Brown Named Top 10 Happiest and Most Stressful in US—Newsweek
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Newsweek partnered with College Prowler to rank colleges on a number of hot topics--beauty, rigor, and affordability, to name just a few. For the happiness ranking, Newsweek looked at student satisfaction with their college experience, if they would attend the same school given a choice, and retention rate.
Happy + stressed at Brown
With a full-time retention rate at 98 percent and 91 percent of students saying they would choose Brown again, it's no wonder the university finally made Newsweek's happiness charts this year--though last year it did not make the Top 25. But Brown still fell behind the top three most happy schools in 2012--Stanford University at #1, Minnesota's Carleton College at #2, and Yale University at #3.
Yet happy students are not necessarily stress-free, according to Newsweek's rankings. Brown does not fair well when it comes to stress, moving up from #17 most stressful in 2011 to a frightening #6, just behind Harvard University at #4 and Columbia University at #3.
This year, the odd happiness-stress combo is due to Newsweek's formula for stress, which is based on six metrics and heavily emphasizes financial matters--tuition, percent of students receiving financial aid, the average amount of financial aid, selectivity, and crime. About half of Brown students receive aid, though the tuition is more than $55K per year.
PC and Salve Regina: Politics + money
Providence College has been named amongst the top 20 most conservative colleges, at #19. Thirty-one percent of the students at PC consider their campus very conservative, while 38 percent consider it conservative. To contrast, Brown was named the #23 most liberal school, with 44 percent of students identifying the student body as very liberal and 48 percent deeming it liberal.
Newport's Salve Regina University ranked at #23 least affordable, with 84 percent of students graduating with debt, at an average of $35,737. The ranking was based on long-term affordability--debt after graduating, tuition, financial aid, and future earnings.
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