40 of the best colleges, according to 137,000 students

The Princeton Review recently released its annual survey asking students to rate top schools in 62 categories, including best party school, most beautiful campus, and best campus food.

The online survey asked 137,000 students representing 382 colleges to report their experiences and rate their institutions in each category. The goal of the survey is to help prospective college students find schools that align with their values and interests, officials at the Princeton Review have said.

The EAB Daily Briefing staff rounded up the top five colleges in a handful of categories that we found interesting and thought you might like as well. You can also see the full lists here.

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Best career services

  1. Clemson University
  2. Bentley University
  3. Northeastern University
  4. Emerson College
  5. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Best library

  1. University of Chicago
  2. Columbia University
  3. Vassar College
  4. Stanford University
  5. United States Military Academy

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Best college newspaper

  1. Syracuse University
  2. Columbia University
  3. Ithaca College
  4. Pennsylvania State University–University Park
  5. Loyola University New Orleans

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Best campus food

  1. University of Massachusetts–Amherst
  2. Bowdoin College
  3. Washington University in St. Louis
  4. St. Olaf College
  5. James Madison University

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Happiest students

  1. Vanderbilt University
  2. Rice University
  3. University of Oklahoma
  4. Tulane University
  5. College of William and Mary

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Most beautiful campus

  1. University of San Diego
  2. Bucknell University
  3. Bryn Mawr College
  4. Elon University
  5. Vanderbilt University

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Town-gown relations are great

  1. Kansas State University
  2. Wheaton College (IL)
  3. United States Naval Academy
  4. Auburn University
  5. Clemson University

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Most engaged in community service

  1. Tulane University
  2. Saint Louis University
  3. Rhodes College
  4. United States Coast Guard Academy
  5. Saint Anselm College

(Princeton Review rankings, accessed 8/1).

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