Students rank small liberal arts schools higher than Ivy League and UCs

Williams and Bowdoin rank especially high on several student-generated rankings. Every year, the Princeton Review’s college rankings survey 140,000 students across 385 schools to generate 62 different lists of top 20 schools in eight categories. Below we include our picks from the results of five Academic surveys (1).

(1) 2019 Ranking: schools with the attached link (blue) overlap with the Fahey Associates curated college list.

Rank ↓ Best Classroom Experience ⤻ Students Study the Most ⤻ Professors Get High Marks ⤻ Most Accessible Professors ⤻ Best Science Lab Facilities ⤻
1 Reed College California Institute of Technology Sarah Lawrence College United States Military Academy Lehigh University
2 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Williams College Reed College Williams College United States Military Academy
3 United States Military Academy Reed College Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Wabash College St. Olaf College
4 Sarah Lawrence College Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Mt. Holyoke College College of Wooster California Institute of Technology
5 St. John’s College (MD) College of Wooster St. John’s College (MD) Webb Institute United States Naval Academy
6 Grinnell College Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Grinnell College Whitman College Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
7 University of Richmond College of the Atlantic Thomas Aquinas College Colby College University of Scranton
8 Williams College Harvey Mudd College Bennington College Harvey Mudd College William and Mary
9 St. Olaf College Webb Institute Vanderbilt University Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Stanford University
10 Marlboro College United States Military Academy Wabash College St. John’s College (MD) Harvey Mudd College
11 Bucknell University Brown University Marlboro College Thomas Aquinas College Johns Hopkins University
12 Mt. Holyoke College St. John’s College (NM) Hillsdale College Furman University Bucknell University
13 Wabash College Lehigh University Hobart and William Smith College Hillsdale College Loyola Marymount University
14 College of Wooster Gettysburg College Dickinson College Wake Forest University United States Air Force Academy
15 Earlham College Wellesley College Bowdoin College St. John’s College (NM) Grinnell College
16 Bennington College Grinnell College Emory University Carleton College St. Lawrence University
17 Thomas Aquinas College St. John’s College (MD) Wheaton College (IL) Grinnell College Trinity University
18 Gettysburg College The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Williams College Randolph College Georgia Institute of Technology
19 Bard College Hillsdale College University of Richmond University of Richmond Emory University
20 Hamilton College Bowdoin College Wellesley College Bowdoin College Wheaton College
Note: See the Princeton Review article for the complete set of 62 college rankings
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