Known as “Debaters” for their insatiable drive to play devil’s advocate, ENTPs are the third rarest Extraverted type, representing about 3% of the U.S. population. Advancing their views by questioning others for the sake of argument, ENTPs delight in walking a mile in people’s shoes so they can fully understand their position. Although contrarians, their use of others’ views as vehicles for their own ideas means they can see problems from many angles and choose the best possible solution for most any given situation. This ability makes them great governors, judges, statesmen and group leaders who are capable of reaching compromises that stay loyal to all parties involved in a decision-making process. Oftentimes brutally honest, ENTPs occasionally overstep social boundaries and embarrass their superiors with questions that may seem insubordinate, when they’re usually designed to clarify. As inquisitors, they can make some people feel as if they’re being backed into a corner, but this doesn’t mean ENTP is trying to pick a fight or destroy anyone’s reputation. Rather, they are just trying to get to the heart of the matter, and ENTPs who are most in-tune with others’ perspectives will recognize when they step on others’ toes and back off out of mutual respect for another’s freedom to act, think and speak their own mind. Such respect—for ideas, competition, creative solutions and all of their attendant counterarguments—is what pumps the lifeblood of this most critical and freethinking personality type. Our list of colleges and universities is designed to help ENTP adopt as many views as possible before deciding on the college that best fits them and their drive to see the world through everybody’s eyes.
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Student-Faculty Ratio (1/3): Because ENTPs are a social type whose dominant mode of being is extroverted and intuitive and whose auxiliary mode of being is introverted and thinking (i.e., they get their energy from interacting with others, but especially others in small, goal-driven groups), we found each college or university’s student-faculty ratio and then ranked and scored that ratio on a 20-point scale so that schools with the smallest number of students per faculty would rise to the top
Majors in the Liberal Arts(1/3): Because ENTPs learn by walking a mile in another’s shoes, they prefer colleges where most students major in subjects that encourage viewing the world through other people’s eyes. So, we counted how many of each school’s Top 5 majors were in the Liberal Arts (i.e., subjects that prize the ability to inhabit another perspective) and then scored that number on a 20-point scale. This way, colleges with presumably the most human worldview-oriented student bodies would make ENTP’s list.
Unique or Alternative Mission (1/3): Because ENTPs are freethinkers who enjoy bouncing their ideas off other freethinkers who are driven by common goals, we determined whether or not a university possesses a unique or alternative mission (i.e., common goal) that would encourage freethinkers to compete and challenge each other. We then assigned a value of either 0 or 34 to these schools, depending on whether or not they possessed such missions, and finally ranked and scored those schools so that all with unique or alternative missions would rise to the top.
1. St. John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland)
St. John’s College, Annapolis is a private liberal arts college that was established in 1696. One of the United States’ oldest institutions of higher learning, St. John’s College, Annapolis is also one of the nation’s smallest. With an enrollment of under 500 undergraduates and offering only one degree in Liberal Arts, it is most known for a unique curriculum that specializes in studying the Great Books of Western philosophy, religion, history, mathematics, science and civilization. Despite its Christian-inspired name, the college has no religious affiliation, allowing ample room for competition between, manufacture of, and creative exchange in ideas. St. John’s College, Annapolis has the distinction of maintaining one of the topmost freethinking, principle-driven, and classics-oriented educations in the U.S., ensuring that such an education retains its relevance in the twenty-first century.
Freethinking ENTP will appreciate the promise of St. John’s motto: “I make free men from children by means of books and balance.” This common goal of teaching and learning principles to engender free thought earns St. John’s College a perfect score for unique or alternative mission. St. John’s College, Annapolis also earns a perfect score for its number one (and only) major being in the Liberal Arts, a constraint that ENTP will use to create meaningful, interdisciplinary connections through amiable argumentation with students and faculty. With a student-faculty ratio of only 1:7, ENTP is sure to get their fill of heated and productive discussion between themselves, their peers, and their professors at St. John’s College. That is, ENTPs will find St. John’s respect for principles and the exchange of ideas to be no barrier against their penchant for playing devil’s advocate. Indeed, they will find it welcomes their patent challenges with open arms.
Composite Score: 98
2. Soka University of America
Soka University of America is a private liberal arts college established in 2001 in southern Calfornia. As the sister and satellite school of Japan’s Soka University in Tokyo, the Soka University of America is considered a global institution, albeit one of the smallest ones in the world with just over 400 undergraduates. All of SUA’s Top 5 majors fall under the purview of subjects in the Liberal Arts, and its curriculum is interdisciplinary, allowing students to choose between four areas of study (i.e., Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies and Social & Behavioral Studies), each with its own faculty who covers the science, philosophy, history and literature of their area. Soka University of America is distinguished by the fact that its first-year students, as measured by high retention rates, comprise one of the three most happy student bodies in the United States.
The socially-focused ENTP will appreciate SUA’s unique mission, instructing its students to “Be philosophers of a renaissance of life; Be world citizens in solidarity for peace; Be the pioneers of a global civilization.” Such an emphasis on becoming informed global citizens through the study of contemporary issues such as the environment, human and international relations, and the impact of social sciences on our ability to understand global trends will undoubtedly stimulate ENTP’s tendency to interweave and cross-stich different ways of thinking so as to fashion new solutions to new problems. SUA’s tight student-faculty ratio of 1:8 will reinforce the bonds that ENTPs are able to forge with both peers and professors by their method of persistent and well-meaning interrogation. Undoubtedly, Soka University of America will fuel the creative fire of ENTP’s lifelong free thought project, allowing them to see the world through the multifarious eyes of not just many people, but also many disciplines, at once.
Composite Score: 97
3. St. John’s College (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
St. John’s College, Santa Fe is a private liberal arts college that was established in 1961. As part the sister campus of one of the United States’ oldest institutions of higher learning, St. John’s College, Santa Fe is also one of the nation’s smallest. With an enrollment of under 500 undergraduates and offering only one degree (in Liberal Arts), it is most known for its unique curriculum specializing in the Great Books of Western philosophy, religion, history, mathematics, science and civilization. Despite its Christian-inspired name, the college has no religious affiliation, allowing ample room for competition between, manufacture of, and creative exchange in ideas. St. John’s College, Santa Fe has the distinction of maintaining one of the topmost freethinking, principle-driven, and classics-oriented educations in the U.S., ensuring that such an education retains its relevance in the twenty-first century.
Freethinking ENTP will appreciate the promise of St. John’s motto: “I make free men from children by means of books and balance.” This common goal of teaching and learning principles to engender free thought earns St. John’s College a perfect score for unique or alternative mission. St. John’s College, Santa Fe also earns a perfect score for its number one (and only) major being in the Liberal Arts, a constraint that ENTP will use to fashion meaningful, interdisciplinary connections through amiable argumentation with students and faculty. The Santa Fe student body differs only slightly from its sister campus in that its student-faculty ratio is two students higher at 1:9, but just as they would at Annapolis, ENTP is sure to get their fill of heated and productive discussion between themselves, their peers, and their professors in New Mexico as well. That is, ENTPs will find St. John’s respect for principles and the exchange of ideas to be no barrier against their penchant for playing devil’s advocate. Indeed, they will find it welcomes their patent challenges with open arms.
Composite Score: 94
4. New College of Florida
New College of Florida is a public liberal arts college established in 1960. Founded first as a private liberal arts college, it became an autonomous member of State University of Florida in 2001, and now serves as the State of Florida’s honors college. One of the state’s smallest colleges, NCF enrolls around 800 students. Its non-traditional curriculum is not based on letter or number grades, but rather on a four-part structure: Narrative Evaluations of student performance, a Contract System that students arrange with their advisors, an Independent Study Project that students complete during the month of January for each year of study, and a Senior Thesis that all students must write to finish their degree. Known for its intellectual rigor and intensity, New College of Florida is also distinguished by ranking consistently as one of the best-value public liberal arts colleges in the United States, costing just over $7,000 for in-state residents.
An intellectually gifted, inquisitive, and self-starting ENTP will do well at New College of Florida. All of the college’s Top 5 majors fall within the purview of the Liberal Arts, so ENTP’s thoughts will be free to roam the unexplored avenues of human thought. New College of Florida’s tight student-faculty ratio of 1:10 also makes it an excellent venue to seed relationships with peers and professors that last well beyond college walls. And indeed, New College of Florida’s common goal and academic philosophy to hold students accountable for their own educations, to educate by exciting both students and teachers to band together, to base student progress on demonstrated competence and mastery rather than credits and grades, and to permit students the freedom of opportunity to explore all their areas of interest will hold great appeal for ENTP’s creative intellectual adventurousness.
