The 2015 Cappies

Best Colleges for Activities

The 2015 Cappies™ is a compilation of more than 1.4 million student reviews of approximately 2,000 colleges and universities. The reviews are broken out into lists that honor America's top 25 favorite schools across multiple categories. Here is why this list highlights schools with the widest, most interesting selection of on-campus clubs and activities.

Good grades in college are important. However, involvement in extracurricular activities is a major part of a student's time on campus. It's a great, positive outlet to relieve the stresses of academic life, and it's a chance to meet people from all parts of the country and different walks of life. Additionally, employers look for a well-rounded person right out of school. The person who holds a leadership position in a club or committee is likely one with advanced social skills and a strong work ethic.

This category showcases those schools that offer the best opportunities for involvement and leadership through various clubs, activities, and programs. Following are a few specifics about schools that Cappex students reviewed as the Best Colleges for Activities.

At Randolph College, students have a variety of choices - from serving as docent at the on-campus Maier Museum Of Art, to running for positions in student government - or perhaps performing in theater, music and dance programs. Alma College has literally hundreds of opportunities for students. The school publishes See Spot Run, a monthly creative writing publication, and also offers students the opportunity to join a dance club called the Alma College Hepcats. Participants learn and perform various styles of dance. Students at Vassar College can get involved with more than 100 student organizations on campus, including the Vassar Quidditch team, known as The Butterbeer Brewers. The Brewers compete against other colleges in the sport from the "Harry Potter" novels.

"Alma has everything, from a squirrel club to a video game club to a knitting club to a triathlon club. If by chance there isn't a club for something you are interested in, then you can start one!"

- Student from Alma College
Ranking School Name State Population
1 Alma College Michigan 1,422
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2 Vassar College New York 2,446
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3 Randolph College Virginia 623
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4 Fitchburg State University Massachusetts 6,771
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5 College of the Holy Cross Massachusetts 2,899
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6 Doane University Nebraska 1,045
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7 Lafayette College Pennsylvania 2,414
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8 Tougaloo College Mississippi 918
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9 Southwestern University Texas 1,373
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10 Freed-Hardeman University Tennessee 1,991
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11 Trinity Christian College Illinois 1,491
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12 Skidmore College New York 2,642
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13 Truman State University Missouri 6,035
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14 Roger Williams University Rhode Island 4,680
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15 Knox College Illinois 1,400
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16 Florida College Florida 478
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17 Washington & Jefferson College Pennsylvania 1,460
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18 Centre College Kentucky 1,344
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19 Bentley University Massachusetts 5,684
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20 Wabash College Indiana 872
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21 Susquehanna University Pennsylvania 2,093
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22 Macalester College Minnesota 2,033
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23 Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey 5,629
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24 Elmira College New York 1,859
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25 Spartanburg Methodist College South Carolina 790
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