The LEAST happy university campuses in America revealed

Revealed: The LEAST happy university campuses in America with Xavier University in New Orleans the worst-ranked

Xavier University of Louisiana has been named the unhappiest university campus in America, keeping the unwanted title for a second consecutive year. 

The liberal arts college in New Orleans, which describes itself as the only historically black and Catholic college in the United States, came top of the Princeton University Rankings ‘Least Happy Students’ table for 2020. 

The table ranks universities by students’ responses to the statement: ‘I am happy at my school’. 

The more students strongly disagree with the statement, the lower the university is ranked. 

Simmons University in Boston was second in the unhappiness table, followed by Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. 

Xavier University of Louisiana (pictured) has been named the unhappiest university campus in America, keeping the unwanted title for a second consecutive year

Xavier University of Louisiana (pictured) has been named the unhappiest university campus in America, keeping the unwanted title for a second consecutive year

Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts (pictured) was second in the 2020 unhappiness table produced by the Princeton Review

Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts (pictured) was second in the 2020 unhappiness table produced by the Princeton Review

The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, whose graduates become commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps, was fourth on the list. 

St John’s University, a Catholic university in Queens in New York City, was next, followed by Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Two more New York universities were seventh and eighth: Pace University, and Queens College of City University of New York respectively. 

The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville completed the top 10. 

Some 385 colleges were surveyed for the Princeton Review rankings, which compare schools by dozens of measures including teaching, health services and college dorms. 

The happiness question also produces a list of the 10 happiest campuses, with Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, earning a more welcome status as top of that table.

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey (pictured) was third in the table of least happy university campuses

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey (pictured) was third in the table of least happy university campuses

The United States Naval Academy (pictured) in Annapolis, Maryland, whose graduates become commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps, was fourth on the list

The United States Naval Academy (pictured) in Annapolis, Maryland, whose graduates become commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps, was fourth on the list

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, were numbers two and three. 

The size of the student body apparently makes little difference to happiness, as small schools such as Simmons and larger ones including St John’s both made the unhappiness list.  

Another table looks at whether students of different backgrounds generally interact with each other or not. 

Students are also asked whether their campus is LGBTQ-friendly and whether they think their professors are ‘interesting and bring the material to life’. 

In addition, students are asked about ‘town-gown relations’: how well they interact with local residents in the town or city where they are studying.

American universities took seven of the top 10 spots in this year’s Times Higher Education world rankings. 

However, British universities Oxford and Cambridge took the top two spots for the first time. 

Stanford was the highest-ranked U.S. university in that table, followed by MIT.   

The top 20 least happy universities in the United States and Canada

Source: Princeton University Rankings  

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