Understanding the Attributes: Would Graduates Personally Choose Their College Again?

It is inevitable there will be graduates from every school who wish they had gone to another college. As in every other factor we measure, there is a major difference from school to school. Yale, Auburn and Rice rank highest among the national universities, while Morehouse, Spelman and Reed are tops among the liberal arts colleges. On the low end of the spectrum, there are 33 schools where 15% to 25% of graduates Strongly Agree or Agree they should have gone to another college. For perspective, that same measurement is less than 4% at Yale and Morehouse.

Graduates who wish they had gone elsewhere tend to be older, male, not White, lower income, have lower net worth and are significantly less happy in their lives. They are, consequently, much less generous in their assessment of their college and their undergraduate experience.