Where Does Your Alma Mater Fall on the Stress Scale?

The Daily Beast, for some reason totally not related to linkbait, has released a list of America’s fifty most stressful colleges — taking into account tuition, academic rigor, acceptance rate, crime, and (OMG, LOL) proportion of engineers on campus. Speaking as someone who goes to school in a crimey city with an engineering school attached, neither thing causes me stress! And #1 is Stanford, which, if Palo Alto stresses you out, try Killadelphia. AND and the list, a cutesy, unscientific listicle, uses as its news hook the Cornell suicides… which are tragic events with valences far deeper than people bitching about how “stressful” homework can be! But, okay, sure, Daily Beast, we’ll humor you. Where do the Ivies fall on the ranking? Find out after the jump.

#2 — Columbia

#4 — Penn

# 5 — Harvard

#6 — Princeton

#12 — Yale

#14 — Dartmouth

#17 — Cornell

#20 — Brown

#50 — University of Florida

  • cc’10

    woot woot! we almost won at something

    … but we lost to Stanford … in stress?
    2 things:
    a) weather should be a criteria in their rankings
    b) crime must be including E. Palo Alto in those stats, which couldn’t possibly be more separate from that place

    Sidenote: happy to see that the ancient eight have decided to add a little athletic might to the mix with UF … what with Tebow gone and all I think my Lions might have a shot ;)

  • cc’10

    woot woot! we almost won at something

    … but we lost to Stanford … in stress?
    2 things:
    a) weather should be a criteria in their rankings
    b) crime must be including E. Palo Alto in those stats, which couldn’t possibly be more separate from that place

    Sidenote: happy to see that the ancient eight have decided to add a little athletic might to the mix with UF … what with Tebow gone and all I think my Lions might have a shot ;)

  • y11

    How in the HELL is Princeton more stressful than Yale? Grade deflation does not outweigh New Haven. Also, I wouldn’t have put Stanford anywhere near the top. There’s actually sun there!

  • y11

    How in the HELL is Princeton more stressful than Yale? Grade deflation does not outweigh New Haven. Also, I wouldn’t have put Stanford anywhere near the top. There’s actually sun there!

  • H 10

    The methodology for this list is ridiculous. Nobody’s going to give validity to a list that says Harvard and Princeton are more stressful than Caltech and UChicago. Try again.

  • H 10

    The methodology for this list is ridiculous. Nobody’s going to give validity to a list that says Harvard and Princeton are more stressful than Caltech and UChicago. Try again.

  • d13

    …you’re arguing about who has a harder time? I’m a little insulted that we’re that high on the ladder. Yeah, work can get tough, but 4 nights a week of drinking can’t be wrong. Kick us down by NYU @ 25 or so, probably a little more accurate.

  • d13

    …you’re arguing about who has a harder time? I’m a little insulted that we’re that high on the ladder. Yeah, work can get tough, but 4 nights a week of drinking can’t be wrong. Kick us down by NYU @ 25 or so, probably a little more accurate.

  • P ’10

    This ranking makes total sense; after all, smoking pot and playing frisbee in California sunshine can is really taxing psychologically.

  • P ’10

    This ranking makes total sense; after all, smoking pot and playing frisbee in California sunshine can is really taxing psychologically.

  • P’10

    I mean, we’re so laid back here on the East Coast that we don’t even bother to proofread our IvyGate comments.

  • P’10

    I mean, we’re so laid back here on the East Coast that we don’t even bother to proofread our IvyGate comments.

  • columbia

    damn straight columbia is stressful, but at least we have The City in which to be foppish, dilettante, and yuppie-esque. “the city is your academic playground” they say… “morningside is manhattan’s booty shelf” i say…

    there should be an isolation metric in the thing. i’d be super stressed if i couldn’t get out of the university environment. i am very suprised cornell “land of the ugg, northface, and suicide gates” is not above columbia in the stress rank.

    this ranking is pooey.

  • columbia

    damn straight columbia is stressful, but at least we have The City in which to be foppish, dilettante, and yuppie-esque. “the city is your academic playground” they say… “morningside is manhattan’s booty shelf” i say…

    there should be an isolation metric in the thing. i’d be super stressed if i couldn’t get out of the university environment. i am very suprised cornell “land of the ugg, northface, and suicide gates” is not above columbia in the stress rank.

    this ranking is pooey.

  • d ’07

    Contrary to your tastes, most people find rural environments to be infinitely less stressful than metropolises. Also, most people find hipsters to be incredibly taxing. But, yes, the ranking is poo.

  • d ’07

    Contrary to your tastes, most people find rural environments to be infinitely less stressful than metropolises. Also, most people find hipsters to be incredibly taxing. But, yes, the ranking is poo.

  • WHAT WAS THE DUMBASS DRUNK OR

    Here’s the new list, based on my friends’ experiences, family experiences (siblings attending), and my campus visits as well as my visiting student statuses and summer schools.

    MOST STRESSFUL CAMPUSES:

    1. MIT
    2. Stanford
    3. Cornell Engineering (everything else is a fucking joke)
    4. Johns Hopkins (premed & engineering, which accounts for 70% of campus)
    5. CalTech
    6. CMU Engineering, Math, and Computational Finance Programs
    7. Columbia (Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Financial Engineering Programs)

    THATS THE REAL LIST.

