top 20 schools where students study the most compared to other universities.
One might think that Ivy League schools would dominate the list, but only two, Princeton University and Harvard College, are in the top 20. In fact, there are many other schools where more than the average amount of studying gets done. Technology schools, where many students focus on engineering, computer science, and/or robotics, require a large amount of studying. This includes colleges like the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Small liberal arts colleges also have a prominent presence on this list. Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, has a very strong foreign language program and requires every student to complete at least two writing intensive courses. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Grinnell College in Iowa have similar requirements.
Cooper Union in New York City also makes it onto this list, coming in at number 16 among other schools. This college focuses on the arts, proving that even art students know the importance of buckling down and getting their work done. Through analyzing this list, it’s clear that students who love to study have a wide range of options when considering colleges.
Students Who Study the Most
- California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
- Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA
- Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
- Reed College, Portland, OR
- Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
- Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
- Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
- Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
- Webb Institute, Glen Cove, NY
- Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
- United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
- Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
- Carleton College, Northfield, MN
- Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
- The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY
- Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
- University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA