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Top 10 Happiest Colleges in the Country
Fastweb ^ | 18 June 2014 | Kathryn Knight Randolph

Posted on 06/18/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT by Vigilanteman

Original article was published by The Daily Beast earlier this month. If you don't care to go to the original, these are the top 10:

  1. Texas A& M
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Wisconsin
  4. Florida State University
  5. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  6. University of Florida
  7. Brigham Young University
  8. University of Georgia
  9. University of Texas, Austin
  10. Kansas State University


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: college; debt; education; happiness
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The biggest common denominator I can see is $10K or less difference between annual cost and average financial aid package. The only outlier is Stanford, and the difference is not great ($15K). Basically, this means that a kid who is willing to work part-time and earn half of that differential, needs only borrow $5K or so annually to make up the balance.

So they ought to be able to graduate with less than $30K in debt if they choose wisely.

1 posted on 06/18/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

This leaves out the Colleges in states where drugs are legal.


2 posted on 06/18/2014 7:51:13 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Gayest?


3 posted on 06/18/2014 7:51:35 AM PDT by Blogatron (- Permanently banned from owning an NBA team.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Yes! My Alma Mater is number 4! Go Noles!!!!!!


4 posted on 06/18/2014 7:52:21 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Let’s revisit this after the first semester in Colorado schools....


5 posted on 06/18/2014 7:52:41 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Vigilanteman

University of Wisconsin? Isn’t that located in Madison, a liberal hotbed? Liberals are always angry. Have any of you ever met a happy one in your life?


6 posted on 06/18/2014 7:53:14 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Vigilanteman

It is interesting that all but Stanford and BYU are state schools. MOST are in warmer climates.

I don’t know about the others, but just walking around the Stanford campus made me happy. It’s beautiful! As a student, tho, you tend to be too stressed to notice the beauty that surrounds you.

Most financial aid packages include work/study, so that takes up time for an outside job during the school year. There’s only so much a student can earn during summer break, but if they can keep total undergrad loans to $50K or less today, especially for a school like Stanford, that’s doing well.


7 posted on 06/18/2014 7:56:34 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: All

Cheap worthless off the cuff generalizations about this list...

1. Wisconsin students are generally drunk and stupid. Given that, how could you not be happy?

2. BYU students are primarily Mormons. The Mormons I’ve met seem to be generally happy content people.

3. UNC students are financially well-off and arrogant. Given that, I’d be happy too. P.S. I’m not a Dookie.

9. UT students are elitist and condescending in their thinking, a trait common to the Austin area. Given that no one challenges their belief systems, that’s why they’re happy.

OK, blast away at me!


8 posted on 06/18/2014 7:57:57 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Vigilanteman

The financial aid package most likely includes a Stafford loan of $5500-$7500 dollars, depending on year in college.


9 posted on 06/18/2014 7:58:08 AM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: dowcaet

Madison would be a hotbed of angry liberals, except that Madison is also known for a lot of beer. It’s hard to be mad when you’re drinking beer all the time.

The drawback is that you get lots of “girls of substance” with their fat corndog fingers.


10 posted on 06/18/2014 7:58:14 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m not blasting away. I think you are spot on.

Of course, these polls are meaningless. You can be happy or miserable anywhere. It’s up to you.


11 posted on 06/18/2014 8:00:13 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: Vigilanteman

$30 k

That we think $30k debt for a kid starting out in a 25% unemployment rate (that’s what’s reported for them) owing $17trillion bush Obama money ( it’ll be double when obamacare sets in) we won’t even worry about Hillary walking into bidens spot and taking over when Obama goes gleefully to Hawaii or into some UN spot, they’ll be glad to have a basement to beg put of


12 posted on 06/18/2014 8:01:10 AM PDT by stanne
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To: EDINVA; NattieShea
There’s only so much a student can earn during summer break, but if they can keep total undergrad loans to $50K or less today, especially for a school like Stanford, that’s doing well.

FReeper NattieShea just graduated from Stanford last Sunday, and with no debt. She's off to Michigan State this summer for a PhD program in microbiology.

13 posted on 06/18/2014 8:01:55 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Six are in the Southeast, two of those in Texas.

Two are in the Midwest and two in the West.

None from the northeast, which is university central. Interesting.

I was born & raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I love Texas and the South and the "Bible Belt". I think they are generally happier there than just about anywhere.

14 posted on 06/18/2014 8:02:01 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Betty Jane

Maybe. But even if you double the amount of college debt on graduation to $55K or so, it is still manageable if you’ve majored in something marketable.