    PLEASE ASK THE GUY WHO MADE THE ORIGINAL LIST WHAT THE FUCK HE WAS SMOKING, BECAUSE WHATEVER IT IS, I BET I CAN MAKE A LOT OF MONEY OFF OF IT SELLING THAT SHIT TO “CLIENT #56″ UP IN HARLEM IN-BETWEEN CLASSES.

  • WHAT WAS THE DUMBASS DRUNK OR SOME SHIT?

    Here’s the new list, based on my friends’ experiences, family experiences (siblings attending), and my campus visits as well as my visiting student statuses and summer schools.

    MOST STRESSFUL CAMPUSES:

    1. MIT
    2. Stanford
    3. Cornell Engineering (everything else is a fucking joke)
    4. Johns Hopkins (premed & engineering, which accounts for 70% of campus)
    5. CalTech
    6. CMU Engineering, Math, and Computational Finance Programs
    7. Columbia (Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Financial Engineering Programs)

    THATS THE REAL LIST.

    PLEASE ASK THE GUY WHO MADE THE ORIGINAL LIST WHAT THE FUCK HE WAS SMOKING, BECAUSE WHATEVER IT IS, I BET I CAN MAKE A LOT OF MONEY OFF OF IT SELLING THAT SHIT TO “CLIENT #56″ UP IN HARLEM IN-BETWEEN CLASSES.

  • d10

    Dartmouth? Stressful? ha, maybe for one week of the term

  • d10

    Dartmouth? Stressful? ha, maybe for one week of the term

  • Cornell ’12

    wow cornell and nyu need to be way further up the list and how is crime in columbia less than the crime in ithaca???

  • Cornell ’12

    wow cornell and nyu need to be way further up the list and how is crime in columbia less than the crime in ithaca???

  • Dartmouth Man

    Actually Dartmouth can be pretty stressful, but we do actively seek it out.
    @d13
    Some of us have better things to do than stagger about intoxicated four days a week.

  • Dartmouth Man

    Actually Dartmouth can be pretty stressful, but we do actively seek it out.
    @d13
    Some of us have better things to do than stagger about intoxicated four days a week.

  • lol

    NYC or Ithaca have low crime rates compared to Detroit or New Orleans

  • lol

    NYC or Ithaca have low crime rates compared to Detroit or New Orleans

  • dartmouth

    It’s only April, and New Haven nearly has NYC’s per capita homicide rate beat. Fortunately, most of the murders happen in the strictly racially segregated parts of the city.

  • dartmouth

    It’s only April, and New Haven nearly has NYC’s per capita homicide rate beat. Fortunately, most of the murders happen in the strictly racially segregated parts of the city.

  • @ dartmouth “men”

    lol @ the dartmouth people expressing such silly thoughts…Dartmouth (with the possible exception of Brown) is the least rigorous institution in the league

  • @ dartmouth “men”

    lol @ the dartmouth people expressing such silly thoughts…Dartmouth (with the possible exception of Brown) is the least rigorous institution in the league

  • columbia

    uhhh columbia definitely keeps morningside on the lockdown. safest hood in manhattan!

  • columbia

    uhhh columbia definitely keeps morningside on the lockdown. safest hood in manhattan!

  • @@dartmouth “men”

    I think that you’re mistaking brand-name recognition for academic rigour and education quality. You must go to Harvard.

  • @@dartmouth “men”

    I think that you’re mistaking brand-name recognition for academic rigour and education quality. You must go to Harvard.

  • silliness

    Uchicago and MIT win. hands down. they both have grade deflation. plus uchic has miserable weather and even large groups of people get beaten/mugged/etc on a regular basis. just because we dont have engineering doesnt mean that there is less stress. sigh.

  • silliness

    Uchicago and MIT win. hands down. they both have grade deflation. plus uchic has miserable weather and even large groups of people get beaten/mugged/etc on a regular basis. just because we dont have engineering doesnt mean that there is less stress. sigh.

  • TDub

    My daughter visited Purdue for Engineering, and each student stated enjoy your life now because your life will be hell. Uber hours of homework and stress. I have heard Cornell is really stressful. I have heard that Brown is the least stressful of the Ivys. The US News.. provides some insights into Stanford(high stress) most freshman are treading water. Is the stress worth it if the return is not there? Per a study, Texas A&M graduates enjoy two and a half times the return on their investment than do Harvard graduates. Attending an Ivy-League school may provide connections and the opportunity for promising employment, but the return on the investment may not be worth the other gains.
    .

  • Krb82

    I go to Cornell and I am completely fucking stressed all the time. I literally do nothing except work all the time and am always behind and failing a class. And by all the time I mean Friday nights and Saturday nights too. I get an average of four hours of sleep a night. I am fucking miserable and don’t know a single person (except for Hotellies and econ majors) who aren’t. Granted I am a science major but all the science/engineering kids I know are in the same boat, unless they are a complete and utter freaking genius.
    I spend half my days suicidal (yes i’m in counselling) and barely hold on til the breaks, and then my profs assign so much hw over break that over spring break i worked straight through (my family was not pleased that they barely got to see me) and didn’t finish.

    Dunno what they’re talking about. Grade deflation? Ha. Science classes are curved to a B or so. Or at least mine are.

    Fuck my life.

    • reconsider…

      probably shouldn’t use your netid as your posting name…… just sayin. i know where you live now…. oh internet.

    • Cornell ’12

      hotelies and econ? i agree with hotelie, but aem, ilr, humec, basically anything in the state side of Cornell, is easier than econ

      I don’t even know a single person who’s miserable…don’t know who you’re hanging out with