William and Mary ranks 51st on list of happiest colleges

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April 15, 2010

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Following up on their ranking of the nation’s 50 most stressful universities, news website “The Daily Beast” has complied a list of America’s 100 happiest colleges.

The College William and Mary came in 51st on the scale, behind the University of Richmond (45th) and the University of Virginia (48th). Claremont McKenna College in California was ranked the highest on the happiness scale.

The Daily Beast took into consideration the top 50 public universities, the top 50 liberal arts colleges and the top 50 national universities as designated by U.S. News and World Report’s Best College rankings, plus the 50 largest universities by enrollment according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The ranking was based on student opinions of campus housing, dining, and nightlife as reported by the website College Prowler, average graduate indebtedness, average freshman retention rate, and number of student clubs and organizations as reported by U.S. News and World Report, and percentage of daylight hours that are sunny, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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