Top 25 Colleges for ESFPs

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ESFPs are non-stop, impulsive entertainers, through and through. These are the people always looking for the next social event, or, better yet, planning the next social event. And once they find the party, they’re the life of it. Nor is any of this forced; ESFPs are natural attention-drawers and are truly magnetic. That said, for ESFPs, it’s not always all about them. In fact, they’re among the most genuinely caring, selfless people you’re likely to meet. If you’re not on their fun level, they won’t rest until you’ve reached it. Sometimes this can lead to a kind of manic behavior, and it’s true that ESFPs can grow bored without constant stimulus. No wonder, then, that they’re also adventurers. They’re active, on-the-run, and care free: the scruples of the thing don’t matter so much as the larger picture. In fact, details scare them a bit. (Details aren’t fun.) They take careers all over the place (sometimes literally – they’re avid travelers): acting, sales, life coaching, entrepreneurship, education, and more. Given their nature, it’s probably unlikely that the average ESFP is willing to undertake too much research into college options, unless it involves a weekend trip. Fortunately, we’ve got a list of the best ESFP fits below.

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Methodology:

  • (1/4) Number of Majors in the Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, and Professions
  • (1/4) Clubs and Organizations / Total Enrollment
  • (1/4) Percent of Classes with Less Than 50 Students
  • (1/4) Number of Countries in which Study Abroad is Offered

1. Texas Tech University

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Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, has a student body of over 35,000, making it the fourth-largest university in the state – so, certainly a big enough audience to keep the average ESFP occupied. The university also offers 500 student organizations and clubs, which range from fraternities and sororities, professional and performance groups, school spirit organizations, college radio, student-run newspapers, and many more. ESFPs will also want to check out TTU’s athletics: football, basketball, and baseball games all serve as top quality social events. (Saturdays in the fall at Jones AT&T Stadium are practically mandatory attendance.) Still, classes themselves are not unmanageably large: 75% have less than 50 students. And for the particularly adventurous ESFP, Texas Tech has nearly 70 countries in which students can study abroad. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Engineering, Family and Consumer Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Communication/Journalism.

2. Colorado State University

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Colorado State University, in scenic Fort Collins, has a total enrollment of about 31,500. This gives ESFPs plenty of room to spread their social wings, but academics are still intimate thanks to a solid 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Fort Collins itself is within a short distance of an array of activities – skiing, hiking, mountain biking, sight-seeing, and Rocky Mountain National Park (a 45 minute drive). No wonder Money has ranked Fort Collins as the best place to live in the United States. For ESFPs looking for a real trip, CSU has study abroad opportunities in 86 countries. There’s also plenty to do on campus, where you’ll find 344 student clubs and organizations, including Greek orgs, sports clubs, theater and dance groups, student-run newspapers, a television station, and many more. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Biology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Social Science, and Parks and Recreation/Fitness.

3 (tied). San Diego State University

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At a student enrollment of approximately 33,500, San Diego State University is the largest university in the county. And, as you may expect, there’s more than enough to keep even the most hyperactive ESFP busy here in SoCal. Besides the obvious surfing, hiking, and cycling opportunities around, SDSU has 300 student clubs and organizations, including student newspapers, radio, TV stations, and more. For ESFPs looking to get out of the country, SDSU students can study abroad in 72 different countries in the world (if they’re really dying to leave behind sunny and 75…). 72% of classes have less than 50 students, giving your classroom life some breathing room. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Social Sciences, Psychology, English Lit, and Health Professions.

3 (tied). Hope College

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Hope College, in Holland, MI, has a total enrollment of just over 3,400. Though don’t be fooled, even as a small Midwest liberal arts school, there’s still plenty going on here for ESFPs. With 70 organizations and clubs on campus, Hope has one of the highest rates of club per student on our list; these groups include Dance Marathon and Relay for Life, a radio station, student-run newspaper, literary magazine, and numerous others for music, arts, sports, and spiritual interests. Greek life is present as well, with about 10-12% of students partaking. For ESFPs who want to see the rest of the world, Hope offers study abroad opportunities in 56 countries – an impressive number, especially for of a liberal arts school of its size. Among the most popular areas of study are in Education, Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Biology, and Health Services and Sciences.

5. Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)

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Wheaton, located about 30 minutes outside of Chicago, has a total enrollment of just under 3,000 students. Defined by Time as known for its “twin traditions of quality academics and deep faith,” Wheaton perhaps isn’t the most traditional fit for social butterfly, wild-child ESFPs, but there’s perhaps more here than meets the eye. In particular, Wheaton offers several arts and cultural programs that have garnered attention, including a music conservatory (with about 200 participants and a student-to-faculty of 7:1); and a concert series that has brought the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel and the Symphonica Toscanini, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Canadian Brass, and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards & Band of the Coldstream Guard, among others. Wheaton also offers study abroad programs in 36 different countries around the world, including in England, France, Germany, and Spain. The most popular areas of study are in the Social Sciences, Business, the Visual and Performing Arts, English Lit, and Education.

6. University of North Carolina – Asheville

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UNC Asheville, situated in the Appalachian hills of beautiful Buncombe County, has a student enrollment of about 3,850. For any who have ever been to town before, you’ll perhaps have an idea why this is the perfect ESFP town: happy, welcoming, social, culturally savvy, and plain fun. Nearby, or in your backyard, lies world-class hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, etc. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love Asheville. (For what it’s worth, there’s also plenty of good music, dining, and art goings-on, too.) The school doesn’t slack in keeping its students occupied, with 66 clubs and organizations – a good count for a school of its size – and there are 30 countries in which to study abroad. Among the most popular areas of study are in Psychology, Business Administration and Management, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts, and Art. For ESFPs who want the charms of a small town with the attractions of a big city, UNCA might be a good bet.

7 (tied). University of Albany, SUNY

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SUNY Albany, with additional campuses in Guilderland and Rensselaer, has a total enrollment of 17,300; 77% of classes have 50 students or less. There are a number of cultural hotspots near campus, including a contemporary art museum and the New York State Writers Institute. But perhaps most appealing for ESFP hardcore globe-trotters than can’t sit still is Albany’s excellent study abroad options, which includes programs in 63 different countries. That said, the number actually gets better thanks to Albany’s membership in the SUNY system, which allows students to study in more than 300 programs in over 80 countries. Back on campus, students have access to 200 clubs and organizations from a range of interests. Among the most popular areas of study are in the Social Sciences, English Literature, Biology, Business, and Psychology.

7 (tied). Central Michigan University

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Central Michigan University, in Mount Pleasant, has a student body of 27,000; 67% of classes have less than 50 students. There are 300 student organizations and clubs available for ESFPs, including 32 fraternities and sororities (including minority Greek organizations), several music-related clubs, 2 student-run radio stations, an online magazine, TV stations, and a record label, White Pine Music. The Central Michigan Life is an award-winning newspaper. Central Michigan athletic events, particularly for the football and basketball teams, are widely attended and always fun social gatherings. If you’d rather skip the long Michigan winters, the school has study abroad opportunities in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Education, Parks and Recreation/Fitness Studies, Communication/Journalism, and Psychology.

7 (tied). Calvin College

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Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI, has a total enrollment of just under 4,000 students. With 70 student clubs and organizations, Calvin has one of the highest clubs-per-student rates on our list. The most popular of these groups are Dance Guild, which performs twice per year, and Airband, a that coordinates an annual lip-sync competition (think Jimmy Fallon’s “Lip Sync Battle,” except with your classmates). Other organizations include professional societies (engineering, architecture, business, etc.), the Calvin Entrepreneurship Club, Econ Club, Organization of Student Social Workers, a Classics club, and the Philosophy Symposium, among many others for sports, Greek life, and political/social interests. The Student Activities Office is responsible for bringing a variety of fun events to campus, including top-shelf music acts like Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie, The Milk Carton Kids, The National, Ben Harper, and more. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Nursing, Biology, Engineering, and Elementary Education and Teaching.

