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If you’re thinking about attending college, you’re probably interested in knowing where the friendliest colleges are. After all, college can be anxiety provoking enough so its important to make sure your school makes you happy. Fortunately, Niche did a survey concerning the topic and have compiled a list of the top 10 friendliest colleges. Most are smaller schools with enrollment under 10,000, but none-the-less, you’re more apt to feel welcomed and thrive at such campuses.
Here they are:
1. Brigham Young University
The Mormon college BYU is voted the friendliest college around, probably because the students are encouraged to follow the Mormon’s way of life. With values such as respect, high morals, and friendliness high priority, students are sure to feel accepted and loved at BYU.
2. Brigham Young University- Idaho
Yes, coming in at number 2 is BYU located in Rexburg, Idaho. Regardless of where you attend BYU, you’re sure to find that the friendliness and warm welcome is contagious, making it much easier to adjust to college life.
3. Biola University
California based Biola University is a small college that boasts friendly students and the typical Cali charm. With under 5,000 students, the non-denominational college draws students who crave a small community feel with love and acceptance as primary core values.
4. Whitworth University
Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington is a small university connected to the Presbyterian Church. The campus is huge, with more than 200 acres and focus on student leadership is important. Perhaps this is one reason it has such a friendly feel, as the student leaders are diligent at helping other students feel at home and thrive on campus.
5. Franciscan University of Steubenville
With enrollment around 2,800, this university boast friendliness and attributes much of this to its friendly church doctrine. Three or more same gender students live together and many admit this makes them feel like a family. They spend a lot of time together and attend events together, just like families tend to do.
6. Stanford University
Located in Stanford, California, this college makes the top 10 friendliest college list based on students who love the idea that jocks are not just jocks and the party animal is not only interested in partying. Most students attend Stanford for its superb academic portal and fine reputation, making it a super friendly college.
7. Brown University
With a student population around 6,500, Brown University offers a unique crowd who simply loves to learn. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the college is known for its diverse and unique curriculum and some notable alumni, including Emma Watson and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT appeals to those with a large interest in science and technology. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this small university (population 4,512) is full of students that tend to be grounded well with optimism paving the way of their future careers. Notable alumni include NASA astronaut Edgar Dean Mitchell
9. Rice University
Rice University is an interesting little college located in Houston, Texas. With the student population under 4,000, the feel of the campus is nurturing and friendly. Students come from all over and tend to be accepting and quite inviting to new students.
10. The University of Texas- Austin
Located in Austin, Texas with a super low in-state tuition, the University of Texas boasts a friendly campus with a diverse crowd. Just as Austin is full of unique individuals, the student body at this medium-sized college has students from all sorts of niches- from frat guys to tech-nerdsters to stud-muffin athletes.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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