Burlington College is the Ranked #1 College for Free Spirited Students

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Burlington College ranks #1 for offering free spritited students the opportunity to individualize their education and provide a small intimate learning environment.
The Daily Beast recently ranked Burlington College as the #1 School for Free Spirited Students, who want a college where they can individualize their studies and offer a nontraditional learning environment.

For students who want the freedom to design their own majors and prefer written evaluations to letter grades, Newsweek ranks the best schools.


Peppered between the massive state colleges and iconic national universities, there are tiny colleges embedded in college towns that pride themselves on being an alternative to a traditional four-year tract. The colleges that rank among this list offer their students the chance to design their own curriculum, or major, and offer a very personal learning environment.

To pick out which colleges are the most accommodating to free-thinking co-eds, Newsweek considered equally each college’s grading system and curriculum design, the percentage of students who rated the campus political atmosphere as “progressive” on College Prowler, and those that offer the most intimate learning experience as measured by the total enrollment and student to faculty ratio (according to National Center for Educational Statistics). Colleges that don’t require an SAT score for admission were given a bonus point in the overall score.

1. Burlington College

Bonfire at The Vermont Woodworking School. Burlington College’s woodworking and fine furniture-making BFA and certificates are housed in this 3-story renovated historic barn in Fairfax, Vermont. The main campus is on a 32-acre lakefront property in Burlington, Vermont.



Grading system: Based on individual student goals, traditional transcript optional

Curriculum design: Defined majors

Students that rated campus political beliefs as “progressive”: n/a

Undergraduate enrollment: 120

Student to faculty ratio: 6-to-1

SAT requirement: No


Full list of Schools for Free Spirited Students

  1. Burlington College
  2. Sarah Lawrence College
  3. Bennington College
  4. Hampshire College
  5. Lewis & Clark College
  6. College of the Atlantic
  7. Pitzer College
  8. New College of Florida
  9. The New School
  10. Grinnell College
  11. Macalester College
  12. Marlboro College
  13. Warren Wilson College
  14. Oberlin College
  15. New Saint Andrews College
  16. Vassar College
  17. Prescott College
  18. Soka University of America
  19. Reed College
  20. Bard College
  21. Skidmore College
  22. Scripps College
  23. The Evergreen State College
  24. Colorado College
  25. Wesleyan University


The Daily Beast recently ranked Burlington College as the #1 School for Free Spirited Students