7 (tied). Roanoke College

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Roanoke College, in Salem, Virginia, has a student body of just over 2,000. Though some ESFPs may shy away from a rural liberal arts school, there’s plenty to do around here, with an impressive 100 student clubs and organizations available, including 9 fraternities and sororities (with 25% student participation) and academic, cultural, religious, and service clubs. The school also has a student-run newspaper, two literary reviews, intramural sports, and radio station. Campus Activities Magazine has ranked Roanoke the “Campus of the Year” for its social offerings. For the outdoor-inclined, there’s also plenty to see and play around in throughout the surrounding Appalachian hills. Roanoke has 54 countries in which to study abroad for adventurous types – an excellent number for a school of its size. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Communication, History, and Criminal Justice.

11 (tied). Michigan State University

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Michigan State University, in East Lansing, has a student body of just over 50,000 – in other words, ESFPs won’t be lacking an audience. And for those who are interested in sports (or especially the social spectacle of sports), Michigan State is one of the best draws in the country for its top-tier basketball and football programs, routinely in the running for national championships. But, for many, it’s as much about the party before and after the game, which MSU has also mastered. For those looking to explore other areas, Michigan State has a whopping 700 student clubs and organizations, including a robust Greek life, political clubs, volunteer groups, and more. The cities of East Lansing is full of surprises, too, one of the premier college towns in the country, with excellent dining, music, and night-life activities. Among the school’s most popular areas of study are in Business, Communication/Journalism, Social Sciences, Biology, and Engineering.

11 (tied). St. Michael’s College

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St. Michael’s College, in Colchester, Vermont, has a student body of about 2,600. There are 50 clubs and organizations on campus, including a volunteer fire and rescue team, the Student Association, wilderness program, campus Catholic ministry, a radio station, intramural sports, theater performances, and open mic nights, among many more. The school has also drawn top music acts in the last few years: The Roots, Jurassic 5, Wyclef Jean, Lupe Fiasco, Third Eye Blind, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Macklemore, among others. ESFPs with acting aspirations should note the Saint Michael’s Playhouse, a summer professional equity theater, in which Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theaters have participated. The study abroad opportunities are also generous, with programs in 53 countries. The most popular areas of study are in Business, the Social Sciences, Psychology, Biology, and English Lit.

13 (tied). Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge

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Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is the largest university in the state, with a student body of over 31,000; still, 63% of classes have less than 50 students. ESFPs, particularly with an appreciation of fall Saturdays and football, should be right at home at LSU: there are few bigger parties in the country than football games at Tiger Stadium. But Tiger Spirit isn’t merely limited to one season and one sport, and students flock to athletic events throughout the year to cheer on LSU teams, which seem to be nationally ranked in just about every sport. There are also 300 student clubs and organizations in which to get involved, including 38 fraternities and sororities, a highly-regarded student newspaper (with a circulation well over 10,000), radio station, Tiger TV, literary review, and more. For those who’d like to get a break from the bayou sun, there are study abroad programs in 55 countries. (Alternatively, if you don’t mind the bayou sun too much, New Orleans isn’t a far drive south…) Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Engineering, Education, Biology, and Communication/Journalism.

13 (tied). Oregon State University

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Oregon State University in Corvallis has a student body of just under 29,000, though 70% of classes still have less than 50 students. ESFPs will definitely enjoy OSU’s well-attended athletic events, particularly in football, baseball, and basketball. The annual “Civil War” football matchup against Oregon is one of the most looked-forward-to social events of the year. The school also offers an impressive 335 student organizations and clubs to explore, from student newspapers, radio stations, special interest and volunteer groups, and many more. The town of Corvallis shouldn’t be overlooked, either – beautiful, an outdoorsman’s paradise (designated as a Tree City), full of cultural hotspots, and a road trip away from the Pacific. The Annual Arts Party in Central Park has been a mainstay since 1972. Still, if you’d like to check out for a bit, Oregon State offers study abroad programs in 64 countries. Among the most popular areas of study are in Engineering, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, and Natural Resources and Conservation.