15 posted on 06/18/2014 8:02:12 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: PapaNew
Plus the only left coast school is Stanford, which is private and very competitive to get into.

Need I also mention that it is also the Alta Mater of Thomas Sowell, arguably the greatest economist alive today, and home to the Hoover Institue, one of the great conservative think tanks?

16 posted on 06/18/2014 8:05:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: henkster

You do know the real reason U of W switched over to artificial turf right?

It was the only way they could stop their cheerleaders from grazing at halftime.


17 posted on 06/18/2014 8:07:18 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Vigilanteman

.... What .... no mention of any Clown College anywhere in this article.


18 posted on 06/18/2014 8:07:47 AM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: stanne
Kids willing to take jobs outside their field have a whole lot less than a 25% unemployment rate.

All three of my daughter had professional jobs within six months of graduation, all during the ObaMao years. Of course they majored in something which was actually marketable and one of the three is working in fields unrelated to their degree.

19 posted on 06/18/2014 8:09:51 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

And there are a ton who do not have that story, and who are not thinking about getting married or having kids and who owe $30 k and many a lot more

It is abusive that we are allowing this

Wait til we expect them to assist us later on Heck, social security... Ask your kids how much of their paycheck that takes from them. If they’re really smart they’ll know what our first year lawyer friend knows its 25%

Abuse. And they know they won’t see it. I’m counting on them to wise up and get rid of that


20 posted on 06/18/2014 8:16:20 AM PDT by stanne
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To: MplsSteve
Take it back!!!!! ;-)
21 posted on 06/18/2014 8:20:25 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Carry_Okie

Congrats to NattieShea!!!


22 posted on 06/18/2014 8:22:11 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Vigilanteman

Every one of them except Wisconsin is in the south or west. The women are better looking and the men are more (generally) polite.


23 posted on 06/18/2014 8:22:41 AM PDT by stoneyhll (If I am to err, let me err on the side of freedom)
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To: stoneyhll

I think Wisconsin is an outlier due to the reasons mentioned in post #10. Drunks are very happy people until they get their inevitable hangover.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

at BYU the Mormon kids go for free...

whats this got to do with cost equals level of happiness ???


25 posted on 06/18/2014 8:27:29 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Vigilanteman
# 9 The University of Texas - Austin.

--------------------------------------------> Known for burnt orange color.

The same burnt orange that God put in sunsets.

Oh, yes, we Longhorns are very pleased with ourselves, and are very defiant against A&M. - saber rattlers.

26 posted on 06/18/2014 8:32:09 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Right, but the Hoover Institute is not associated with Stanford University other than its physical locale on campus.


27 posted on 06/18/2014 8:36:04 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: MplsSteve

“9. UT students are elitist and condescending in their thinking, a trait common to the Austin area. Given that no one challenges their belief systems, that’s why they’re happy.”

The only people UT students are condescending to are A&M students. And vice versa.


28 posted on 06/18/2014 8:38:08 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Carry_Okie
"FReeper NattieShea just graduated from Stanford last Sunday, and with no debt. She's off to Michigan State this summer for a PhD program in microbiology."

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Congratulations to NattieShea!

29 posted on 06/18/2014 8:43:56 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: Abathar

*snicker*


30 posted on 06/18/2014 8:45:23 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: Vigilanteman

31 posted on 06/18/2014 8:46:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Vigilanteman

I can’t make out a pattern except they seem to trend South but not that much.

I do know if I was a boy living in Athens, Georgia or on campus at FSU, I would probably have a permanent smile on my face.


32 posted on 06/18/2014 8:46:57 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Vigilanteman

Gig ‘em, Aggies!


33 posted on 06/18/2014 8:51:21 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
"The only people UT students are condescending to are A&M students. And vice versa."

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And, there you go.

Visited my sister when she was at A&M. The main administrative hall had cowhide for their waiting chairs!

As a Longhorn, I took some offense! Cowhide was intentional, I do believe!

Dang.

34 posted on 06/18/2014 8:51:26 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: napscoordinator

C/O 2002 here! Go Noles!


35 posted on 06/18/2014 8:52:34 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Not surprised to see TAMU at the top of this list. Great school, great campus life and conservative values. My daughter enjoyed her college years there.


36 posted on 06/18/2014 8:52:43 AM PDT by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: Cincinatus
"Knowledge is good."

Love it!

37 posted on 06/18/2014 8:53:00 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: dowcaet

I have never met a happy liberal.

