Students consider quality of life when applying for college, study shows

01/16/2014 |

Quality of life -- not just academics -- at a campus may be an important factor in a student's choice of college, according to a new study published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The study showed applications increase nearly 3% when colleges are listed in the top 20 "happy" campuses in rankings by the Princeton Review, while applications decline by 5% when schools are on the "least happy" list. Campus beauty also made a difference, but party-school status made minimal impact on applications, the study showed.

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