2017 Best College Athletics in America

Explore the best college athletic programs in America based on key statistics and student reviews. Compare top colleges for sports fans and student athletes where athletics play a significant and positive role in student life.
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    University of Florida

    • Gainesville, FL
    • 6,634 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school offers plenty of chances for research, jobs, and diverse activities. The all around experience of UF generally great, and the name UF on you degree gives a person an edge up in the work field.
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    University of Alabama

    • Tuscaloosa, AL
    • 3,930 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would never want to go to any other college. The University of Alabama is by far the best fit for me. Everything from the football to the clubs to the professors, is amazing. I have never once felt like I didn't have a place to fit into the school. Every professor I have had as made me feel like they truly care about my education and are willing to help me.
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    Louisiana State University

    • Baton Rouge, LA
    • 2,880 reviews
    College Senior:LSU has provided me with so much more than just your "typical" college experience. My classes have been challenging, and my professors have always expected the highest quality of work from me and my peers. I would more than recommend this beloved school to anyone willing to listen. Take it from me, whose graduating class consisted of only 21 girls, LSU has become a home away from home. However, I am becoming increasingly aware of how quickly my time at LSU has come and gone. Make the most of it while you can! Geaux Tigers. Forever LSU.
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    Florida State University

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 6,507 reviews
    College Freshman:Florida State is a great school. The academics are great; the football team is great; the students are great. I really like that FSU offers Freshman Interest Groups and Success Coaches. There are so many great programs for students to take advantage of here. Everyone's looking out for us and working to contribute to our success.
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    University of Texas - Austin

    • Austin, TX
    • 5,348 reviews
    College Sophomore:This university has it all. There are over 1000 clubs you can join so there is something for everyone if they want to get involved. There are such a wide range of majors that it's easy to find something that fits what you want to do. The professors are always so passionate about what they teach and you can tell they genuinely care about their students. They always make sure to explain things clearly and offer more than enough opportunities to reach them outside of class hours. The advisors on campus are life savers, I wouldn't have been able to navigate this far without their amazing help. This university really makes me feel like my needs are important instead of feeling like just another student out of 50,000. The people are friendly, the culture is fantastic, and the school is stellar. I couldn't see myself attending anywhere else.
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    Ohio State University

    • Columbus, OH
    • 4,686 reviews
    College Sophomore:I cannot say enough good things about The Ohio State University. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and I could not ask for a better place to complete my undergrad.
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    University of Oklahoma

    • Norman, OK
    • 2,529 reviews
    College Senior:Norman, Oklahoma has become home to me. I grew up not far from the Norman campus, just about twenty minutes down I-35. When I was applying to colleges my senior year, I was determined to get far away from small-town Oklahoma. Unfortunately, or so it seemed, out-of-state tuition did not seem worth it when I took into account my goal of one day attending pharmacy school. To my surprise, I discovered that Norman is its own little community, far different from anything around it and far different from the small-town I grew up in. Norman is not small-town Oklahoma. It is the perfect mixture of people. I believe that the wide array of people living in Norman-- all coming from different cultures, backgrounds, and religions-- make it unique to any other city in Oklahoma. Along with that, our campus is truly one of a kind. The architecture and landscaping are breathtaking. Moreover, I will forever believe that the best way to spend Saturday afternoon is at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium watching Sooner football.
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    University of Maryland - College Park

    • College Park, MD
    • 4,648 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have learned so much in the three semesters I have been here. Not only are the academics exceptional, I also learned things outside of the classroom. I was afraid that I would not be able to make new friends in college, but I have managed to form a very supportive and fun friend group. The school spirit here is very impressive. I love attending the soccer games and the basketball games. The crowd always gets very creative with the cheers and makes a welcoming atmosphere. I have also enjoyed being part of the club soccer team and playing intramural sports with my friends.
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    Auburn University

    • Auburn, AL
    • 2,031 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love my school not only because of the wide range of diverse people, but also for the education I know I am getting. I know that by the time I graduate, that all of the trials and tribulations that I have face and will continue to face will be worth it. I know that if I continue to do my best here, the degree I receive will be worth so much more than a degree from an easier school. A degree from Auburn will not only be well respected by my future employer, but also by those who surround me and know how hard I have worked in school throughout my life.
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    College Sophomore:Chapel Hill is a great college town- it is especially fun during basketball season because the whole town is excited. While sports are always fun to go watch, there are plenty opportunities to get involved on campus in clubs and other things such as intermural sports.
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    Michigan State University

