The Colleges with the Best Professors for 2015

The Colleges with the Best Professors for 2015

Students typically choose a university or college based on things like location, the majors it offers, ranking, and cost – however many graduates leave school remembering only their very best and very worst professors. College professors have a way of shaping students’ futures by inspiring them into new majors and careers, helping them get a head start in their industry of interest, or opening their minds to new ideas, cultures, and innovations students simply aren’t ready to learn about when they’re in high school. All great professors are great in their own way, but one thing they all have in common is a passion for their field and a desire to spread their knowledge to others. Here are some of the traits that make a college professor extraordinary.

Preparation

It may sound basic – but college students consistently mention how much they appreciate a professor who comes to class prepared to teach as opposed to the ones who seem surprised to be up in front of a class at all. Preparation is about more than just being to class on time. In an anonymous survey, students mentioned that truly prepared teachers always had a variety of activities planned throughout their semester including guest speakers, presentations, in-class discussion topics, and more.

Students, Not Numbers

Professors who show a genuine interest in their students’ ideas, goals, and education are often rated highly by their class. Office hours, truly listening to what students say in class, and making an effort to build a professional relationship with students are hallmarks of a professor who will help a student get ahead as well as teach them what they need to know.

Experience

Prospective college students should spend an afternoon reading the bios of faculty teaching the major that they’re interested in on a college’s website. While education is great – experience in the real world is paramount. Professors who have worked or researched in their industry for many years, if not decades, will be better equipped to prepare students for careers out of college and stimulate their minds while in school.

Below is a ranking of colleges with the best professors. These rankings were determined based on experience and education of faculty at colleges around the country. However, the most important ranking consideration was student opinion. Anonymous surveys were sent to students which asked questions about the effectiveness of their professor’s teaching, opinion on the professor’s knowledge level, how well professors did engaging the classroom, and more.

Rank
School Name
Location
# of Online Degree Programs
Tuition
  School Description Address Services Websites Accreditation Rates
1 Bartlesville, OK N/A
  • $22,808 annually
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School Description

Oklahoma Wesleyan University has a wide range of highly rated professors, particularly for students interested in the fields of science, mathematics, and psychology. Some of its most popular and highly sought after professors include the likes of Professor White and Professor Wilson, two of its premiere teachers in the field of psychology.

Address
2201 Silver Lake Rd
Bartlesville, OK 74006-6299
(918) 333-6151
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCACS/THLC
Rates
49.34% Admission Rate
16.23% Enrollment Rate
56.88% Graduation Rate
50.36% Retention Rate
2 Tigerville, SC N/A
  • $8,145 per semester in state
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School Description

North Greenville University is renowned for its immensely popular professors. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a negative review amongst the bunch, as many are as highly recommended as they are from diverse fields. Students can rest easy knowing that regardless of their discipline, there are professors that are considered extremely helpful and knowledgeable in mathematics, English, science, and the fine arts.

Address
7801 N. Tigerville Road
Tigerville, SC 29688-1892
(864) 977-7000
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
SACS/CC
Rates
57.91% Admission Rate
48.93% Enrollment Rate
54.64% Graduation Rate
73.32% Retention Rate
3 West Point, NY N/A
  • N/A
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School Description

U.S. Military Academy and its West Point staff take their duties as educators quite seriously. Through their task organization, West Point and its staff are better able to clearly instruct students and provide them with the type of focus that only a military academy can provide.

Address
646 Swift Rd (ATTN: MASG)
West Point, NY 10996-1905
(845) 938-4011
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
MSCHE
Rates
8.96% Admission Rate
85.22% Enrollment Rate
83.87% Graduation Rate
95.79% Retention Rate
4 Northfield, MN N/A
  • $48,987 annually
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School Description

Carleton College has a large selection of particularly memorable professors, though it would seem their strength lies mainly in the history department. Under Professor North's example, students have found a renewed sense of interest in history and its applications to the present. Similarly, Professor Carleton is another professor that comes highly recommended from the religion department. If studying history and religion interest you, then you could do worse than sign up with Carleton or North.

