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Online Extra: Cracking the Books


As a barometer of student engagement, few measures are better than the number of hours students spend on classwork each week. At our Top 50 schools, the number hovers around 14, but a number of schools, like Michigan, are significantly higher. The big surprise: several highly ranked schools, including No. 3 Berkeley and No. 12 Villanova, have below-average numbers, while some lower-ranked schools, like No. 49 Marquette, have some of the hardest working students around.

Hardest Working Rank

Overall BW Rank

School

Hours Per Week on Classwork

1

5

Michigan (Ross)

Ann Arbor

21.0

2

17

Wake Forest (Calloway)

Winston-Salem, N.C.

20.5

3

1

Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Philadelphia

18.8

4

23

Richmond (Robins)

Richmond, Va.

18.7

5

8

Brigham Young (Marriott)

Provo, Utah

18.6

6

49

Marquette

Milwaukee

17.9

7

28

Wisconsin

Madison

17.5

8

33

Babson

Babson Park, Mass.

17.3

9

21

Carnegie Mellon

Pittsburgh

16.6

10

2

Virginia (McIntire)

Charlottesville

16.5

11

15

North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

Chapel Hill

16.3

12

37

Boston U.

Boston

16.2

13

9

NYU (Stern)

New York

15.9

14

42

Minnesota (Carlson)

Minneapolis

15.7

14

35

Miami U. (Farmer)

Oxford, Ohio

15.7

16

25

Washington

Seattle

15.6

17

7

Notre Dame (Mendoza)

South Bend, Ind.

15.4

17

20

Lehigh

Bethlehem, Pa.

15.4

19

29

William & Mary (Mason)

Williamsburg, Va.

15.1

19

6

MIT (Sloan)

Cambridge, Mass.

15.1

21

22

Illinois

Urbana-Champaign

14.8

22

11

Georgetown (McDonough)

Washington, D.C.

14.7

23

13

Texas-Austin

(McCombs)

14.6

24

38

Baylor (Hankamer)

Waco, Tex.

14.5

24

19

USC (Marshall)

Los Angeles

14.5

26

4

Emory (Goizueta)

Atlanta

14.4

27

14

Boston College (Carroll)

Boston

14.0

28

41

Ohio State (Fisher)

Columbus

13.9

28

10

Cornell

Ithaca, N.Y.

13.9

28

18

Indiana (Kelley)

Bloomington

13.9

31

39

Texas Christian (Neeley)

Fort Worth

13.6

31

12

Villanova

Villanova, Pa.

13.6

33

48

Michigan State (Broad)

East Lansing

13.5

34

50

Texas A&M (Mays)

College Station

13.4

34

45

Clemson

Clemson, S.C.

13.4

36

26

Northeastern

Boston

13.3

37

27

Santa Clara

Santa Clara, Calif.

13.1

38

3

UC-Berkeley (Haas)

Berkeley, Calif.

13.0

38

16

Washington U. (Olin)

St. Louis

13.0

40

24

SMU (Cox)

Dallas

12.6

40

46

San Diego

San Diego, Calif.

12.6

42

32

Rutgers

New Brunswick, N.J.

12.4

43

31

Bentley

Waltham, Mass.

12.2

44

44

Georgia Tech

Atlanta

11.7

45

36

Penn State (Smeal)

University Park

11.6

46

30

Maryland (Smith)

College Park

11.4

47

43

Florida (Warrington)

Gainesville

10.8

47

40

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally)

Troy, N.Y.

10.8

49

47

U. of Miami

Miami

9.8

50

34

Fordham

New York

9.2

TOP 50 AVERAGE:

14.6


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