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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.

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    1
    School

    Oklahoma Wesleyan University

    Location
    Bartlesville, OK
    Tuition
    $22,808 annually

    Websites

    Address

    2201 Silver Lake Rd
    Bartlesville, OK 74006-6299
    (918) 333-6151

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    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.

  3. Rank
    2
    School

    North Greenville University

    Location
    Tigerville, SC
    Tuition
    $8,145 per semester in state
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    Websites

    Address

    7801 N. Tigerville Road
    Tigerville, SC 29688-1892
    (864) 977-7000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    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.

  4. Rank
    3
    School

    U.S. Military Academy At West Point

    Location
    West Point, NY
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    646 Swift Rd (ATTN: MASG)
    West Point, NY 10996-1905
    (845) 938-4011

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    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.

  5. Rank
    4
    School

    Carleton College

    Location
    Northfield, MN
    Tuition
    $48,987 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    One North College Street
    Northfield, MN 55057-4001
    (507) 222-4000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    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.

  6. Rank
    5
    School

    Northwestern University

    Location
    Evanston, IL
    Tuition
    $48,624 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    633 Clark St
    Evanston, IL 60208
    (847) 491-3741

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    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.

  7. Rank
    6
    School

    U.S. Air Force Academy

    Location
    USAFA, CO
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3800
    USAFA, CO 80840-5002
    (719) 333-6481

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    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.

  8. Rank
    7
    School

    Wellesley College

    Location
    Wellesley, MA
    Tuition
    $46,550 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    106 Central St
    Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
    (781) 283-1000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    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.

  9. Rank
    8
    School

    Master’s College and Seminary

    Location
    Santa Clarita, CA
    Tuition
    $15,250 per semester in state
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    Websites

    Address

    21726 Placerita Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91321-1200
    (661) 259-3540

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    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.

  10. Rank
    9
    School

    Bryn Mawr College

    Location
    Bryn Mawr, PA
    Tuition
    $45,540 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    101 N Merion Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    (610) 526-5000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    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.

  11. Rank
    10
    School

    Whitman College

    Location
    Walla Walla, WA
    Tuition
    $46,138 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    345 Boyer Ave
    Walla Walla, WA 99362
    (509) 527-5111

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    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.

  12. Rank
    11
    School

    Whitworth University

    Location
    Spokane, WA
    Tuition
    $36,734 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    300 W Hawthorne Rd
    Spokane, WA 99251
    (509) 777-1000

    Accreditation

    NCCU

    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.

  13. Rank
    12
    School

    Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Tuition
    $18,720 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    8800 W Bluemound Rd
    Milwaukee, WI 53226-4699
    (414) 443-8800

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    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.

  14. Rank
    13
    School

    Randolph College

    Location
    Lynchburg, VA
    Tuition
    $34,800 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    2500 Rivermont Ave
    Lynchburg, VA 24503-1555
    (434) 947-8000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    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.

  15. Rank
    14
    School

    Doane College

    Location
    Crete, NE
    Tuition
    $28,170 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    1014 Boswell Avenue
    Crete, NE 68333
    (402) 826-2161

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    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).

  16. Rank
    15
    School

    Marlboro College

    Location
    Marlboro, VT
    Tuition
    $38,320 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    2582 South Rd
    Marlboro, VT 05344-0300
    (802) 257-4333

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    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.

  17. Rank
    16
    School

    Centenary College of Louisiana

    Location
    Shreveport, LA
    Tuition
    $33,500 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    2911 Centenary Boulevard
    Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
    (318) 869-5011

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    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.

  18. Rank
    17
    School

    St. John’s University

    Location
    Queens, NY
    Tuition
    $37,870 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    8000 Utopia Pky
    Queens, NY 11439
    (718) 990-6161

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    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.

  19. Rank
    18
    School

    Rollins College

    Location
    Winter Park, FL
    Tuition
    $43,080 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    1000 Holt Avenue
    Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
    (407) 646-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    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.

Information & Data

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.