The 15 Highest-Rated Colleges According to Student Reviews

4. Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH)

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With 2,000 students representing over 30 countries, Wittenberg is a small Ohio college with a large global impact. 

Wittenberg is among the top liberal arts colleges in the country for a number of programs. Interestingly, it has been rated within the last decade by The Fiske Guide among the best small colleges in the country for drama, placing it in the same company as Juilliard and Princeton.

For a school of just a few thousand students, Wittenberg consistently graduates some of the most accomplished young minds in the country; in 2019 alone, three Wittenberg students received a Fulbright grant, one of academia’s most prestigious honors.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 526

3. Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)

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Historically, Bryn Mawr College was the first women’s college in the country to offer a PhD. Since then, it has risen to become one of the highest-rated colleges nationwide by students and major publications alike.

The core of the Bryn Mawr experience lies in their empowerment of women through not only the classroom, but also through experiential learning. One recent example of this kind of experiential learning took place when Anthropology as well as East Asian Languages course students took a trip to Southwest China.

The school has a close relationship with other Pennsylvania higher education institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania as well as Swarthmore and Haverford; at Haverford, Bryn Mawr students can take as many classes as they want and even choose to do their major at Haverford.

Alumni of Bryn Mawr include the first female president of Harvard University Drew Gilpin Faust as well as legendary actress Katharine Hepburn. Former American president Woodrow Wilson was once on the faculty of Bryn Mawr.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 624

2. Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL)

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Birmingham-Southern College is one of the finest hidden gem colleges in the country with an acceptance rate of less than 50%, making it among the more selective liberal arts institutions in the nation.

Perhaps BSC’s biggest claim to fame is their unique E-Term. The idea behind the E-term, which stands for Exploration Term program, is for students to participate in an unusual activity designed to foster learning in an unusual environment. Past E-Term projects include hiking through Patagonia, teaching in Harlem, and swimming with dolphins

What makes BSC special is not just its focus on experiential learning, however; the faculty and staff who run BSC place an emphasis on individualized instruction. Small classes, favorable student teacher ratios, and 55 major/minor offerings makeup the unique atmosphere of this special school.

Rating on Facebook: 4.9 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 442

1. Meredith College (Raleigh, NC)

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The #1 rated college in the country according to student reviews is Meredith College, one of the world’s finest women’s colleges. 

What makes Meredith College so highly ranked by students? One reason could be their unique coaching program, unlike any other offering at any other liberal arts college. 

This coaching program, known as StrongPoints, utilizes 1-on-1 coaching to help Meredith students identify their strengths with an in-depth assessment. After the assessment, Meredith continuously helps each student configure the right curriculum and experiential offerings based on their personal strengths.

The result is not only a tailored-fit collegiate experience, but also unusually excellent preparation for a satisfying career after college.

StrongPoints is just one part of what makes Meredith a special institution. An unprecedented 98% of alumni would recommend Meredith to another student according to the school’s surveys, demonstrating an exceptionally high satisfaction rating students have for this school.

Rating on Facebook: 4.9 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 504

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