Address
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057-4001
(507) 222-4000
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCACS/THLC
Rates
20.95% Admission Rate
35.7% Enrollment Rate
92.14% Graduation Rate
96.02% Retention Rate
5 Evanston, IL N/A
  • $48,624 annually
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School Description

Northwestern University seems to have a specific focus on the liberal arts when it comes to the Professors it enlists for its courses. In particular, the theater and sociology departments appear to come highly recommended by students under the tutelage of Professors Barker and Monsma, respectively.

Address
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-3741
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCACS/THLC
Rates
15.32% Admission Rate
41.47% Enrollment Rate
94.19% Graduation Rate
97.69% Retention Rate
6 USAFA, CO N/A
  • N/A
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School Description

U.S. Air Force Academy draws the strength of its educators from a variety of sources. Students of the U.S. Air Force Academy can expect to be taught by all manner of personnel, from leaders to officers. Students can also be confident in the education they receive, as more than half of all professors currently teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy have received Ph.D.s in their related field.

Address
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3800
USAFA, CO 80840-5002
(719) 333-6481
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCACS/THLC
Rates
15.42% Admission Rate
77.66% Enrollment Rate
86.26% Graduation Rate
89.48% Retention Rate
7 Wellesley, MA N/A
  • $46,550 annually
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School Description

Wellesley College comes highly recommended to students interested in two wildly different fields: biology and art history. From these two seemingly random topics, students have found interest in two professors that have elevated the material far above their contemporaries. Professors Cameron and Cassibry are not known for being especially easy, but they make up for it with their willingness to help students and their extensive knowledge of their respective fields.

Address
106 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
(781) 283-1000
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NEASC/CIHE
Rates
29.11% Admission Rate
42.9% Enrollment Rate
90.68% Graduation Rate
96.58% Retention Rate
8 Santa Clarita, CA N/A
  • $15,250 per semester in state
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School Description

Master's College and Seminary is, as one might expect, full of professors that are committed to providing their students an effective education in religious studies. On top of that, some of their professors have become particularly popular for their unique insights into social work and the topics associated with it.

Address
21726 Placerita Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91321-1200
(661) 259-3540
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
WASC/SCUC
Rates
61.37% Admission Rate
40.12% Enrollment Rate
53.62% Graduation Rate
80.77% Retention Rate
9 Bryn Mawr, PA N/A
  • $45,540 annually
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School Description

Bryn Mawr College is an especially popular choice for those seeking to further a career in education or language development. To that end, Bryn Mawr College has two professors that should be specifically sought out: Professor Cohen and Allen, respectively.

Address
101 N Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 526-5000
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
MSCHE
Rates
39.92% Admission Rate
33.77% Enrollment Rate
84.09% Graduation Rate
90.68% Retention Rate
10 Walla Walla, WA N/A
  • $46,138 annually
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School Description

Whitman College should be at the top of any prospective student's list that seeks to further an education in film or religion. Backed by the outstanding Professor Belinger, the film department at Whitman College has benefited tremendously from both his professionalism and expertise. Professor Fitzsimmons is of equal talent as part of the religion department, ensuring that students will always have a place to go in pursuit of furthering their academic career.

Address
345 Boyer Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 527-5111
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCCU
Rates
56.96% Admission Rate
26.61% Enrollment Rate
87.75% Graduation Rate
93.96% Retention Rate
11 Spokane, WA N/A
  • $36,734 annually
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School Description

Whitworth University has established itself at the forefront of communication education under the example of Professor McKerihan. Renowned for his helpfulness, accessibility, and general aptitude in education, he has set Whitworth University apart from its neighbors with his ability to connect with students and push them to exceed even their own expectations.

Address
300 W Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99251
(509) 777-1000
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCCU
Rates
64.52% Admission Rate
22.73% Enrollment Rate
73.87% Graduation Rate
89.06% Retention Rate
12 Milwaukee, WI N/A
  • $18,720 annually
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School Description

Wisconsin Lutheran University is constantly looking to expand its stable of high quality professors. With a large percentage of its staff already holding doctorates in their related fields, students can rest easy knowing that they are receiving one of the best educations the state of Wisconsin can offer.

