According to the 2013 Unigo College rankings, Barnard College has the second happiest students of any school in America, behind only University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The fact that this ranking is from the end of August may explain why the Barnard students they interviewed, Ellie and Brittany, didn’t just say “I’m sorry, I can’t talk, I have to go cry into my drink from Liz’s Place about all the midterms I have this week”. The reasons the article gives about why Barnard students are so happy sound very familiar, almost like they were lifted straight from that seductive brochure that had “At Barnard, I majored in Unafraid” written on the front… So, Barnard women, as you trudge through the dank tunnels to Hewitt, remember that you’re living the college student’s (#2) dream.
Here’s the article, for the lazy:
A top-notch women’s liberal arts college under the umbrella of Columbia University, Barnard gives its small, elite population access to stellar faculty, lots of encouragement and attention, and everything New York City has to offer. Although its campus is small—-only four square city blocks—-the school’s 2,300 students can take advantages of all of Columbia’s resources, including classes, libraries, dining halls, sports teams, sororities and publications, without having to be subjected to its rigid core curriculum.
Ellie, a Freshman at Barnard, couldn’t be more pleased. “Students at Barnard are genuinely happy- happy to study, happy to be together, happy to be at Barnard. It is a self-selecting group, women who want to learn in a academic environment and learn from each other. It makes Barnard a pleasant and, moreover, inspiring place to be.”
Brittany, a Psychology Junior, appreciates the mix of being in one of the largest cities in the world, complete with its distractions and advantages, while also being part of a small, tight-knit community. ” We are getting the best education money can offer, and even though it is really expensive, I would not have been happier anywhere else. You really come into your own here, and gain skills necessary to make a difference in the world.”