Believe it or not, the fairly thin kid kneeling on the floor in front (Next to Tree Rollins who went on to 18 seasons of professional basketball) is me in the public speaking class I took at Clemson University. See how happy we all are! Maybe it's because back in the '70's, Clemson was the happiest university in America. Then again, that is just my opinion.
In 2008, however, Clemson University has been rated as the #1 happiest university by the "Princeton Review" which asked 120,000 students at 368 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics. The results will be reported in the 2009 edition of The Princeton's Review's annual college guide "The Best 368 Colleges" on sale now for $21.95.
Four schools in SC made it into the top 20 ratings on various topics. Here's the breakdown:
No. 1: Happiest Students and
No. 2: Relationship Between School and Town
No. 6: Best Overall Quality of Life
No. 7: Best Athletic Facilities and Student Support of School Sports
No. 8: Best Career/Job Placement Services
No. 20: School Runs Like Butter (administrative efficiency)
No. 15: Great College Towns
No. 9: Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution (What? They rate this sort of thing?)
No. 9: Most Religious Students
No. 13: School Runs Like Butter
No. 2: Major Frat and Sorority Scene
No. 13: Most Conservative Students
No. 20: Professors Get High Marks
So, Don't Worry, Be Happy!