Address
8800 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226-4699
(414) 443-8800
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCACS/THLC
Rates
63.56% Admission Rate
41.41% Enrollment Rate
63.54% Graduation Rate
81.82% Retention Rate
13 Lynchburg, VA N/A
  • $34,800 annually
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School Description

Randolph College draws fervent support from its students in three main fields: English, psychology, and American studies. Under the guidance of professors Conners, Klaaren, and Clark, respectively, Randolph College has established itself as a school of many strengths and few weaknesses. Students attending Randolph College for the first time would be wise to seek out these professors and look to them for their knowledge and support over the course of their degree program.

Address
2500 Rivermont Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24503-1555
(434) 947-8000
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
SACS/CC
Rates
83.43% Admission Rate
24.52% Enrollment Rate
52.25% Graduation Rate
75% Retention Rate
14 Crete, NE N/A
  • $28,170 annually
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School Description

Doane College is primarily known to its students for delivering a quality education in three fields, theater, computer science, and biology. Through these fields, Doane College has fascinated and captivated its students through the combined efforts of Professors Boesen and McKercher (theater), Professor Engebretson (computer science), and Professor Georgi (biology).

Address
1014 Boswell Avenue
Crete, NE 68333
(402) 826-2161
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NCACS/THLC
Rates
71.73% Admission Rate
21.96% Enrollment Rate
60.62% Graduation Rate
78.34% Retention Rate
15 Marlboro, VT N/A
  • $38,320 annually
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School Description

Marlboro College's main strength lies in its commitment to anthropology and English. In English especially, Marlboro College has become popular amongst its students primarily due to the work of two professors: Sheehy and Pittman De Batlle. While considered to be difficult in their grading and assignments, students still love these two professors thanks to their dedication to their students and the hard work and creativity they inspire within their respective classrooms. Students also enjoy the anthropology classes of Professor Hendrickson, who is equally known for her knowledge as well as her somewhat easier lesson plans as compared to the two English behemoths.

Address
2582 South Rd
Marlboro, VT 05344-0300
(802) 257-4333
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
NEASC/CIHE
Rates
75.86% Admission Rate
26.7% Enrollment Rate
57.58% Graduation Rate
82% Retention Rate
16 Shreveport, LA N/A
  • $33,500 annually
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School Description

Centenary College of Louisiana is the place to be if you're interested in studying under some of the best mathematics and science professors in the state of Louisiana. Under the tutelage of Professor Head, students have remarked at not only how fun and intuitive his classes are, but also at how understanding he is when it comes time to grade tests. Those seeking a professor of equal quality but in an unrelated field can head over to Professor Brame and her biology courses.

Address
2911 Centenary Boulevard
Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
(318) 869-5011
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
SACS/CC
Rates
65.97% Admission Rate
28.96% Enrollment Rate
59% Graduation Rate
75.95% Retention Rate
17 Queens, NY N/A
  • $37,870 annually
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School Description

With the inclusion of the likes of Shujaat Khan and his economics classes, St. John's University is poised to be a leader in academics. Known for being a particularly understanding professor, as well as his relaxed attitude towards both assignments and in-class work, he has quickly become a favorite amongst his students.

Address
8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-6161
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
MSCHE
Rates
53.16% Admission Rate
10.17% Enrollment Rate
55.7% Graduation Rate
79.62% Retention Rate
18 Winter Park, FL N/A
  • $43,080 annually
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School Description

Rollins College has a large collection of widely loved faculty amongst its staff, but there are a few names in particular that elevate it above its contemporaries. With anthropology, there's Professor Connie Brown. If music is your passion, then Professor Daniel Crozer is the man to see.

Address
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
(407) 646-2000
Websites
University homepage
Accreditation
SACS/CC
Rates
58.89% Admission Rate
17.13% Enrollment Rate
67.05% Graduation Rate
83.4% Retention Rate