Nine Worst Colleges in America

Yes, it’s another college ranking list, but this snarky / cheeky one really stands out. Radar Magazine Online recently put together a “semi-scientific guide to the most substandard schools in America.” Using a wide variety of sources, Radar took up the challenge of choosing which accredited 4-year colleges with physical campuses made the “dishonor roll.”

Worst Party School: (Tie) California State University-Chico; San Diego State University
Illustrious Alumni: Chico lays claim to good-time-guy novelist Raymond Carver (who graduated elsewhere) and bare-knuckled political consultant Ed Rollins, while SDSU graduated disgraced former CIA executive director Kyle “Dusty” Foggo and oft-disrobed former C-movie actress Raquel Welch.

Worst Trust-Fund-Baby College: Bennington College (VT)
Notable Course: “SHHH! The Social Construction of Silence,” a class focused on breaking down the classification of silence as an absence of sound and “establishing it as a presence.” Or, the class where you sleep off your hangover.

Worst Ivy League University: Cornell University (NY)
School Pride: “I haven’t overheard a single intellectual conversation in three years, unless it was between Indian or Asian students,” writes an architecture major on Students Review.

Worst Christian University: Liberty University (VA)
School Pride: “The mountains and all are beautiful. It’s right near the Wal-Mart too,” writes a student on Campus Dirt.

Worst of the Big Ten: Michigan State University (East Lansing)
It’s not surprising this hard-drinking football school hasn’t made it to the Rose Bowl since 1988: Much of its student body seems to be in jail. Over 1,000 students were arrested for drug and alcohol offenses last year, along with another 1,224 perps in the crime-ridden city.

Worst Military Academy: Virginia Military Institute
VMI excluded women from its ranks until the U.S. Supreme Court forced the academy to admit female cadets in 1996.

Worst Women’s College: Texas Woman’s University
Notable Course: Cultural Perspectives of Personal Appearance.

The Worst College in America: University of Bridgeport (CT)
Fun Fact: At orientation, all incoming students are given a “personal alarm locator” that will send swarms of campus policemen racing to their rescue whenever they press a panic button.

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    • Bob
    • April 30th, 2008

    Without question, University of Tennessee Knoxville is the worst university among all the thousands of universities in the nationwide education system. This is of course if you like to attend a school where a football is above and beyond more important than a book or syllabus.

    • Kate E
    • May 13th, 2008

    I’m a student at Liberty University and I am very saddened to see that it has somehow sunk to the ranking of the worst Christian college. Admissions criteria is becoming stronger, the amount of applications is increasing exponentially and the shift in leadership from Jerry to Jerry Jr. has only brought positive changes. The University is still young (founded in 1971) and has made great improvements and will continue to do so. I’m a National Merit Scholar in the Honors Program at Liberty and I find myself academically challenged as well as spiritually encouraged. Liberty University is on its way to becoming the premier Christian university.

    • spicy
    • May 26th, 2008

    Hey guys, I graduate from Stayner and I am now studying Economics at Harvard. Take that !!!

    • super student
    • July 15th, 2008

    Cornell is NOT the worst Ivy, it is under rated. it is an all around great school which doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

    • Cornell Hater
    • September 4th, 2008

    You know, cornell is a terrible school. And there’s nothing to do in Ithica. For the amount of credit it gets, it is very disappointing.

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