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Written by: kmurphy
Monday, November 21, 2011 

Each year, fellow consultant and IECA President Dodge Johnson compiles a list of America's Happiest Campuses. This list is based on the percentage of freshmen who return as sophomores or in other words, which colleges have the highest freshmen to sophomore retention rates. Obviously there are many factors which influence a student's decision to stay or leave a campus, and this is just one way to surmise their level of happiness – their willingness and desire to return sophomore year.

With Dodge's permission, I am sharing this list with you today. Where does your future college fall on the list?

Berkeley, UC at
Brown University
California Institute Of Technology
Carleton College
Chicago, University of
Columbia University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Harvard University
Los Angeles, UC at
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
North Carolina, University of
Northwestern University
Notre Dame, University of
Olin College of Engineering
Pennsylvania, University of
Pomona College
Princeton University
Southern California, University of
Stanford University
Tufts University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University

Amherst College
Barnard College
Boston College
Bowdoin College
Bucknell University
Carnegie-Mellon University
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colorado College
Cooper Union
Cornell University
Davidson College
Emory University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute Of Technology
Hamilton College
Haverford College
Holy Cross, College of the
Illinois, University of
Irvine, UC at
Johns Hopkins University, The
Lafayette College
Macalester College
Maryland, University of
Michigan, University of
Middlebury College
New Jersey, College of
Oberlin College
Pitzer College
Rhode Island School Of Design
Rice University
Rochester, University of
San Diego, UC at
Scripps College
Skidmore College
Swarthmore College
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia, University of
Wake Forest University
Washington And Lee University
Wellesley College
William And Mary, College of
Wisconsin, University of
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

CUM GAUDIA (91-93%)
American University
Babson College
Bates College
Bentley University
Binghamton, SUNY
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College
Cal Poly
Case Western Reserve
Centre College
Chapman University
Colgate University
Connecticut, University of
Davis, UC at
Delaware, University of
Florida State University
Fordham University
Geneseo, SUNY at
Grinnell College
Grove City College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Wesleyan University
James Madison University
Kalamazoo College
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Michigan State University
Minnesota, University of
Mt. Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Ohio State University
Penn State
Pittsburgh, University of
Providence College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Richmond, University of
Rochester Institute Of Technology
Rutgers University
Santa Barbara, UC at
Santa Clara University
Smith College
St. John's University
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Stonehill College
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Texas, University of
Trinity College
Tulane University
Union College
Virginia Tech
Washington, University of
Whitman College




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