TheActiveTimes Published an article in August 2015 "50 Fittest Colleges In America 2015".
DO YOU AGREE with the ranking process of this article (described briefly below)? It was published in late August 2015. Is there another metric you would recommend? Does being in the top 50 USNWR best college list contribute to a school’s “fitness”? What does the college do to HELP STUDENTS in learning how to be ACTIVE OVER THEIR ENTIRE LIFE, especially after graduation, when TIME and ACCESS to top-notch facilities is limited?
TheActiveTimes Total Top 50 ranking was accomplished:
The site began with a preliminary list of 142 colleges compiled from:
1) The Active Times Top 50 Fittest of 2013 and 2014
2) Top 50 of U.S. News and World Report’s (USNWR) Best Colleges Rankings
3) Top US military colleges
4) Princeton Review schools with top-notch athletic facilities and dining, and happiest students
5) Niche Colleges reviews and ranking by students opinions
It then devised a scoring process, awarding factors that indicate a wholesome sense of health and wellbeing —such as quality of life, student happiness and participation in recreational activities (both varsity and club or intramural) — with the most weight.
In 2015 each college had the potential to earn a total of 175 points. The number one school scored 130 and our number two school scored 126 points.
10. Stanford University
9. Pennsylvania State University
8. University of Georgia
7. Rice University
6. Bowdoin College
5. University of Dayton
4. Washington University at St. Louis
3. Ohio State University
2. Claremont McKenna College
1. Virginia Tech University
CONGRATULATIONS to students attending these and all colleges who are learning to become athletes (Bill Bowerman, former track coach at the University of Oregon: "If you have a body you are an athlete"). And those who, for perhaps the first time, because of the availability of wonderful facilities and an encouraging environment, developed a love for sport and competition.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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