Universities With The Least Happy Students

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Sad days for the schools on this list. A study conducted by the American Educational Research Association earlier this year concluded that appearing on The Princeton Review’s “Least Happy Students” list can negatively impact a school’s application rate.

While the study says that schools on the “Happy Students” list see an average 2.9% increase in applications, schools determined to have the “Least Happy Students” may see a 5% decrease. The rankings are determined by the survey question: “Overall, how happy are you?”

The good news is schools don’t seem to stay on the list for long. Of the 43 schools that have made the list in the past six years, only five were listed every time: the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Naval Academy, Clarkson University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Here are the schools with the least happy students:

Ranking The ‘Least Happy Students’ From 2015 to 2010

 

2015 Rank & School 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Rank 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
 Marywood University  1  7  2  2  9  NR
 United States Merchant Marine Academy  2  2  4  3  2  1
 New Jersey Institute of Technology  3  1  3  1  5  6
 University of Hawaii – Manoa  4  6  12  NR  NR  NR
 Manhattanville College  5  11  13  NR  NR  NR
 Illinois Institute of Technology  6  16  8  9  15  11
 Duquesne University  7  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
 Suffolk University  8  NR  20  NR  NR  NR
 United States Naval Academy  9  4  6  7  7  9
 Clarkson University  10  9  7  6  10  13
 State University of New York – Stony Brook University  11  NR  NR  NR  11  1
 Alfred University  12  NR  19  12  18  19
 United States Military Academy  13  5  NR  NR  NR  18
 Indiana University of Pennsylvania  14  8  5  8  NR  NR
 United States Coast Guard Academy  15  NR  15  4  3  2
 University of New Orleans  16  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
 City University of New York – Baruch College  17  3  10  10  NR  NR
 University of South Dakota  18  NR  NR  18  NR  NR
 Catholic University of America  19  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
 Montana Tech of the University of Montana  20  10  1  5  NR  NR
 McGill University  NR  11  13  NR  NR  NR
 The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art  NR  13  NR  NR  NR  NR
 City University of New York – Queens College  NR  14  NR  NR  NR  NR
 University of Maine  NR  15  9  17  NR  NR
 St. John’s University (NY)  NR  17  NR  NR  NR  NR
 Rider University  NR  18  17  NR  19  NR
 Wesleyan University (GA)  NR  19  NR  NR  NR  NR
 University of North Dakota  NR  20  11  NR  NR  NR
 Xavier University of Louisiana  NR  NR  16  NR  NR  NR
 California Institute of Technology  NR  NR  18  NR  NR  NR
 New York University  NR  NR  NR  11  16  5
 Fisk University  NR  NR  NR  13  1  4
 Tuskegee University  NR  NR  NR  14  4  7
 United States Air Force Academy  NR  NR  NR  15  13  16
 University of California – Riverside  NR  NR  NR  16  6  8
 Whittier College  NR  NR  NR  19  14  17
 University of New Orleans  NR  NR  NR  20  NR  NR
 State University of New York at Albany  NR  NR  NR  NR  8  10
 Eugene Lang College  NR  NR  NR  NR  12  14
 University of Toronto  NR  NR  NR  NR  17  NR
 University of Rhode Island  NR  NR  NR  NR  20  NR
 University of Massachusetts – Amherst  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR  12
 Trinity College (CT)  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR  20

Source: The Princeton Review

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