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Top Ten Colleges for Smartest Professors, Most Flexible Curriculums, and Best Course Variety

The online service College Prowler conducts student surveys on a wide variety of topics including college and university facilities, atmosphere, overall experience, and perceptions of campus men and women. Its most recent survey results for student views of academics on their campuses are listed below. It uses a seven point scale with a seven being the highest score.

Here are the rankings/ratings for smartest professors, most flexible curricula, and best college courses:

Smartest Professors

1. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 7.0
2. Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 6.92
3. Rice University, Houston, TX 6.91
4. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 6.91
5. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 6.88
6. Duke University, Durham, NC 6.88
7. Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 6.88
8. Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 6.88
9. York College Pennsylvania, York, PA 6.86
10. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 6.88

Most Flexible Curriculums

1. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 7.0
2. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 6.83
3. Pitzer College, Claremont, CA 6.71
4. Yale University, New Haven, CT 6.67
5. Smith College, Northampton, MA 6.53
6. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 6.50
7. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL 6.45
8. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 6.43
9. Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 6.38

Best Courses Overall/Variety
1. Yale University, New Haven, CT 6.89
2. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 6.75
3. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL 6.64
4. Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA 6.63
5. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 6.62
6. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 6.57
7. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 6.56
8. Stanford University, Stanford, CA 6.53
9. Penn State, University Park, PA 6.51
10. Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 6.50


Conclusion:

Proactive students and their families should go beyond student survey results and conduct research on schools of interest by going to their web-sites and acquiring a copy of US News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue to compare them. Moreover, contact departments in possible majors to ask about class size, the percentage of teachers who are tenured and tenure-track, and placements in graduate schools and jobs. Campus visits are also highly recommended where questions can be posed to students and staff. Experienced private college counseling services can help you make sense of the application process and maximize your chances of finding the right school.

David Dickson is an admissions counselor at Top Test Prep which offers tutoring and test preparation with admissions experts who help you gain admission to your top schools. Call (800) 501-7737 to learn more.