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 & School||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
|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|
|Bard College (NY)||7||14||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|College of the Holy Cross||9||NR||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|
|Sweet Briar College||18||16||7||7||3||2|
|United States Naval Academy||20||NR||6||4||2||9|
|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|
|Southern Methodist University||NR||NR||2||9||NR||NR|
|St. John’s College (MD)||NR||NR||15||NR||NR||18|
|United States Air Force Academy||NR||NR||18||5||1||4|
|Sarah Lawrence College||NR||NR||NR||11||NR||NR|
|Franklin & Marshall College||NR||NR||NR||15||NR||NR|
|Ohio University – Athens||NR||NR||NR||19||NR||NR|
|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|
|Simon’s Rock College of Bard||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||20|
Source: The Princeton Review