2017 Colleges with the Best Professors in America
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The 2017 Colleges with the Best Professors ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges have diverse, accomplished, and well paid faculty members that are rated highly by students.
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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.
- Houston, TX
- 960 reviews
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I just transferred into Brown and I honestly have to say that it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Brown is a wonderful place to be and being here made me realize how great the college experience can be. Everyone at Brown is incredibly intelligent yet down-to-earth and there's always something to do on campus (e.g. Jane Goodall just gave a lecture last week). The food here is great and the campus is stunning as well. All in all, Brown really takes care of their undergraduates and is an amazing place to be.
- Providence, RI
- 916 reviews
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Chicago lives up to its standards of being diverse, academically rigourous, and a safe place for inquiry of all kinds. My experience so far has been fantastic, and I'm excited to come back for three more years.
- Chicago, IL
- 1,102 reviews
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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.
- New Haven, CT
- 913 reviews
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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.
- Stanford, CA
- 1,085 reviews
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Perfect balance between large university and small liberal arts feel. Community is greatly emphasized--creating a 'community of care.' While not having a football team is a drawback, it is easy to get over and students continue to root for their home teams. As a freshman who has been here for a little over a month, the work load is heavy but manageable if you balance your time.
- Atlanta, GA
- 1,369 reviews
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Caltech is probably the best place for geology in the country. There are lots of field trips, brilliant professors (the tops in their fields), and it's easy even for freshman to find research opportunities.
- Pasadena, CA
- 105 reviews
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Everyone around me is passionate about some topic. It's inspiring to see what my classmates are up to, whether it's research or startups or personal projects. The atmosphere can be stressful, but the community is incredibly supportive if you reach out for help.
- Cambridge, MA
- 578 reviews
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Pomona College is extremely special. It's honestly the people here that make the school, but the good weather doesn't hurt. :) A large majority of the students here are open-minded, extremely intelligent, fun, laid-back, and passionate. There are tons of opportunities to get active on campus and it's really hard to be bored here. One of my favorite parts about Pomona is that there's pretty much a community for everyone here.. and if there isn't, you can start one. When I say "community" I mean the various mentor groups on campus, sports groups, music groups, art groups... and its really easy to be fluid in them, too. The food is pretty good too. And the dorms are huge. I'm going into my junior year and I have yet to have a roommate. :)
- Claremont, CA
- 343 reviews
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If you're into strong academics, Colby is the place to be. Apart from all the majors, smart and supportive professors and study abroad options, It offers a unique environment for students to participate in research. As a liberal arts college with professors committed only on undergraduates, Colby offers incredible scholarship opportunities for those into basic research. This point, I believe, is what makes Colby even more desirable than big research universities. Professors have no PhD students, postdocs etc. to distract them so undergraduates can be much more involved in all aspects of research. I would definitely choose Colby again if I could do it all over again.
- Waterville, ME
- 487 reviews
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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.
- Saint Louis, MO
- 1,322 reviews
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Barnard is the best school in the world. I have grown so much as a person and I attribute this to the empowering all female environment that Barnard offers. I love my friends and I love New York City. I cannot have imagined a better college experience.
- New York, NY
- 395 reviews
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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.
- Los Angeles, CA
- 3,308 reviews
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The academics are challenging, thought-provoking, and high-quality. Small class sizes, dedicated professors. It's a good set-up. We can also take classes at the other 5Cs (Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, Pomona).
- Claremont, CA
- 425 reviews
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The student body is very inclusive and open as every event is free and open to everyone on campus. What's great is that the entire student body chooses to be in Grinnell, which is truly what makes our community special. We don't have a Greek system, but we have over 500 events each year, including speakers, parties, performances, and bands, and over 200+ clubs and organizations. You only need one other person who is interested to start your own club or group, if we don't have it and you can get funding from our Student Government Association.
- Grinnell, IA
- 376 reviews
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As a graduating senior, I can definitively say that my four years at Princeton have been the best four years of my life. No-loan financial aid, a wealth of quality opportunities, and the best student and faculty body I could have ever wanted combine here to make a school which has rightly been rated #1 the whole time I've been in attendance. Princeton has some of the tightest-knit and most generous alums in the world, and it's easy to see why. If you get accepted, you'd be a fool not to come.
- Princeton, NJ
- 382 reviews
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I absolutely love Wake Forest! I am so happy that I decided to go to Wake. Not only does it feel like home but it has truly become my home. The people I have met are incredible people and I have so many great memories from my first year of college.
- Winston Salem, NC
- 723 reviews
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CMU is an amazing school and if you work hard, you can pretty much get whatever job you want. Tesla, spaceX, microsoft, apple, etc... we have way more than enough opportunities for internships and jobs. If you graduate and work hard, you will get an amazing job at your pick of companies. And not just the CS majors (engineers, art students, CS students, and drama students tend to do very well)
- Pittsburgh, PA
- 1,299 reviews
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