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Colleges with the best professors in America

  • Colleges with the best professors in America

    There are a lot of variables when it comes to higher education. In the hands of different professors, the same English 101 curriculum can present as two very different experiences. That’s why it’s crucial for prospective students to choose a school with top-notch instructors: professors can have a huge impact on the academic experience.

    It’s not always easy to determine the quality of a professor before enrolling in a class, however. Negative reviews from students angry about a tough final exam can falsely drop ratings of otherwise good professors. To find out which private and public colleges have the best professors in the country, Stacker turned to Niche’s rankings of 50 four-year institutions across the country.

    Niche used student reviews and key data points from the U.S. Department of Education, such as the student-faculty ratio, research expenditures per student, faculty diversity index, and professor salary index, to assign each university’s professors a letter grade. Scroll through the slides to find out how your alma mater stacks up.

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  • #50. Reed College

    Location: Portland, OR
    Number of undergraduates: 1,379
    Acceptance rate: 31%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $27,805
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $37,900

  • #49. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
    Number of undergraduates: 27,969
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
    Net price: $16,107
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,100

  • #48. Williams College

    Location: Williamstown, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 2,058
    Acceptance rate: 18%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    Net price: $18,167
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,100

  • #47. Saint Louis University

    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Number of undergraduates: 6,747
    Acceptance rate: 65%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $33,222
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,400

  • #46. Washington State University

    Location: Pullman, WA
    Number of undergraduates: 21,652
    Acceptance rate: 72%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
    Net price: $17,815
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $48,600

  • #45. Haverford College

    Location: Haverford, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,268
    Acceptance rate: 21%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $21,144
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,300

  • #44. Middlebury College

    Location: Middlebury, VT
    Number of undergraduates: 2,506
    Acceptance rate: 16%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $21,437
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,600

  • #43. Swarthmore College

    Location: Swarthmore, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,542
    Acceptance rate: 13%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $19,641
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,500

  • #42. Boston University

    Location: Boston, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 16,628
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $31,539
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $62,000

  • #41. Scripps College

    Location: Claremont, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,030
    Acceptance rate: 30%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    Net price: $37,860
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $49,700

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