At a Glance

The student to faculty ratio is the number of students who attend a school divided by the number of teachers in the institution.
It is an important factor to evaluate colleges because the low student to faculty ratio tends to lead the smaller class sizes and giving more one-to-one learning Opportunities to students in classroom. Higher student to faculty ratio means that an instructor (professor) has more students to take care and the individual class size may be larger. In general, top ranked and well-known colleges have low level of students to faculty ratio and try to keep the ratio low.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the lowest number of students per faculty (3 to 1) and University of Chicago has the second lowest number of students (5) based on academic year 2019-2020 college academci data.
Below table ranks and compares the Smaller Class Size and More Opportunities having lowest students to faculty ratio (based on undergraduate rate). For the ranking, we only include 4-year colleges that more than 3,000 students have enrolled in.

Smaller Class Size and More Opportunities Comparison Table

RankCollege NameStudent Population (undergraduate)Number of FacultiesStudent to Faculty RatioTuition & FeesAcceptance RateGraduation RateSAT Score
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
4,6021,6843 to 1$53,4507.00%95%1,540
2University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
6,6322,6965 to 1$59,2986.00%95%1,535
3Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
5,4281,1615 to 1$48,5026.00%98%1,515
4Stanford University
Stanford, CA
7,0874,0155 to 1$56,1694.00%94%1,505
5Yale University
New Haven, CT
5,9643,7306 to 1$57,7006.00%97%1,515
6Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
8,6422,6466 to 1$58,7019.00%94%1,495
7Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
8,2166,2206 to 1$60,5325.00%95%1,505
8Duke University
Durham, NC
6,6824,1716 to 1$57,6338.00%95%1,525
9University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
11,8512,4046 to 1$60,0428.00%96%1,505
10Brown University
Providence, RI
7,0431,0236 to 1$60,5847.00%96%1,505
11Rice University
Houston, TX
3,9928396 to 1$51,1079.00%93%1,520
12The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
3,3326497 to 1$49,41685.00%72%-
13Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
6,0643,9857 to 1$54,16011.00%93%1,510
14Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
9,9502,4907 to 1$53,9685.00%97%1,515
15Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO
7,7512,1607 to 1$56,89314.00%95%1,520
16Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
4,4188917 to 1$59,4588.00%95%1,500
17United States Military Academy
West Point, NY
4,5892697 to 1-12.00%85%1,270
18Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
6,8611,5327 to 1$54,1589.00%93%1,510
19United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, CO
4,3362108 to 1-11.00%85%1,335
20Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
3,0094248 to 1$59,41616.00%92%-
21Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
7,9201,7528 to 1$58,85213.00%86%1,440
22United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD
4,5123178 to 1-8.00%92%1,350
23Baker College
Owosso, MI
8,9741,6928 to 1$10,16073.00%18%-
24School of Visual Arts
New York, NY
3,7141,1258 to 1$43,40071.00%70%1,215
25Wayland Baptist University
Plainview, TX
3,3565178 to 1$21,30497.00%23%970
26University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA
3,2956178 to 1$56,86028.00%89%1,375
27University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
19,9073,9359 to 1$60,27511.00%92%1,445
28University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT
5,0008469 to 1$43,56076.00%59%1,130
29University of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
3,8676329 to 1$13,004-13%-
30Emory University
Atlanta, GA
7,0862,4839 to 1$53,86816.00%90%1,445
31Tufts University
Medford, MA
5,6431,4419 to 1$60,86215.00%94%1,465
32Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO
9,7821,8049 to 1$47,12458.00%79%1,275
33Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
15,1822,0269 to 1$59,28211.00%95%1,480
34New York University
New York, NY
26,7339,7939 to 1$54,88016.00%85%1,440
35Pratt Institute-Main
Brooklyn, NY
3,6341,1689 to 1$53,81456.00%70%1,270
36Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
3,5974289 to 1$58,20234.00%90%1,343
37Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
5,0476539 to 1$55,26032.00%90%1,365
38Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
6,7001,14210 to 1$52,57744.00%80%1,320
39Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA
5,52088310 to 1$52,99849.00%91%1,360
40Goodwin College
East Hartford, CT
3,33028910 to 1$20,988-38%-
41Howard University
Washington, DC
6,2431,14610 to 1$28,44036.00%65%1,205
42Governors State University
University Park, IL
3,26251910 to 1$17,62046.00%-935
