Universities With The Least Happy Students


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 & School2015 Rank2014 Rank2013 Rank2012 Rank2011 Rank2010 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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The Princeton Review: 2015 Rankings

  • ELamp

    without knowing how many people even answered the survey question at each school, it’s hard to determine the validity of the study. Also it’s hard to imagine that out of 43 schools on the list, only five have been on it every time. That kind of implies that the students happiness drastically changes every year….or the sample population is so small that just a few people having different answers changes their ranking completely O.O Just a thought 🙂