Composite Score: 90
5. Yeshiva University
Yeshiva University is a private research university established in 1886. An urban Jewish university, Yeshiva houses four locations across New York City. Although using a Hebrew worldview to guide its academic program by the light of the Torah, Yeshiva’s curriculum is secular, it Hebrew motto translating to “Torah and secular knowledge.” A small school in comparison to most NYC universities, Yeshiva enrolls just over 3,000 undergraduates, but it is best known for its highly selective graduate schools, including the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (half of which has been scheduled to transfer to the prestigious Montefiore Health Center before 2020), and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, both of which enroll a combined 3,500 graduate students of law and medicine. Yeshiva’s Syms School of Business school is also well known and enrolls a healthy proportion of both graduates and undergraduates.
Dedicated ENTP debaters will find a good fit at Yeshiva University, as its undergraduate and graduate schools encourage competition and the exchange of ideas toward the end goal of self improvement. While the university is orthodox and its unique, Torah-backed mission is most relevant to members of the Jewish faith, it accepts members of all faiths and ideological backgrounds into its many New York City homes, all of which situate it inside a cultural and ideological melting pot that will stimulate any ENTP’s desire to see the world through other people’s eyes and therein gain a better understand of its ways. Two of Yeshiva’s Top 5 Majors are in the Arts and Humanities, which is more than can be said for most research schools, while its tight student-faculty ratio of 1:7 makes it a perfect community for creating relationships with peers and professors in multiple disciplines and gaining knowledge from all over the world.
Composite Score: 78
6. United States Air Force Academy
The United States Air Force Academy is a public military service academy for officer cadets that was established in 1954. Its campus is located due north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, where its mission is to “educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.” Graduates from USAF receive a Bachelor of Science for learning a broad curriculum of engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies, and physical education, and are inducted and commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force upon program completion. Its campus is known as one of the topmost tourist destinations in the State of Colorado, attracting almost 1 million visitors every year to its beautiful location at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
Although it may seem counterintuitive for a natural debater to go where following orders takes priority over asking questions, an ENTP who respects laws and traditions from multiple angles will be an excellent fit at USAF. Due to the Air Force Academy’s prizing education in leadership, however, they are less likely than most military bodies to disregard ENTP’s tendency to pose healthy, well-intentioned questions. Indeed, they are likely to reward it, as such a tendency is in line with USAF’s mission to educate, train, and inspire. Two out of the Air Force Academy’s Top 5 majors are in the Liberal Arts (which is one more than each of the other two military service academies on this list) and a tight student-faculty ratio of 1:8. These metrics mean that USAF’s student body prizes freethinking slightly more so than its peer institutions at the same time as it cultivates a tight campus community that will encourage ENTP to develop close relationships with both peers and superiors. All told, ENTP’s will find the United States Air Force Academy a great match for their love of competition, as well as learning from an aerial view that affords them a perspective of the big picture.
Composite Score: 77
7. The New School (tie)
The New School is a private research university founded in 1919. Most of its campus is located in New York City’s famous progressive Greenwich Village neighborhood, which is fitting, as New School is known for being a hub of liberal thought. Indeed, its curriculum endorses free thought to such a degree that its academic program is described as “student-directed,” which means it does not require undergraduates to take general education classes, preferring instead that students design their own major. The New School propounds this avant-garde and individualist approach to education for each of its greater than 10,000 students, all of whom learn in seminar-style classes that are conducive to creative conversation. It is renowned the world over for housing numerous institutes and human research centers, including but not limited to International Affairs and Global Perspectives, The Humanities Action Lab, Environment, and the Center for New York City Affairs.
New School’s motto “To the Living Spirit” is open to interpretation, leaving individual ENTPs the power to surmise its meaning, suggesting the university’s common goal to help its students march to the beat of their own drums. With such a profound emphasis on the Liberal Arts, it is almost surprising that only three of New School’s Top 5 Majors are in the Liberal Arts. And yet, provided the university wants its students to design their own majors, this surprise appears more like a revelation: free and open inquiry is the New School’s lifeblood. Maintaining a tight student-faculty ratio of 1:10, free-associating, highly intellectual, and restlessly inquisitive ENTPs will find that New School’s campus community perfectly suits their need to bounce ideas off others. Indeed, ENTPs will likely find the sky-high premium New School places on free thought to present a welcome challenge, one that offers the opportunity to gain as many new perspectives as they possibly can.
Composite Score: 76
7. Berea College (tie)
Berea College is a private liberal arts work college established in 1855. Located south of Lexington, Kentucky and housing approximately 1,600 undergraduates, Berea College is known for providing a free education to all its students, as well as for being the first institution of higher learning in the southern United States to both go coeducational and racially integrate. Founded as a Christian college, Berea’s Christian identity is broadly applied so as not to exclude any one faith or denomination. Part of its required curriculum includes taking a class called Understanding of Christianity, which is designed to respect all worldviews and belief systems. Berea is recognized best for its work-study program, for which all students work at least 10 hours per week in campus service jobs in over 130 departments. All students admitted to Berea are given a laptop that they may use for their studies and take with them when they graduate.