43University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
8,6171,38610 to 1$57,69916.00%96%1,475
44Drake University
Des Moines, IA
3,01547210 to 1$44,36668.00%81%1,235
45Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA
6,40088010 to 1$45,66051.00%65%-
46Boston University
Boston, MA
18,5153,84110 to 1$58,07219.00%88%1,425
47Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
3,63953910 to 1$57,23030.00%87%1,435
48St Catherine University
Saint Paul, MN
3,28349710 to 1$34,72067.00%58%1,175
49Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ
3,92054210 to 1$45,86071.00%67%1,115
50Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY
6,10172110 to 1$46,61073.00%74%-
51Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY
3,43970310 to 1$32,55078.00%74%1,145
52The New School
New York, NY
7,4362,24610 to 1$50,28657.00%70%1,265
53University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
6,5352,64210 to 1$58,24130.00%87%1,405
54Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
5,2252,14810 to 1$57,76030.00%88%-
55Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
6,5891,64310 to 1$58,48515.00%90%1,510
56University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
6,42961511 to 1$25,83876.00%35%1,155
57Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA
5,6571,26711 to 1$41,41067.00%68%1,145
58Georgetown University
Washington, DC
7,4592,41111 to 1$57,92814.00%95%1,465
59Butler University
Indianapolis, IN
4,69858811 to 1$43,40073.00%82%1,240
60Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN
3,19942411 to 1$43,28686.00%71%1,180
61Bentley University
Waltham, MA
4,25345011 to 1$53,79047.00%90%1,320
62Hope College
Holland, MI
3,14934311 to 1$36,65086.00%81%1,230
63University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
30,3188,25011 to 1$54,09723.00%93%1,435
64Creighton University
Omaha, NE
4,44698811 to 1$43,01874.00%81%1,260
65Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ
3,43146211 to 1$55,95240.00%85%1,420
66Baldwin Wallace University
Berea, OH
3,10442011 to 1$34,50473.00%65%1,147
67Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
5,2611,53511 to 1$52,94827.00%84%1,425
68Ohio Christian University
Circleville, OH
3,22241911 to 1$15,750-32%-
69Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH
4,99579111 to 1$42,46076.00%73%1,175
70University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK
3,26748711 to 1$43,45036.00%72%1,225
71Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
15,7242,48011 to 1$56,23875.00%69%1,290
72Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia, PA
4,90466311 to 1$47,94075.00%81%1,210
73Villanova University
Villanova, PA
6,9171,05911 to 1$57,46028.00%90%1,395
74Providence College
Providence, RI
4,13248911 to 1$54,38847.00%87%1,280
75University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, TX
5,55876611 to 1$32,28694.00%51%1,055
76Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
6,4791,15211 to 1$58,54047.00%81%1,390
77William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA
6,37788411 to 1$46,85438.00%90%1,415
78Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA
5,30481011 to 1$46,92062.00%85%1,280
79Seattle University
Seattle, WA
4,68572911 to 1$48,39078.00%74%1,235
80Madison Area Technical College
Madison, WI
15,2021,27511 to 1$6,668-22%-
81ECPI University
Virginia Beach, VA
12,7041,00511 to 1$16,63974.00%48%-
82Strayer University-Global Region
Washington, DC
6,69993711 to 1$13,515-50%-
83Samford University
Birmingham, AL
3,53554912 to 1$34,19883.00%76%1,160
84University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
7,71570712 to 1$21,76766.00%43%1,191
85University of Redlands
Redlands, CA
3,01459312 to 1$52,50076.00%76%1,170
86Colorado Mountain College
Glenwood Springs, CO
5,68862012 to 1$11,484-25%-
87University of Denver
Denver, CO
5,8011,37212 to 1$53,77559.00%77%1,260
88Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
4,17762212 to 1$51,32557.00%83%1,280
89Delaware Technical Community College-Terry
Dover, DE
13,8951,13312 to 1$11,808-16%-
90Wilmington University
New Castle, DE
9,0421,75012 to 1$11,480-21%-
91American University
Washington, DC
8,2871,52212 to 1$51,36136.00%79%1,300
92Barry University
Miami, FL
3,48398312 to 1$30,94051.00%35%1,005
93Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL
17,8921,74712 to 1$21,008-69%-
94University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
11,1171,81512 to 1$53,68227.00%83%1,355
95University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
12,9681,78012 to 1$34,21858.00%61%1,170
96Lewis-Clark State College
Lewiston, ID
3,68426012 to 1$20,238100.00%38%990
97Bradley University
Peoria, IL
4,60658612 to 1$35,48070.00%77%1,170
98Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
3,02641212 to 1$50,23060.00%70%1,295
99Washburn University
Topeka, KS
5,71949512 to 1$19,766-46%-
100Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD
3,87948512 to 1$51,10080.00%83%-