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Here are 10 Colleges with a 100% Freshman Satisfaction Rate

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When you visit a college while in high school, the student body and campus life may seem spectacular. However, that very same college could actually be low in student satisfaction, which may mean fewer students returning for sophomore year. Receiving a 100% freshman satisfaction rate can be difficult for even the most well-known colleges to achieve.

You may be surprised to see that many Ivy League schools, including Harvard University or Columbia University, or beloved colleges like the University of Notre Dame or Duke University, didn’t make the cut. Listed below are 10 colleges ranked with a 100% freshman satisfaction rate in the United States.


1. Cox College

Cox College, formerly Burge School of Nursing, is a private college located in Springfield, Missouri. The college is known for offering degrees in nursing and health professions. The cost of tuition and fees is $10,270 per academic year with nearly 900 students in attendance. Class sizes have remained small since the opening of the school in 1907. The school started with admission of three students and has continued to grow since. In 1997, Cox College developed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and has since added six different programs.

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2. Olin College of Engineering

Olin College of Engineering has one main goal: to change the way students learn about engineering. This college emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, teamwork, hands-on design, business, creativity, and communication for all students. The Olin campus is located in Needham, Massachusetts, 14 miles west of Boston. Cost of attendance is $74,286 per academic year including room and board.

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3. The Jewish Theological Seminary

The Jewish Theological Seminary was founded in 1886 and is a private, specialized institution affiliated with the Jewish faith. Programs are offered through the College of Jewish Music, H.L. Miller Cantorial School, Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, and more. There is an abundance of opportunities and programs offered for students to teach, observe, and celebrate Jewish living. Cost of attendance at JTS varies depending on the school.

Find more information on The Jewish Theological Seminary from CollegeData.



4. Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Sacred Heart Major Seminary was founded in 1919 and is located in Detroit, Michigan. This school is a private institution with religious affiliation and over 450 undergraduate or graduate students. Sacred Heart Major Seminary allows individuals to become prepared for Roman Catholic priesthood for the diocese nationally and internationally. Sacred Heart offers a variety of unique academic programs, such as Music Ministry and Catholic Theology.

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5. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts was founded in 1978 and is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The campus is located in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Thomas More College offers one undergraduate major in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, featuring a “great books” curriculum emphasizing the great works of civilization from Antiquity through the Middle Ages and into the Modern Age.

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6. Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College of Health Sciences is a private, Catholic institution focused on training students for careers in healthcare. Its campus is located in Des Moines, Iowa and the college has partnerships with healthcare providers nationwide. Mercy College offers a variety of programs including bachelor’s degrees in nursing, public health, and healthcare administration, as well as continuing education for current healthcare professionals and certificate programs. 

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7. Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences is located in the Quad Cities region along the border of Iowa and Illinois. The college currently offers five programs: Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing and Health Science, a Master’s degree in Nursing, and Associates degrees in radiography and respiratory care. Through its affiliation with Trinity Regional Health System, students are able to work in both simulated and clinical settings.

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8. Saint Anthony College of Nursing

Saint Anthony College of Nursing, founded in 1915, is a private, specialized college, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Located in Rockford, Illinois, Saint Anthony offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), plus nursing degrees at the master’s and doctoral level. Students interested in the BSN must be admitted as juniors after completing required credits at another regionally accredited college or university

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9. Virginia University of Lynchburg

Virginia University of Lynchburg is a private institution founded by the Lynchburg Baptist Seminary in 1886. An historically black college and university (HBCU), Virginia University of Lynchburg offers three different undergraduate majors in Business Administration and Management, Sociology, and Religion/Religious Studies. Since opening, VUL has been committed to biblical principles and the philosophy of self-help for its students.

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10. Wiley College

Wiley College, founded in 1873, is an historically black liberal arts college affiliated with The United Methodist Church. It is committed to the belief that all students should have access to education. Wiley’s campus is located in Marshall, Texas, a short distance from Shreveport, Louisiana. Wiley offers a variety of undergraduate majors including  Biology, Social Work, and Education. The college has focused on supporting the spiritual, ethical, moral, and leadership development of its students and serves traditional and non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds.

Find more information on Virginia University of Lynchburg from CollegeData.

Did these 10 colleges with the highest freshman satisfaction rate surprise you? When deciding on a college, satisfaction and retention rates are often good to inquire about. However, they shouldn’t be your only questions. In addition to freshman retention rates, remember to read up on other factors, such as academic programs and the amount of student debt graduates have when they graduate, to help make a well-rounded decision and find your dream college.




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