The 15 Highest-Rated Colleges According to Student Reviews

8. Denison University (Granville, OH)

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Denison has some of the most robust career-preparation initiatives of any school in the country. Denison’s Knowlton Career Center helps students enter the real-world job market with its Denison Internship Program, a unique program designed to prepare Denison students for life after graduation.

For a school placing so much emphasis on career-oriented skillbuilding, Denison also has an incredible music and arts scene. 

Several creative festivals are hosted each year by Denison students, including the Beck Series in which famous authors come to engage and perform for students. Past speakers of the Beck Series include Tom Stoppard, one of the world’s most famous playwrights.

Another program, called The Vail Series, has hosted a number of  contemporary classical musical performers, including Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Ithak Perlman.

Admission to Denison is competitive, as it is widely considered a top-50 liberal arts college. The acceptance rate is less than 45%.

Denison is just 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, one of the midwest’s most active & diverse college towns. 

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 283

7. Hamilton College (Clinton, NY)

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Hamilton is the highest-ranked liberal arts college on this list according to US News, coming in at #14 in the most recent edition of the list.

One of the hallmark offerings of Hamilton College is a yearly presentation known as the Sacerdote Great Names Series. In this series, some of the world’s most famous actors, thinkers, politicians, and personalities engage with students and professors through a series of public lectures.

Guests have included Tina Fey, Derek Jeter, Hillary Clinton, John Stewart, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and overa dozen more.

Admission to Hamilton demonstrates exceptional accomplishment in high school. The average admitted student is not only in the top 10% of their class, but also obtained a score of 1400+ on the SAT.  

Hamilton is tremendously focused on growth as well as empowering their students. To this end, the school has invested an amazing $300m+ into their facilities over the last 15 years alone.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 413

6. Albion College (Albion, MI)

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Albion is an amazing hidden gem of a liberal arts college; we recently named it among the top liberal arts colleges on the rise in the country

In a recent study produced by, Albion was the #1 small school in the entire state of Michigan with the highest earning graduates.

One unique offering of Albion College is its focus on the study of nature. To this end, the school is home to the 144-acre Whitehouse Nature Center, a preserve with six miles of trails, 400 plant varieties, and 170 species of birds.

Studying throughout the world is a core value of Albion; students can engage in study-abroad at affiliated institutions in London, Heidelberg, Tokyo, Seoul, Cape Town, Athens, and Paris, among other schools.

Students and alumni alike rate their experience at Albion very highly, making it among the most beloved liberal arts colleges in the country.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 418

5. Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC)

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According to the 2016 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Wofford ranks among the best colleges in the country. 

Considering the survey’s metrics were based on excellence of campus environment, experience working with faculty, and learning alongside peers, it is no surprise that Wofford is one of the 5 highest-rated colleges in the country according to student reviews.

One of Wofford’s most unique offerings is their Interim program, an initiative designed to give students the opportunity to learn from faculty outside their major. Students can participate in faculty-led projects outside their primary academic focus, providing students a true well-rounded academic college experience.

Serving the community is a staple of the school’s culture; at least six alumni have gone into Teach for America. In multiple years, Wofford had been selected by the Obama administration for its Community Service Honor Roll.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 460

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