The one’s I know are bitter with chips on their shoulders.
Actually bricks on their shoulders might be a better term.


38 posted on 06/18/2014 9:01:30 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: dowcaet

Please, get it right: The People’s Republic of Madison.


39 posted on 06/18/2014 9:53:26 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: Tennessee Nana
at BYU the Mormon kids go for free...

Smells like BS to me. You know this how?

40 posted on 06/18/2014 9:57:05 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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The biggest common denominator I can see is $10K or less difference between annual cost and average financial aid package.

The "average financial aid package" is a meaningless marketing statistic for two big reasons: First, a small number of students receive a large amount of aide and that drives the averages up. Second, the financial aid package includes student loans such as subsidized Stafford loans, unsubsidized Stafford loans, and Federal Plus loans.

41 posted on 06/18/2014 10:16:52 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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Could be, except in the case of several of the state universities in the southeast, it also happens to be faily meaningful.

Georgia, I believe, gives full ride scholarships for any of their residents who pull a B+ or better average in High School.

North Carolina and Florida give greatly discounted tuition packages to their top 20% of high school performers. Freepers from that area of the country can clue us in on the specifics, but I've had relatives in all of those states who tell me that "average financial aid packages" are actually close to what better performing students actually get.

College education would be more meaningful if only the top quarter or so of high school graduates attended. I'd say conservatively, that at least 80% of entry level jobs which require college degrees only do so because it is an easy way to winnow the pool of applicants.

At least 75% of graduating high school seniors would be better served by two year degrees, vocational schools, apprentice training and the like.

It is a damn shame that so many prime working years are wasted in classrooms. But that would mean severely fewer job openings for leftist academics and ******* studies majors.

42 posted on 06/18/2014 10:52:50 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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College education would be more meaningful if only the top quarter or so of high school graduates attended. I'd say conservatively, that at least 80% of entry level jobs which require college degrees only do so because it is an easy way to winnow the pool of applicants.

That's because the gov't does not allow employers to give tests to screen job applicants because -- you know -- the tests are racist.

43 posted on 06/18/2014 11:03:28 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Vigilanteman; Tennessee Nana
It is BS.

2014-2015 per semester tuition for undergraduate students who are LDS will be $2,500; non-LDS undergraduates will pay $5,000 per semester. LDS law school students will pay $5,810 per semester; non-LDS law school students will pay $11,620 per semester. It is a LDS university, after all.

byu-posts-tuition-increases-for-2014-2015-academic-year

44 posted on 06/18/2014 11:37:08 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Bring back the sash!)
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To: hummingbird

I think it’s humorous that Texas A&M is such a little brother that out of the Aggie War Hymn’s 33 lines, 25 are about beating the University of Texas. Inferiority complex anyone?


45 posted on 06/18/2014 11:43:17 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Bring back the sash!)
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To: OriginalChristian

Point taken. Thank you.


46 posted on 06/18/2014 11:49:36 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Scoutmaster
Sounds like very reasonable tuitions in either case. Further, I have no problem with them charging more to non-LDS. They are a private university, after all, and probably view their own as having already paid some of their tuition in tithes and offerings much as a state university charges lower tuition for residents because (theoretically) they've paid for the difference in taxes.

In general, I've learned to take anything the more prominent bigots on this forum post with a large grain of salt.

47 posted on 06/18/2014 11:59:43 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: EDINVA

It depends - at many schools you cannot get work-study during summer break - you have to be taking classes.
Also at many schools all you get from work-study is the “right” to look for a job. (Certain jobs are designated work-study only, others are either open or work-study). If you do not find an employer who offers you a job, you do not get to claim your grant.


48 posted on 06/18/2014 8:21:17 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

Sorry, I guess I wasn’t clear. I was referring to work-study during the school year; independent employment during summer break.

My point was that it would be difficult for a student whose post-grant/scholarship school costs were @ $10-15K/year to make that kind of money during the summer break. Not too many students make $1K or more per week.

For a top-notch education @ Stanford, to graduate with $50K in loans after four years would not be that bad. I’d venture that those grads are 90%+ employed within 6 months, even in a tough economy. Most of the “highly competitive” universities make sure their students are adequately funded, one way or the other. I know most if not all the “Ivies” make sure their students are 100% funded, and graduate without debt.


49 posted on 06/19/2014 10:07:06 AM PDT by EDINVA
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For a top-notch education @ Stanford,

Look at Chelsea, just a few years after graduating she was able to buy a $10 million Manhattan condo!

50 posted on 06/19/2014 10:10:14 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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