The Top Schools For Accessible Professors

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Access to professors is the main reason we go to college. Sure, making new friends and learning to live on your own are great too – but the benefit of learning from experts is what makes college education so important to future employers.

Consequently, that’s why we spend so much time and money on school, and why it’s a bit of a let down if you can’t actually get to know your professors. Between their teaching and research demands, the amount of time professors allot to students is usually limited to class and office hours.

It’s hard to say if students would actually utilize opportunities to hang out with professors outside of these times, but you can pinpoint the schools whose students say it’s easy to make that happen. Every year The Princeton Review lists the top 20 schools with the “Most Accessible Professors.” The list is compiled with the survey question: “How accessible are your instructors outside the classroom?”

The schools that appear on the list every year theoretically have good student-to-professor relationships. However, of the 50 schools that have made the list in the past six years, only three – the United States Military Academy, Claremont McKenna College, and Sweet Briar College – were listed every time. Eighteen schools were only listed once.

The high turnover on this list suggests that there are many schools of approximately equal professor accessibility or that professor accessibility varies widely from year to year. Either way, it’s quite an accomplishment to stay on the list for more than a few.

Here are the schools with the “Most Accessible Professors”:

The ‘Most Accessible Professors’ Rankings From 2015 to 2010


2015 Rank & School201520142013201220112010
 United States Military Academy 1 1 1 1 4 1
 Claremont McKenna College 2 2 4 13 12 10
 St. John’s College (NM) 3 5 NR NR 17 15
 Webb Institute 4 3 NR 16 6 7
 Swarthmore College 5 8 NR NR NR NR
 Bennington College 6 9 NR NR NR NR
 Bard College (NY) 7 14 NR NR NR NR
 Hillsdale College 8 10 8 NR NR NR
 College of the Holy Cross 9 NR NR NR NR NR
 Grinnell College 10 6 NR NR NR NR
 Hamilton College 11 13 NR NR NR NR
 Whitman College 12 NR 20 NR NR NR
 Centre College 13 12 NR NR NR NR
 Wake Forest University 14 NR NR NR NR NR
 College of the Atlantic 15 NR NR NR NR NR
 The College of Idaho 16 NR NR NR NR NR
 Scripps College 17 NR NR NR NR NR
 Sweet Briar College 18 16 7 7 3 2
 Beloit College 19 20 NR NR NR NR
 United States Naval Academy 20 NR 6 4 2 9
 Whittenberg University NR 4 14 NR NR NR
 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology NR 7 NR NR 16 NR
 University of Puget Sound NR 11 9 NR 15 14
 United States Coast Guard Academy NR 15 3 2 11 NR
 Reed College NR 19 12 6 NR NR
 Southern Methodist University NR NR 2 9 NR NR
 Davidson College NR NR 5 NR NR NR
 Wellesley College NR NR 10 NR 13 11
 Pomona College NR NR 11 3 NR NR
 Skidmore College NR NR 13 8 19 NR
 St. John’s College (MD) NR NR 15 NR NR 18
 Hampden-Sydney College NR NR 16 18 8 5
 Randolph College NR NR 17 NR NR NR
 United States Air Force Academy NR NR 18 5 1 4
 Wabash College NR NR 19 12 7 3
 Williams College NR NR NR 10 5 8
 Sarah Lawrence College NR NR NR 11 NR NR
 Amherst College NR NR NR 14 NR NR
 Franklin & Marshall College NR NR NR 15 NR NR
 Colgate University NR NR NR 17 9 13
 Ohio University – Athens NR NR NR 19 NR NR
 Muhlenberg College NR NR NR 20 NR NR
 Stonehill College NR NR NR NR 10 17
 Harvey Mudd College NR NR NR NR 14 12
 Loyola Marymount University NR NR NR NR 18 NR
 Bryn Mawr College NR NR NR NR 20 NR
 Lawrence University NR NR NR NR NR 6
 Davidson College NR NR NR NR NR 16
 Bowdoin College NR NR NR NR NR 19
 Simon’s Rock College of Bard NR NR NR NR NR 20

Source: The Princeton Review


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