13 (tied). Lake Forest College

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Lake Forest College, on Chicago’s famous North Shore, has a student body of about 1,600 students. Frankly, ESFPs shouldn’t need much more convincing than Chicago, which offers just about every form of entertainment you could ask for: comedy, theater, TV and film, sports, music – the list is endless. There are also 50 student organizations and clubs in which to get involved. With most students living on campus, just a half-mile from the beaches of Lake Michigan, you’ll certainly want to stick around for the summer if you can. For those colder months (and there a few…), Lake Forest has study abroad programs in 57 countries – a large number for a school of its size. Among the most popular areas of study are in the Social Sciences, Business, Communication/Journalism, Biology, and Psychology. In all, for the ideal combination of small school environment (i.e., maximum limelight exposure) and big city kicks (i.e., resources and opportunities), ESFPs should take a close look at Lake Forest.

13 (tied). Whittier College

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Whittier College, in Los Angeles County, has a student body of about 2,300. For a school of its diminutive stature, Whittier is surprisingly diverse – about 1/3 Latino and an international faculty. It also boasts some not-so-small alumni, chief among them Richard Nixon. Besides the obvious extracurricular activities that come with the SoCal territory, students also have access to 70 clubs and organizations, including student newspapers, a radio station, a production studio, and special interest and volunteer groups. Rather than fraternities and sororities, Whittier has 10 local Societies, which many students enjoy (societies may be gender-exclusive, co-ed, or gender-neutral). The school’s Faculty Masters Program is a unique effort to draw world-renowned artists, academics, and intellectuals from around the world; recent participants include Maxine Hong Kingston, Ray Bradbury, and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Social Sciences, Parks and Recreation/Fitness, Psychology, and Biology.

17 (tied). Texas A&M University – College Station

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Texas A&M University in College Station has a total student enrollment of more than 60,000 (!), yet 78% of classes have less than 50 students. If that’s not a big enough stage for an ESFP, maybe they should give “The Voice” a shot. Texas A&M is another school on our list where athletic events provide some of the biggest, wildest social gatherings around. For A&M, football season is where the fun is at: Kyle Field has a capacity of over 106,000. The school has also produced some distinguished alumni that ESPFs can get behind: Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Neal Boortz, and real-estate developer Charles E. Toberman, also known as the “Father of Hollywood” for his role creating many of LA’s signature landmarks. A&M also has the most student clubs and organizations on our list – 1,0002. Again, if that’s not enough for you, there’s not much we can do. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Engineering, Agriculture, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Biology.

17 (tied). Mississippi State University

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Mississippi State sits on 4,200 acres in Starkville, with a total enrollment of 20,100 and 62% of classes with less than 50 students. Athletic events are always a big social draw, and Mississippi State’s football, basketball, and baseball teams are routinely among the most competitive in the country. Students also enjoy 300 clubs and organizations, including a radio station, 32 fraternities and sororities, a literary review, a nationally-recognized newspaper, and more. ESFPs will also appreciate the music scene, in particular the annual Bulldog Bash, a free live concert series outside. Among some of the acts that have passed through town are Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, 2 Chainz, and, infamously, Johnny Cash, after which he was arrested. The school also hosts a lecture series, which has attracted such figures as Spike Lee, MSU alumnus John Grisham, Condoleeza Rice, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Education, Engineering, Biology, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

17 (tied). University of Minnesota Morris

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The University of Minnesota Morris is a public liberal arts college with a total student enrollment of just under 1,900. For a school of its size, UMM has an impressive 90 student organizations and clubs, giving it one of the highest club-to-student ratios on our list. Although the school and its home town (population 5,300) are one the small side, for ESFPs this translates to one major plus – more attention. For true ESFPs, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find an audience at UMM; in fact, in many ways your reach is expanded here. Everyone knows everyone in Morris, unlike at a larger public university where each student’s social circle is relatively restricted and localized. Nonetheless, if you were to get restless, UMM offers study abroad programs in an impressive 81 countries, and the school has landed on several lists for most students in international programs. Among the most popular areas of study are in Biology, English Literature, Psychology, the Visual and Performing Arts, and Education.

