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 Yale University has the second lowest number of students (4) 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
4,3611,6813 to 1$53,4507.00%96%1,545
2Yale University
New Haven, CT
4,7033,4604 to 1$57,7007.00%96%1,520
3Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
4,7741,2054 to 1$48,5026.00%98%1,510
4Stanford University
Stanford, CA
6,3664,2244 to 1$56,1695.00%95%1,495
5University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
7,0562,8675 to 1$59,2987.00%96%1,535
6Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
8,5272,4555 to 1$53,9685.00%98%1,520
7Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
6,6221,6485 to 1$58,48517.00%93%1,510
8United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, CO
4,3072326 to 1-13.00%87%1,325
9Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
8,5592,6656 to 1$58,7019.00%95%1,490
10Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
6,3313,9216 to 1$54,16011.00%94%1,515
11Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
8,1486,2296 to 1$60,5327.00%96%1,515
12School of Visual Arts
New York, NY
3,1929926 to 1$43,40072.00%72%1,203
13Duke University
Durham, NC
6,7174,3056 to 1$57,6338.00%96%1,520
14University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
11,1552,5366 to 1$60,0429.00%96%1,515
15Brown University
Providence, RI
6,7929956 to 1$60,5848.00%95%1,500
16Rice University
Houston, TX
4,0768476 to 1$51,10711.00%94%1,515
17Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO
7,6532,1797 to 1$56,89316.00%94%1,520
18Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
4,1708917 to 1$59,4589.00%95%1,500
19United States Military Academy
West Point, NY
4,536-7 to 1-9.00%85%1,325
20University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT
4,5217908 to 1$43,56077.00%55%1,115
21University of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
3,3856218 to 1$13,004-23%-
22Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
8,5371,9018 to 1$58,85211.00%86%1,420
23United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD
4,5943348 to 1-9.00%90%1,340
24Baker College
Owosso, MI
5,6801,1018 to 1$10,16054.00%19%-
25New York University
New York, NY
27,4449,9528 to 1$54,88021.00%88%1,455
26Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
7,0571,5248 to 1$54,15812.00%93%1,520
27University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA
3,3236278 to 1$56,86031.00%88%1,370
28Aspen University
Denver, CO
6,3993768 to 1$5,105---
29University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
19,7863,7089 to 1$60,27516.00%92%1,435
30Emory University
Atlanta, GA
7,0102,5689 to 1$53,86819.00%90%1,455
31University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
8,8741,3709 to 1$57,69919.00%97%1,475
32Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA
6,0048319 to 1$45,66052.00%65%-
33Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO
7,7231,7419 to 1$47,12456.00%79%1,265
34Colgate University
Hamilton, NY
3,0423569 to 1$60,01527.00%91%1,385
35Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
14,7432,0139 to 1$59,28211.00%95%1,470
36Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY
4,9576469 to 1$46,61076.00%78%-
37The New School
New York, NY
6,3992,0409 to 1$50,28669.00%69%1,250
38Pratt Institute-Main
Brooklyn, NY
3,1221,0479 to 1$53,81466.00%71%1,230
39Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
3,6954159 to 1$58,20238.00%88%1,340
40Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
5,2036369 to 1$55,26050.00%88%1,347
41Wayland Baptist University
Plainview, TX
3,0153669 to 1$21,30481.00%25%995
42Renton Technical College
Renton, WA
3,2142019 to 1$6,131-57%-
43Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA
4,4981,07210 to 1$41,41094.00%66%1,145
44Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
6,6731,02410 to 1$52,57750.00%83%1,300
45Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
3,122-10 to 1$50,23061.00%72%1,295
46Boston University
Boston, MA
16,8723,94610 to 1$58,07220.00%89%1,405
47Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
3,49354710 to 1$57,23033.00%89%1,415
48Tufts University
Medford, MA
6,1141,42610 to 1$60,86216.00%94%1,455
49Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ
3,63048710 to 1$45,86076.00%65%1,120
