2017 Best College Campuses in America

The 2017 Best College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding campus resources across classrooms, labs, performance venues, housing, food, and recreational facilities.
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    Washington University in St. Louis

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,322 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love everything about Wash U. The location is amazing, STL has so much to offer. Everyone around is so driven, smart, and kind. The campus, dorms, and food are great. The classes are awesome with exceptional teachers. It can get stressful, but it is so worth it.
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    Virginia Tech

    • Blacksburg, VA
    • 3,385 reviews
    College Sophomore:Virginia Tech may be one of the best decisions I've made in my life. The people I've met, the experiences I've had, and the environment in general is one that can't be beat. I gladly call Tech my home away from home, and when I'm not there I want to be there, when I am there, I don't want to leave. Tech has great academic programs, it's an easy place to make a ton of friends and have fun, a great place to live, and best of all it's been rated one of the most fit campuses in the states. Next to the fittest campus we're also rated number one for campus dining. In my opinion, it would be hard to find any other school that would make me as happy as Tech has.
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    Liberty University

    • Lynchburg, VA
    • 6,040 reviews
    College Junior:They have accepted a wide variety of transcripts in the past so sometimes the top of the class is not challenged fully, but the nursing program challenges each and every student greatly.
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    Bowdoin College

    • Brunswick, ME
    • 640 reviews
    College Sophomore:I feel like my school has even more to offer than I thought it did and while there are definitely issues, I can't imagine myself being anywhere else.
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    University of California - Los Angeles

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 4,393 reviews
    College Sophomore:UCLA's historical reputation for research contributes to an extremely positive aura around the school. The job opportunities are many; and so is the alumni network.
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    California Baptist University

    • Riverside, CA
    • 2,197 reviews
    College Junior:The courses I have taken thus far in my CBU career were all very interesting with great professors. Get to know your professors! Many professors make lectures fun when they make jokes or share their own experiences.
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    University of Georgia

    • Athens, GA
    • 4,755 reviews
    College Junior:UGA is a really nice school and the city of the Athens is the best. There are so many people your age around you, so it's really fun and since it's a big school, there's literally something for everyone. There's even a furry's club and a medieval sword fighting club. That's how diverse the school is!
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    Grand Canyon University

    • Phoenix, AZ
    • 7,692 reviews
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    Stanford University

    • Stanford, CA
    • 1,086 reviews
    College Sophomore:Stanford is truly the most amazing place in the world. Before my freshman year I never felt like a really had a home, but I have finally found one at the Farm. The academics are amazing and the people are even better. While I wish that the financial aid was better I still stand by my decision to attend because the experience I am having is priceless.
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    Yale University

    • New Haven, CT
    • 914 reviews
    College Junior:I absolutely love attending Yale University. I feel that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am entering my third year in the fall and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. What drew me to Yale was the close knit community and the welcoming and inclusive social space. I have friends from all walks of life and love to interact with people form all different backgrounds. I truly feel that I have grown as an individual as I have become equipped with the vocabulary to express eloquently just who I am and where I stand on certain issues to my peers.
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    James Madison University

    • Harrisonburg, VA
    • 2,588 reviews
    College Sophomore:My time at JMU has honestly changed me into a completely different person, and only for the better. While my first semester (as a second-semester sophomore transfer student) was pretty rough, it lead me to my current major, Media Arts and Design, which I love and is a field I don't think I'll ever tire of, since it changes every day! I lived on my own for the first time in my life after moving here, and got my first job the summer after my first semester. I've grown so much and become so much more confident in myself as a person since coming here.

    JMU is a place like no other. We are a community here. There are so many different ways to get involved on campus, so much to do in Harrisonburg and the surrounding valley. You meet so many different types of people here, and we all come together to make JMU what it is. My first semester I was lonely; the only person I really knew was my boyfriend, and I had such a hard time with one of my major classes that I didn't have the time or energy to get involved with anything on campus. My second semester was completely different. I applied and was accepted to a new major, loved my classes, and got involved in a service sorority and the campus newspaper. I've made so many more friends and feel like I have a support group here.

    While my first semester was rough, once I was in a better place mentally everything fell into place. I love JMU and I love being a student here. I never want to leave!
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    Brigham Young University

    • Provo, UT
    • 6,805 reviews
    College Sophomore:BYU is awesome! I love the people that I've met, the classes that I have taken and the experiences that I have had at BYU that have shaped my life.
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    University of Wisconsin

    • Madison, WI
    • 2,816 reviews
    College Sophomore:This was my dream school and I know by the atmosphere it's where I belong. There are so many interesting courses to take and areas to explore. Overall, it is a fantastic school.
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    Ohio State University

    • Columbus, OH
    • 4,688 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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    Rice University

    • Houston, TX
    • 960 reviews
    College Sophomore:I'm incredibly happy with my decision to come to Rice. It's a small campus, so you'll have pretty small class sizes (max 150 for intro STEM classes, once you get past those its usually 15-40 people in a class) and personal relationships with your professors. It's pretty easy to make friends since you see a lot of familiar faces everywhere and you'll see a lot of the same people at events you're interested in (i.e. make sports friends at athletic events, party friends when you go out, school friends in classes- and a lot of these overlap). Rice academics very heavily favors the natural sciences, then social sciences, then humanities. That being said, there are still humanities majors at Rice, they just aren't as dominant as engineers or pre-meds. Students here really (really) care about doing well, so sometimes you'll get caught up in the "Rice bubble" where there's a lot of pressure to do everything (i.e. be involved in a ton of clubs, hold leadership positions, and get great grades), but as long as you learn to balance and keep thing in perspective you'll be fine. Professors aren't trying to fail you, students help each other, and it's a lot of fun. I would very highly recommend Rice, it's an amazing experience and I've learned so much.
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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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    Rollins College

    • Winter Park, FL
    • 905 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Rollins and it is a great fit. Be aware that it is a school for rich kids that have grown up with unlimited funds. The drug scene is hugeeee here, more so than any of the schools where my high school friends went. Rollins is on the druggiest schools list and this is very deserved. That's not necessarily bad, it just depends on your interests. The school is very fun; academics are easy and students have plenty of time to relax.
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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,759 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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    Penn State

    • University Park, PA
    • 6,145 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 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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    University of St. Thomas - Minnesota

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 1,033 reviews
    College Sophomore:The University of St. Thomas is a light in my life. In all actuality, the school has such bright colored buildings and people that it makes my experience so much happier. Smiling is one of my favorite things and every day I am here, it never fails to bring a smile to my face.
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    Texas A&M University

    • College Station, TX
    • 6,043 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 Central Florida

    • Orlando, FL
    • 20,000 reviews
    College Sophomore:UCF provides great opportunity and everything is truly there if you need it, as long as you're able to make the step to go get it. Help for really anything is available as long as the student takes the first step and wants to obtain it. The school and professors really want the students to succeed, the students just have to want to as well.
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    High Point University

    • High Point, NC
    • 1,302 reviews
    College Sophomore:I took a spanish class this semester which is usually difficult for me but my teacher had flexible office hours and cared enough to check in to see how i was understanding the material
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    University of Southern California

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 3,309 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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