America's 50 most stressful colleges and universities are smart, too

Does smart equal stress? According to a new list of the 50 most stressful colleges, the answer is yes.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor

Does smart equal stress?

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:

  1. Stanford University
  2. Columbia University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Harvard University
  6. Princeton University
  7. Vanderbilt University
  8. Carnegie Mellon University
  9. California Institute of Technology
  10. Northwestern University
  11. University of Chicago
  12. Yale University
  13. Washington University in St. Louis
  14. Dartmouth College
  15. Johns Hopkins University
  16. Duke University
  17. Cornell University
  18. University of Southern California
  19. Georgetown University
  20. Brown University
  21. Tufts University
  22. Rice University
  23. University of California, Berkeley
  24. New York University
  25. 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:

  • Cost
  • Competitiveness and academic rigor
  • Acceptance rate (which seems redundant with competitiveness)
  • Engineering
  • 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?

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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