50Long Island University
Brookville, NY
10,4031,03310 to 1$39,13685.00%44%1,185
51Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY
3,51068610 to 1$32,55074.00%73%1,165
52University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
6,5212,78410 to 1$58,24135.00%86%1,420
53Seattle University
Seattle, WA
4,24467610 to 1$48,39083.00%73%1,230
54University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
5,85054411 to 1$25,83867.00%39%1,160
55Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA
5,60885811 to 1$52,99851.00%92%1,360
56University of Denver
Denver, CO
5,6991,51311 to 1$53,77561.00%75%1,265
57Regis University
Denver, CO
3,19776711 to 1$38,55878.00%67%1,110
58American University
Washington, DC
7,9531,53111 to 1$51,36139.00%79%1,305
59The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
3,05567411 to 1$49,41682.00%74%-
60Georgetown University
Washington, DC
7,3572,21811 to 1$57,92817.00%94%1,465
61St. Thomas University
Miami Gardens, FL
3,67067111 to 1$32,94060.00%35%1,005
62Governors State University
University Park, IL
3,02256011 to 1$17,62048.00%24%940
63Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL
3,06865511 to 1$31,49377.00%42%1,015
64Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Carbondale, IL
8,2991,18911 to 1$15,05792.00%48%1,055
65Upper Iowa University
Fayette, IA
3,07741211 to 1$32,94565.00%27%953
66Bentley University
Waltham, MA
4,06142311 to 1$53,79058.00%90%1,270
67Hope College
Holland, MI
3,06132811 to 1$36,65078.00%76%1,200
68University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
31,3298,27411 to 1$54,09726.00%93%1,430
69Manhattan College
Riverdale, NY
3,35246411 to 1$45,88078.00%70%1,170
70New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, NY
3,47386011 to 1$39,76075.00%50%1,175
71Touro College
New York, NY
5,5201,24211 to 1$18,90876.00%63%-
72Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
5,4412,25811 to 1$57,76032.00%89%-
73Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
5,4301,46211 to 1$52,94830.00%85%1,430
74Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH
5,27279511 to 1$42,46081.00%69%1,155
75University of Portland
Portland, OR
3,55951811 to 1$49,64477.00%84%1,225
76Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
14,6162,19311 to 1$56,23877.00%71%1,280
77Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia, PA
4,29957511 to 1$47,94080.00%81%1,195
78Villanova University
Villanova, PA
7,0371,11811 to 1$57,46031.00%92%1,390
79Providence College
Providence, RI
4,29848011 to 1$54,38854.00%85%1,285
80Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
6,8271,14611 to 1$58,54053.00%81%1,350
81William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA
6,23686011 to 1$46,85442.00%91%1,395
82Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA
4,85274111 to 1$46,92073.00%88%1,255
83Green River College
Auburn, WA
7,49336611 to 1$4,694-38%-
84Madison Area Technical College
Madison, WI
13,0211,10611 to 1$6,668-24%-
85Concordia University-Wisconsin
Mequon, WI
3,09460911 to 1$31,18271.00%61%-
86Samford University
Birmingham, AL
3,57647712 to 1$34,19884.00%77%1,150
87Chapman University
Orange, CA
7,4041,17512 to 1$57,21458.00%80%1,260
88University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
5,8521,10812 to 1$52,48270.00%71%1,235
89Goodwin College
East Hartford, CT
3,21325012 to 1$20,988-47%-
90Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
4,35461812 to 1$51,32556.00%82%1,265
91Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT
7,4401,03912 to 1$25,22680.00%51%1,000
92Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT
4,64059012 to 1$25,18581.00%51%-
93Wilmington University
New Castle, DE
9,4211,55012 to 1$11,480-21%-
94Howard University
Washington, DC
7,8571,16512 to 1$28,44039.00%64%1,195
95University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
11,3341,73412 to 1$53,68233.00%83%1,335
96Rasmussen College-Florida
Ocala, FL
9,0111,25712 to 1$13,085-40%-
97Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, IL
5,22052812 to 1$21,75061.00%23%910
98Butler University
Indianapolis, IN
4,49245312 to 1$43,40076.00%82%1,235
99Indiana University-South Bend
South Bend, IN
4,37541212 to 1$20,57487.00%38%1,035
100University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME
6,09883312 to 1$22,99688.00%36%1,059