21 (tied). University of Houston

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The University of Houston is the third-largest university in the state with a total enrollment of nearly 41,000. Still, class sizes are still manageable and 56% have 50 students or less. The university keeps its students entertained throughout the year, putting on a range of theatrical performances, concerts, lectures, and events; among the most popular he Cat’s Back, Homecoming, and Frontier Fiesta, a student-run, three day festival offering free concerts, carnival attractions, a BBQ cook-off, baking challenge, and more. Back in the day, Frontier Fiesta drew such celebrities as Humphrey Bogart, Kenny Rogers, and Anne Baxter. (Life called it “The Greatest College Show on Earth.”) More recently, the event has hosted B.o.B, A Great Big World, T.I., Robert Earl Keen, and more. The school also has 441 student organizations and clubs, and U.S. News has ranked UH as the second most ethnically diverse university in the country. Among the most popular areas of study are Business, Psychology, Social Sciences, Biology, and Communication/Journalism.

21 (tied). Stonehill College

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Stonehill College, located in Easton, Massachusetts, has a total enrollment of 2,400 students. For a small school, many of its alumni have gone on to in-the-spotlight careers as filmmakers, radio talk shot hosts, sportscasters, SportsCenter anchors, and more. Stonehill has 80 student clubs and organizations, including a student-run newspaper, college radio station, a culture magazine, TV station, and more. With 4 years of guaranteed student housing, the community is tight-knit; ESFPs should get the chance to know – or at least meet – just about everyone. The Princeton Review has ranked the school #7 for happiest students, #10 for town-gown relations, #9 for intramural sports, and #13 for most popular study abroad programs, which include opportunities in 45 countries. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Social Sciences, Biology, Psychology, and Communication/Journalism.

23 (tied). Washington State University

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Washington State University is located in Pullman, in the scenic Palouse region of the northwest. Washington State has just about everything for ESFPs – a vibrant sports scene, outdoor adventures, and excellent academics. There are more than 380 student organizations and clubs on campus, including an active Greek life community, special interest and volunteer groups, a radio station, TV station, student-run newspaper, magazines, and more. Students also enjoy a 160,000-square-foot recreation center that houses an elevated indoor track, four basketball courts, two volleyball courts, roller hockey rink, four racquetball courts, swimming pool, 50-person Jacuzzi, and much more. Outside, you’ll find even more: hiking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, and more are all available with just a short drive of school. For the restless ESFP, WSU offers study abroad programs in 83 different countries. The most popular areas of study are in Business, Social Sciences, Engineering, Communication/Journalism, and Health Professions.

23 (tied). University of North Carolina Greensboro

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The University of North Carolina Greensboro has a total student enrollment of 18,650 and student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. There are more than 190 student clubs and organizations on campus, including 20 fraternities and sororities, 36 honor societies, literary clubs, special interest and volunteer groups, a radio station, and newspaper and magazine, among others. Among the many distinguished alumni of the university are Emmylou Harris, Pulitzer Prize-winner Claudia Emerson, Beth Leavel, and many others in creative fields that ESFPs would appreciate. Athletic events can also draw a crowd; the “Blue Crew” is a school spirit group dedicated to cheering on UNCG’s many teams. There are study abroad programs in 60 different countries. Among the most popular areas of study are in Business, Health Professions, Education, Social Sciences, and the Visual and Performing Arts.

23 (tied). East Carolina University

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East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina, has a total enrollment of 27,500, with 70% of classes have less than 50 students. There are 416 student organizations and clubs on campus, including a number of fraternities and sororities (several historically minority-based), in addition to honors and service or religious groups. Among the many distinguished alumni and associates of the university include actresses Sandra Bullock, Emily Procter, Beth Grant, and screenwriter Kevin Williamson. The school’s North Recreational Complex is one of the largest in the country. For the globe-trotting ESFP, UNCG offers study abroad programs in 58 different countries. Among the most popular areas of study are in Health Professions, Business, Education, Biology, and Communication/Journalism.

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