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Top 10 Happiest Colleges in the Country:
- Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Undergraduate students: 18, 206
Annual costs: $25,251
Kansas State students told The Princeton Review that the campus has a very inclusive feel, and a lot of that has to do with the investment made in freshmen students as well as the professors. One student shares that K-State’s professors commit beyond the classroom, stating the faculty “truly cares about teaching.” Seated in a small town, students claim it’s impossible to be bored on campus with the many activities, clubs and Greek life happenings.
- Vanderbilt University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Undergraduate students: 6,886
Annual costs: $50,800
Students told The Princeton Review that the school is a great balance in academics, social life student organizations, community services. This balance sets up an environment of learning and exploring your interests throughout college. The Princeton Review reports a student testimonial, “Besides the ‘rigorous but rewarding’ academic environment, there are many “opportunities that challenge me beyond the books.”
- Tulane University
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Undergraduate students: 7,700
Annual costs: $54,766
Students at Tulane tell The Princeton Review that they are driven and ambitious but do an excellent job of balancing both academics and social life. Students also attribute their love of Tulane to its location in New Orleans. With a strong academic focus and a diverse student body students get to learn from people with a variety of experiences and backgrounds.
- College of William and Mary
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Undergraduate students: 6,236
Annual costs: $40,089
Finally, the College of William and Mary has been acknowledged as the happiest college campus in the country. Known as a “Public Ivy,” William and Mary College is said to host a campus community that is academically quick and dynamic. Students told The Princeton Review that the community is “extremely close-knit and supportive,” and “everyone has something, usually obscure, that they're extremely passionate about.”
- University of Dallas
Location: Irving, Texas
Undergraduate students: 1,447
Annual costs: $43,326
A Catholic university with a ten-to-one student-to-faculty ratio, UD is known for its close and caring campus feel. Known for their “Great Books curriculum,” students work through “19 core English, philosophy and history courses.” Students are challenged academically and encouraged to experience learning via the Rome Program, where students visit key places discussed in their classroom studies.
- Thomas Aquinas College
Location: Santa Paula, California
Undergraduate students: 360
Tuition and fees: $26,000
A small, liberal arts school with Roman Catholic affiliation, students at this school are expected to be enlightened. Known for their set curriculum of literature that focuses on Western civilization, professors encourage deep discussions that are “intensely interesting.” Students enjoy campus traditions like frequent waltz and swing dance nights.
- Brown University
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Undergraduate students: 6,792
Annual costs: $60,944
Noted for their Open Curriculum, this Ivy League university gives students the flexibility to create their own course of study. There’s also a strong focus on social action and justice at Brown. The Princeton Review adds the campus community consists of caring, brilliant people that are not only knowledgeable but inspirational. Students can expect to study, a lot, at Brown. But they also have the support of dedicated professors.
- Texas Christian University
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Undergraduate students: 9,704
Annual costs: $51,8570
The Princeton Review states, “The vibe on Texas Christina University’s campus can be summed up with the phrase ‘southern hospitality.’” The TCU campus is known for its outstanding facilities and professors with industry experience. Students are learning from professionals that have real-world experience.
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Undergraduate students: 2,168
Annual costs: $46,641
A small but close-knit campus makes this technical-engineering school stand out. According to The Princeton Review, there is a strong support system in place for all students. T This includes on-campus tutoring via their learning center and involved professors that care about each student.
- Auburn University
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Undergraduate students: 24,505
Annual costs: $30,240
According to The Princeton Review, Auburn “was ranked in the top 50 among public universities by the U.S. News and World Report.” A leading research university, 92% of Auburn alumni would “choose Auburn again.”
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