25 colleges where students love life

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Students love attending the University of Texas at Austin.
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The University of Texas at Austin/Facebook

When choosing where to go to college, academics isn’t the only factor to consider.

College years are formative for young adults, so the extracurricular, recreational, and social opportunities offered by schools play an important role in the overall collegiate experience.

Business Insider included student-life rankings in its recent list of the 50 best colleges in America, drawing data from Niche, a company that compiles research on schools.

Niche assessed the social and community life of universities and provided letter grades based on factorslike campus quality, diversity, party scene, student retention, safety, and athletics. (Read the full methodology here.)

To highlight the schools that students love attending, here are the 25 colleges with the highest student-life scores on Niche. Big state schools dominated the list, with the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison earning the top three spots.

Read on to check out the full list.


25. Indiana University at Bloomington

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B+

Local area: A


24. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location: Champaign, Illinois

Campus quality: A

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A-

Local area: B+


23. Tulane University

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Tulane Public Relations/Flickr

Location: New Orleans

Campus quality: A

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B

Local area: A+


22. Brown University

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Facebook/Brown University

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Campus quality: A

Party scene: A

Diversity: A+

Local area: A


21. University of Florida

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University of Florida/Facebook

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Campus quality: A

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B+

Local area: A-


20. Georgetown University

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Facebook/Georgetown University

Location: Washington, DC

Campus quality: B+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A

Local area: A


19. Michigan State University

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Michigan State University/Facebook

Location: East Lansing, Michigan

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B+

Local area: A


18. University of Miami

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University of Miami/Facebook

Location: Coral Gables, Florida

Campus quality: A-

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A+

Local area: A


17. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/Facebook

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A

Diversity: B

Local area: A


16. University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania/Facebook

Location: Philadelphia

Campus quality: A

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A+

Local area: A


15. Ohio State University

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B-

Local area: A


14. University of California at Santa Barbara

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Facebook/UC Santa Barbara

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A-

Local area: A


13. Vanderbilt University

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Facebook/Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A-

Local area: A-


12. Rice University

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Facebook/Rice University

Location: Houston

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A

Diversity: A+

Local area: A-


11. Washington University in St. Louis

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Facebook/Washington University in St. Louis

Location: St. Louis

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A

Diversity: A

Local area: A-


10. University of Virginia

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University of Virginia/Facebook

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Campus quality: A

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B

Local area: A-


9. Penn State

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Penn State/Facebook

Location: State College, Pennsylvania

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B+

Local area: A


8. University of California at Los Angeles

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UCLA/Facebook

Location: Los Angeles

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A

Diversity: A

Local area: A+


7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Via Flickr

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A

Diversity: A+

Local area: A+


6. University of Southern California

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University of Southern California/Facebook

Location: Los Angeles

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A+

Local area: A


5. Yale University

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Yale University/Facebook

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A

Diversity: A+

Local area: B+


4. University of Georgia

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University of Georgia/Facebook

Location: Athens, Georgia

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B-

Local area: A


3. University of Wisconsin

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: B+

Local area: A+


2. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A-

Local area: A


1. University of Texas at Austin

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The University of Texas at Austin/Facebook

Location: Austin, Texas

Campus quality: A+

Party scene: A+

Diversity: A-

Local area: A+