According to a new list of the 50 most stressful colleges by The Daily Beast, the answer is yes.
Included on the list are all eight Ivy League colleges as well as several top engineering schools and several "New Ivies," so to speak.
Here's a look at the top 25:
- Stanford University
- Columbia University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of Pennsylvania
- Harvard University
- Princeton University
- Vanderbilt University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- California Institute of Technology
- Northwestern University
- University of Chicago
- Yale University
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Dartmouth College
- Johns Hopkins University
- Duke University
- Cornell University
- University of Southern California
- Georgetown University
- Brown University
- Tufts University
- Rice University
- University of California, Berkeley
- New York University
- Boston College
You can see the rest here, starting with No. 26, Emory University.
The online magazine names five reasons why students might be stressed. They are:
- Competitiveness and academic rigor
- Acceptance rate (which seems redundant with competitiveness)
- Crime on campus
The problems with this stress? Besides bad grades, it could, at the extreme, result in suicide attempts.
The article cites data from a 2009 article in Professional Psychology that says that 6 percent of participating undergraduates and 4 percent of graduate students in four-year colleges said they had “seriously considered attempting suicide” in the past year.
What do you think: does smart equal stressful?
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