When students are considering colleges, they often look at offerings outside academics, like clubs and organizations, student government, and volunteer opportunities. For many, being involved is what college is all about — they want to make a difference in their community and the world.
The Princeton Review recently published “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition,” which includes a list of the top schools in America for making an impact. Princeton Review based the ranking on student ratings and responses to survey questions covering community-service opportunities at their schools, student government, sustainability efforts, and on-campus student engagement. They also took into account PayScale.com‘s percentage of alumni from each school that reported having high job meaning.
From getting involved in green initiatives to taking on leadership roles in student organizations to volunteering in their local communities, the students at these 25 colleges are driven to make a difference.
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25. Lewis & Clark College
Location: Portland, Oregon
Sustainability is a huge part of campus life at Lewis & Clark. “Many are very concerned about living a healthy and sustainable life style” and are “very active gardeners and composters,” said one student.
On campus, students can join groups like Students Engaged in Eco-Defense, the Sustainability Council, and Student Advocates for Business and Environmental Responsibility.
24. Tufts University
Location: Medford, Massachusetts
Students are politically involved and eco-conscious at Tufts. The school’s student-run environmental group, the Tufts Sustainability Collective, puts on campus-wide events like Earthfest and is organized into several branches that includes Tom Thumb’s Student Garden, Students for a Just and Stable Future, the Sustainable Action Squad, Food for Thought, and the Green Team.
23. Lawrence University
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin
Lawrence University believes that community involvement is an integral part of a stellar liberal-arts education. Lawrence students are a staple in the surrounding community — more than a thousand volunteered at local elementary schools last year.
The school also offers instruction and opportunities for the green-minded undergraduate —including research-based courses and internships — through its environmental-studies major.