Schools With The Best Classroom Experience


Good food and classmates with similar political beliefs are great, but it’s the classroom experience that we’re supposed to be going to college for. However, almost every college student will skip a class at some point, and unfortunately some skip regularly.

Sickness and emergencies are perfectly legitimate reasons for doing this, but more often than not, students skip class because they’re bored, there’s something else they’d rather do, or they simply don’t want to go. Reasons like this indicate they’re not having great classroom experiences.

To nail down the schools that offer the best classroom experiences, The Princeton Review compiles a list every year based on students’ answers to multiple survey questions – how they rate their professors, classrooms, and lab facilities; how much time their classes devote to discussion; and what percentage of their classes they attend.

Looking at this ranking over the past six years, 41 schools have made the list, and five have made it every year: Reed College, the University of Richmond, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, the United States Military Academy, and Mount Holyoke College.

All five of these schools also boast a student-to-faculty ratio around 10:1 and an average classroom size of 20 or fewer students, which indicates that the more attention each student gets, the more likely he or she is to attend and enjoy classes – and maybe learn something.

Here are the schools with the “Best Classroom Experience”:

The ‘Best Classroom Experience’ Rankings From 2015 to 2010


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2015 Rank & School2015 Rank2014 Rank2013 Rank2012 Rank2011 Rank2010 Rank
 Bard College (NY) 1 4 NR 8 NR NR
 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 2 10 10 3 5 5
 Reed College 3 1 2 4 2 2
 Bennington College 4 2 7 NR 14 17
 Swarthmore College 5 5 1 13 NR NR
 Whitman College 6 7 5 NR 18 11
 Thomas Aquinas College 7 6 14 NR 20 NR
 Grinnell College 8 3 3 14 NR NR
 Wabash College 9 12 12 NR NR NR
 Mount Holyoke College 10 13 15 7 1 6
 Middlebury College 11 14 13 NR 15 10
 Sarah Lawrence College 12 8 11 NR 16 13
 Hamilton College 13 17 NR 18 17 12
 United States Military Academy 14 11 4 1 4 8
 Scripps College 15 NR 18 NR NR NR
 University of Richmond 16 9 9 5 12 18
 Claremont McKenna College 17 18 NR NR NR NR
 University of Chicago 18 NR NR NR NR NR
 Haverford College 19 NR NR NR NR NR
 Kenyon College 20 NR NR NR NR NR
 St. Olaf College NR 15 NR NR NR NR
 St. John’s College (MD) NR 16 8 16 13 NR
 St. John’s College (NM) NR 19 NR NR NR NR
 Wellesley College NR 20 6 11 6 3
 Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA) NR NR 17 NR NR NR
 Denison University NR NR 19 NR NR NR
 Carleton University NR NR 20 NR NR NR
 Stanford University NR NR NR 2 3 4
 Princeton University NR NR NR 6 10 9
 Williams College NR NR NR 9 7 7
 Pomona College NR NR NR 10 9 1
 Colby College NR NR NR 12 NR NR
 Colgate University NR NR NR 15 19 14
 Chaplain College NR NR NR 17 NR NR
 Bates College NR NR NR 19 NR NR
 Sweet Briar College NR NR NR 20 8 NR
 Wittenberg University NR NR NR NR 11 NR
 Marlboro College NR NR NR NR NR 15
 Wesleyan College NR NR NR NR NR 16
 Bowdoin College NR NR NR NR NR 19
 Emerson College NR NR NR NR NR NR

Source: The Princeton Review

DON”T MISS: The Princeton Review: 2015 Rankings