The Colleges With the Friendliest Students

The Colleges With the Friendliest Students

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Religious colleges and universities dominate the top of the list.

Heading to college is one of the scariest challenges for incoming freshmen. The “great unknown” can strike fear in many hearts, making the transition from home life to college life difficult for not a few students. Some colleges, however, work very hard to welcome all students and have been recognized by Niche.com for having among the friendliest students in the nation.

Let’s take a look at the five schools with the friendliest students at colleges and universities across the United Staes. We’ll also look at select other schools that made Niche.com’s list of 589 colleges based on 84,000 opinions submitted by 55,000 students nationwide.

1. and 2. — The Mormon Way

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, routinely places at or near the top in surveys for the most conservative educational institutions in America. Brigham Young University requires its students to follow a code of honor, including to, “use clean language” and to “respect others.” The following of that code may be the reason why this Utah-based, church-run school took first place in the survey. Another reason may be its low cost — students pay just $4,850 per year in tuition. Who wouldn’t be friendly with such a small financial burden on their shoulders?

Oh, by the way, the school’s Idaho campus came in second place. So, whether you attend a BYU campus in Provo, Utah, or in Rexburg, Idaho, you may find the friendliness contagious.

3. Biola University

It probably shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that a California institution also placed so high in the Niche.com survey. Biola University, a La Mirada-based school with just 4,350 students, is located between Los Angeles and Santa Ana with easy access to Long Beach, Yorba Linda, Whittier and Anaheim. The non-denominational university attracts Baptist and Evangelical Free students and also operates the Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in New York City.

4. Whitworth University

Located in Spokane, Washington, Whitworth University is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and has a collective undergraduate and graduate enrollment of under 3,000 students. Located on 200 suburban acres, Whitworth has 10 residence halls for undergraduate students. Nightly PrimeTime residence hall gatherings make it possible for students to meet with their student leaders, an important connection point that may contribute to this school’s friendliness.

5. Franciscan University of Steubenville

Just 45 minutes west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. This Catholic university was established in 1946 and claims an overall enrollment of about 2,800 students. What may make this university appealing is its adherence to church doctrine. For the past four decades, the university has operated faith households, composed of three or more people of the same gender. The university says that “…the household system was created to help students find common ground upon which their faith and academic walk could be traveled.” Members will often attend mass or head to a sporting event together, share aspects of their lives with each other and build one another up.

Best of the Rest

Most of the top colleges and universities that made the Niche.com list are religiously affiliated. The highest-ranked secular institution is Rice University in Houston, Texas, placing seventh just behind Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and ahead of Taylor University, California Baptist University and Liberty University.

Niche.com only published the Top 100 schools, leaving everyone wondering who came in near the bottom of its list. You can find where your school ranked by plugging in its name. If a search returns, then you will discover its “friendliest” ranking.

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