People are very concerned with personal happiness these days, and among young people, the pursuit of individual happiness is right up there alongside career success and straight As.
Articles abound with happiness advice – sometimes disguised as advice for living a stress-free or healthy life, but always citing overall happiness as a reason to do something, move somewhere, eat differently, or maybe even exercise. There are lists ranking everything from the happiest cities, to the happiest age group, to the happiest schools, and The Princeton Review is not to be left out. It lists the top 20 schools with the happiest students among its yearly university rankings.
The lists are compiled based on the survey question: “Overall, how happy are you?” In the past six years, 49 schools have made the list. Happiness appears to be fickle however, as only four schools made the list every year, and 17 of them were only listed once.
There is one consistency that can be used to infer fact, however. Nine of the listed schools are in California, making it by far the most commonly listed state. Tying for second are Massachusetts and New York with four schools each.
Here are the schools with the happiest students:
Ranking The ‘Happiest Students’ From 2015 to 2010
|2015 Rank & School||2015 Rank||2014 Rank||2013 Rank||2012 Rank||2011 Rank||2010 Rank|
|Claremont McKenna College||2||1||6||12||2||3|
|Kansas State University||7||6||8||NR||NR||NR|
|The College of Idaho||12||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|University of California – Santa Barbara||13||5||3||11||NR||NR|
|Washington University in St. Louis||18||9||19||NR||NR||NR|
|Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering||19||NR||NR||8||4||16|
|Thomas Aquinas College||NR||11||7||NR||NR||NR|
|Loyola Marymount University (CA)||NR||15||18||6||NA||NR|
|Southern Methodist University||NR||17||15||NR||NR||NR|
|Ohio University – Athens||NR||18||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|University of Southern California||NR||19||9||NR||NR||NR|
|University of Mississippi||NR||20||12||10||NR||NR|
|Pennsylvania State University – University Park||NR||NR||13||7||17||NR|
|University of Dayton||NR||NR||16||NR||16||13|
|University of Texas at Austin||NR||NR||NR||14||NR||NR|
|Ohio Wesleyan University||NR||NR||NR||15||NR||NR|
|University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus||NR||NR||NR||20||8||NR|
|St. Michael’s College||NR||NR||NR||NR||11||NR|
|College of William and Mary||NR||NR||NR||NR||12||14|
|St. Mary’s College of Maryland||NR||NR||NR||NR||19||9|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||12|
|James Madison University||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||18|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||20|
Source: The Princeton Review