HR Strange But True!
April 08, 2010

So your business took some hits during the Recession, and your company culture is best described as stressed out. However, things are looking up, and you may be doing some hiring. Why not recruit applicants who are prestressed, so they’ll fit right?

The Daily Beast has just issued a list of the Most Stressful Universities—they may be perfect places for your booth at job fairs.

Yes, just in time for your college recruitment visits, The Daily Beast analyzed campuses ranked by US News & World Report and weighted on certain criteria, according to a press release. The study used methodology created by Keith Anderson, chairman of best practices at the American College Health Association.

The factors analyzed included cost, acceptance rate, campus crime rate, and competitiveness—as well as one interesting factor—prevalence of engineering programs, considered a gauge of particularly stressful majors.

The financial stress of going to an expensive school is a huge stress inducer, so the top stressed-out schools are all top-tier in tuitions. But this also means the grads have had to address financial concerns for 4 years. And these competitive schools attract competitive students with intelligence and drive. A campus in high-crime areas stresses students, but also makes them aware of risk factors. Could all of these stress-induced attributes produce the perfect recruits for your corporate culture?

Top 20 Most Stressful

Here are the schools that ranked highest on the list (note, all 8 Ivy League schools made the list):

  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
For the complete list of 50, go here.

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