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Money Talks News: 15 Best-in-Class Colleges and What They Cost

8. Happiest Students

Rice University (Houston, Texas)

This medium-sized private university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees took this honor last year too. The university’s write-up of the recognition includes this line: “Students cite the ‘Hogwarts style’ residential college system as being key to this ‘geek chic’ school.” The long-running twice-a-month tradition to run around naked in shaving cream probably raises spirits too.

2011-12 total estimated price without financial aid: $50,171

(AP Photo)

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