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Top 10 Happiest Colleges in the Country

Top 10 Happiest Colleges in the Country

Where does Yale University rank on the list? Find out!

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

October 14, 2011

What contributes to a student’s happiness at school? Great academic offerings, a variety of extracurricular activities or the other students? It’s hard to gauge exactly what makes college students “happy,” but one way of determining that is to look at the freshmen retention rate, meaning how many freshmen return to that particular campus the following year.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity put together the list of the happiest college campuses for Forbes Magazine’s college rankings. Consider adding these happy places to your college search list – or tell us why your current college makes you happy.

School statistics and student opinions pulled from each university’s website (figures listed are the most recent data, mostly from the 2010 – 2011 school year) as well as The Princeton Review.

10. Dartmouth College

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire

Undergraduate students: 4,248

Annual costs: $55,365 (includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees)

Average scholarship amount: $53,504

Retention rate: 98%

According to The Princeton Review, students on campus say that “it is always busy…after attending classes in the morning, we run from meetings to debates to the library and finally to Frat Row. It is a relentless, fast-paced cycle, but it is so unbelievably fun and rewarding.”

Learn more about Dartmouth College.


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