Bottom Line
June 2, 2010 |  by Dale Keiger


Rank of Johns Hopkins University among “The 50 Most Stressful Colleges” as determined by The Daily Beast. After cheerily noting that Cornell University endured six student suicides in this academic year alone, the website applied some dubious methodology to the top 50 universities as listed by the annual U.S. News & World Report survey—that makes it dubious on top of dubious in the methodology department—creating a ranking out of an amalgam of total cost per annum, academic rigor, admissions acceptance rate, national rank of engineering program (!), and level of campus crime. Topping the list was Stanford, which shared the podium with #2 Columbia and #3 MIT. Hopkins bested such rivals as Duke (#16), Georgetown (#19), and Cal Berkeley (#23), and positively smoked Virginia (pfffttt . . . #36). We’re not claiming that Hopkins is competitive or anything, but we expect to move up next year. We’re looking at you, Dartmouth. (For what it’s worth, The Daily Beast followed up with “The 100 Happiest Colleges,” which placed Hopkins at 71st. Hrrmmmphhh.)