Colleges Ranked: Best, Easiest, Most Fun

Nisha82 Senior Member

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Posted: 25 February 2005 at 8:13pm | IP Logged

When it comes to college, the one that has the best overall academic experience for undergraduates is the University of Chicago, followed by Marlboro College, Reed College, St. John's College in Maryland, and Swarthmore College.

If you want a school where the students (almost) never study, here's your list: SUNY at Albany, the University of Georgia, Florida State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the University of Mississippi.

Party! They know how to party hearty at SUNY at Albany, Washington and Lee University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, West Virginia University, and Ohio University-Athens.

That's the word from the Princeton Review, which has just published its 2005 edition of "The Best 357 Colleges" in which it ranks schools in dozens of somewhat unusual categories. What makes the Princeton Review unique--and controversial--is that it relies on the survey results of college students. No administrators. No professors. No parents. Only student opinions are solicited.

Following are the No. 1 rankings in selected categories:

I Only Want the Best

  • Best Overall Academic Experience: University of Chicago
  • Professors Bring Material to Life: Marlboro College
  • Professors Get Low Marks: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Professors Make Themselves Available: St. John's College (New Mexico)
  • Toughest College to Get Into: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • TAs Teach too Many Upper-Level Courses: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

All I Ever Do Is Study!

  • Students Never Stop Studying: California Institute of Technology
  • Students (Almost) Never Study: SUNY at Albany
  • Great College Library: Brigham Young University
  • This Is a Library?: Spelman College

The Smiley Face Factor

  • Happiest Students: Pomona College
  • Unhappiest Students: New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dorms Like Palaces: Pepperdine University
  • Dorms Like Dungeons: University of Oregon
  • Great Campus Food: Wheaton College (Illinois)
  • This Is Food?: St. Bonaventure University
  • Most Beautiful Campus: Wagner College
  • Campus is Tiny, Unsightly, or Both: Drexel University
  • Best Quality of Life: Davidson College

Where's the Game?

  • Students Pack the Stadiums: University of Notre Dame
  • Best Jock School: University of Florida
  • Dodge Ball Targets: Eugene Lang College
  • Everyone Plays Intramural Sports: University of Notre Dame
  • Nobody Plays Intramural Sports: Eugene Lang College

Animal House

  • Top Party School: SUNY at Albany
  • Major Frat & Sorority Scene: DePauw University
  • Reefer Madness: Bard College
  • Lots of Hard Liquor: Washington and Lee University
  • Lots of Beer: Washington and Lee University

They Never Wear Togas Here

  • Stone Cold Sober School: Brigham Young University
  • Students Pray on a Regular Basis: Brigham Young University
  • They Don't Inhale: Brigham Young University
  • Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch: Brigham Young University

Politically Correct

  • Most Politically-Active Students: Claremont McKenna College
  • Election? What Election?: Rider University
  • Students Most Nostalgic for Ronald Reagan: Texas A&M University-College Station
  • Students Most Nostalgic for Bill Clinton: Warren Wilson College

I'm Okay, You're Okay

  • Most Diverse: George Mason University
  • Lots of Race/Class Interaction: McGill University
  • Gay Community Accepted: Eugene Lang College
  • Alternative Lifestyles Not an Alternative: University of Notre Dame

Red Tape, Green Money

  • Students Most Satisfied With Financial Aid: Claremont McKenna College
  • Students Dissatisfied With Financial Aid: Hofstra University
  • School Runs Like Butter: Middlebury College
  • Long Lines and Red Tape: Florida A&M University

Best Bang for Your Buck

  • Best Bargains-Public: New College of Florida
  • Best Bargains-Private: William Jewell College

The complete listing is in "The Best 357 Colleges: 2005 Edition," which also has two-page profiles on each college with information on academics, student body, campus life, admission, and financial aid.

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Posted: 25 February 2005 at 8:39pm | IP Logged

Smile Smile Smile
thanx for sharing...
i will wither go to SUNY at albany or Washington and Lee University ...lol...me party person...lol
sarina_202 Senior Member

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Posts: 798

Posted: 25 February 2005 at 9:37pm | IP Logged
i'm gonna go to UW...i didn't know they were known for beer and hard liquor
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