    • East Lansing, MI
    • 4,862 reviews
    College Sophomore:Moving into my second semester as a sophomore, I couldn't be happier with the choice I made to come here. I have met so many amazing people, and the endless opportunities to thrive make me feel like I am cared about here. The faculty and staff treat students as equals and work hard to ensure they understand the material in order to be successful. This summer I have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Europe, and I couldn't be more excited. Michigan State is an all-around fabulous school; I would highly recommend taking a tour and learning more about this university if you have an interest in attending.
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    University of Southern California

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 3,308 reviews
    College Sophomore:It feels extremely personal. There are opportunities everywhere and especially as an engineer we're encouraged to mix and match the parts of USC that matter to us. For me, I work on campus doing research, I'm head of a club, I'm a student ambassador, I'm in a design club and that's my life within the school. But someone else in my major is on the varsity hocket team, in totally different clubs etc. So life here feels extremely personalized and I like that. The school also has a ridiculous amount of resources for its students, at least within engineering. There is so much energy put into the well-being of the students that it always feels like you have a strong support network.

    Fight on!
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    University of Miami

    • Coral Gables, FL
    • 2,585 reviews
    College Sophomore:Beautiful weather, awesome academics, gorgeous and diverse student body, always something fun to do (whether you party or not). Who wouldn't love to live in Miami?
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    Duke University

    • Durham, NC
    • 1,003 reviews
    College Sophomore:Duke is difficult, but I would choose it again if I had to do it all over. The classes make me think, the basketball is fantastic, and the people are amazing.
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    Texas A&M University

    • College Station, TX
    • 6,039 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have enjoyed every bit of my college experience. I went to a huge college and was able to shrink it by joining organizations and making friends in them. But I still went to a college were everyone is friendly. You will have a tough time finding a professor you do not like, however they will all challenge you.
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    University of Kentucky

    • Lexington, KY
    • 3,298 reviews
    College Junior:I have had wonderful experiences with the professors here, they are very accommodating, while still assertive. I wish there were more course options, especially in my field of study and in the visual/performing arts department.
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    University of Louisville

    • Louisville, KY
    • 1,880 reviews
    College Junior:I love U of L. I had a really difficult time deciding on a college, but ultimately picked Louisville because it was the one that I could most easily see myself being happy at, and I was right.
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    University of Connecticut

    • Storrs, CT
    • 2,809 reviews
    College Sophomore:While in the business school it is not difficult to get a job out of school because you are more or less required to get an internship. As for the math department, I am not too sure
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    University of Tennessee

    • Knoxville, TN
    • 3,184 reviews
    College Sophomore:Top 3rd school for supply chain placement for jobs. Active in searching and providing opportunities for the students, and their revamping their branding so the degree has even more value.
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    Baylor University

    • Waco, TX
    • 3,708 reviews
    College Junior:I would say the work load and the educational process at Baylor is very insightful and geared toward individual growth of each student in a supportive way.
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    Penn State

    • University Park, PA
    • 6,144 reviews
    College Junior:Since I transferred from the University of Findlay, I have never been happier in my life. The atmosphere and curriculum is perfect for a college student.
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    University of Notre Dame

    • South Bend, IN
    • 1,216 reviews
    College Junior:The community aspect of the University of Notre Dame is unmatched by any other school that I applied to during my college application process. It was the perfect fit for me from a social, an academic, and a religious perspective.
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    Syracuse University

    • Syracuse, NY
    • 3,088 reviews
    College Senior:It is pricey but if you talk to the right people and keep asking for aid they find ways to make it work for you. Based on this and the experience you gain plus the overall atmosphere it becomes a very beneficial environment to grow up and learn in.
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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,758 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well I'm currently studying at the University of Michigan, which is known for its business and engineering programs. But I'm currently triple-majoring in Linguistics, Spanish, and Japanese. And I am constantly impressed by just how amazing our faculty is here. In almost every department, there is at least one professor that is a leading contributor in his/her field. I've taken several classes where the textbook that we use to structure the class was written by the professor him/herself.

    I personally have never attended another school, but I assume that this is very atypical for colleges. And it's something that I take pride in as a Wolverine. One of our slogans here is "the leaders and the best". Now I will admit that I can see the pride, and perhaps the arrogance as well, in this statement, but I find it to be quite fitting. I came to Michigan because it's a university taught by the best, for the best.
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    University of South Carolina

    • Columbia, SC
    • 3,759 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have had excellent experiences with all of my professors to date! They are very accessible, very helpful, and very caring. I truly feel like they want to see me succeed.
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