Westmont consistently ranks in the top tiers when evaluated by these stupid college-ranking magazines. It’s a bit surprising to me not because I didn’t already know that Westmont is one of the best colleges around, but because I wouldn’t have thought these national magazines would notice such a small school. With a student population capped at 1200 by Monticeto, there’s very little money coming in from Alums, meaning less resources–no particle colliders or nuclear power plants on campus.
Here’s the top 8 colleges in California, as ranked by Forbes, along with the total student population:
- Stanford University, 17,833
- Claremont McKenna College, 1,212
- Pomona College, 1,532
- California Institute of Technology, 2,126
- Harvey Mudd College, 738
- University of California, Berkeley, 35,396
- University of California, Los Angeles, 38,220
- Westmont College, 1,340
To be honest, when I see that I wonder what biases put us at the bottom of the top eight instead of the top. I mean, is this survey looking at undergrad, or just the whole school? Yes, Stanford has a linear particle accelerator and nuclear physics labs, but their undergraduate students also sit in classrooms of 500 and are lectured to by teacher aids and grad students, while the actual professors smash particles into each other at the accelerator. In terms of undergraduate education, I am biased to think Westmont has got to be a lot better.
Plus, they just built a bunch of fancy new structures on campus. And the library has low speed treadmills for reading!