Freethinking ENTP will appreciate Berea’s unique and alternative mission to assist students through college via work study, especially as ENTP tends to possess a strong intellectual work ethic and value the idea of spreading multi-perspectival modes of thinking taught at most colleges and universities. Three out of Berea’s Top 5 majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, meaning that ENTP will feel right at home among this student body, over half of which values subjects that teach them how to draw connections between worldviews that seem vastly different on the surface. Berea’s student-faculty ratio of 1:10 promises a tight-knit campus community that permits ENTP to develop relationships with peers and professors that constitute many lifetimes of learning experience. Overall, and even if a particularly skeptical ENTP does not have the Christian faith, Berea’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the Earth,” will resonate deeply with all ENTPs, who are driven by the common social goal to reach, assemble, and create constructive compromise between seemingly disparate groups of people, their beliefs, and their ideas.
Composite Score: 76
7. Goucher College (tie)
Goucher College is a private liberal arts school that was establised in 1885. Located in rural Towson, Maryland with a student population of nearly 1,500, Goucher is known as one of only two colleges in the United States that require its students to participate in a study abroad experience. Goucher’s curriculum focuses on the liberal arts with an emphasis on international experience, proficiency in English and a foreign language, as well as history and environmental sustainability. Undergraduates are required to complete an off-campus internship or study abroad in order to graduate. The college is recognized for its programs in creative writing, dance, and pre-medicine, serving as the campus for Johns Hopkins’ University Center for Talented Youth, a summer program for gifted students, as well as being the alumni institution many talented artists, writers, and political activists.
Magnanimous ENTP will appreciate Goucher’s common goal to be “a small liberal arts college with a big view of the world.” Goucher’s student-faculty ratio is 1:10, ensuring that ENTP will have the environment they require to flourish by developing relationships with peers and professors. Three out of Goucher’s Top 5 Majors are in the Liberal Arts, making it conducive to ENTPs achieving their goal of living and working in a freethinking environment. Goucher helps all students achieve their goals by emphasizing the 3Rs: relationships, resilience, and reflection. This emphasis makes it an especially good fit for ENTPs whose extroversion drives them to be part of their campus community and the wider world, all of which require those 3Rs. Indeed, its study abroad opportunities alone will likely entice intellectually adventurous ENTPs, as they love to learn by adopting the perspective that a new place affords.
Composite Score: 76
10. United States Military Academy
The United States Military Academy is a federal service academy founded in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson. Located in West Point, New York and housing a student population of approximately 4,300 cadets, the United States Military Academy is known colloquially as “West Point” or “The Point,” and is home to the oldest continuously-operating Army post in the nation, dating back to 1778. In addition to filling out a direct application, applicants must be nominated or otherwise tapped by a Member of Congress or a Resident Commissioner in the case of Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories. West Point is one of the topmost tourist destinations in the country, supporting a fully operating visitors’ center and the oldest military museum in the history of the United States Army. All graduates from the Academy emerge as officers, and since tuition is fully funded by the U.S. Army, cadets are expected to go on active duty for a period after graduation. West Point offers a bachelor of science with a curriculum that requires participation in competitive athletics.
Just as with the United States Air Force Academy, it may seem counterintuitive that a devil’s advocate and skeptical questioner like ENTP would attend The United States Military Academy. Yet just like the USAF, West Point possesses a simple, unique and alternative mission that some of the more discipline-driven ENTPs would appreciate: “Duty, Honor, Country.” Of course, with its curriculum in the liberal arts designed to teach cadets how to think critically as leaders, West Point welcomes a healthy level of questioning in the classroom. And although only one of its Top 5 Majors is in the Liberal Arts, West Point maintains a very tight student-faculty ratio of 1:7, ensuring that students like ENTP will develop deep and abiding relationships with both their fellow cadets and their commanding officers. Indeed, ENTPs at West Point will find themselves well-suited to enter the leadership roles in both government and the private sector after their tour of active duty, as many well-known of U.S. statesmen, businessmen, and women who call West Point their alma mater, and their reputation will precede every ENTP who graduates from this prestigious military academy.
Composite Score: 71
11. United States Naval Academy
The United States Naval Academy is a public federal service academy established in 1845. Located in Annapolis, Maryland and housing over 4,500 midshipmen, the USNA is colloquially known as “Navy” and is the second-oldest military service academy in the United States. As with West Point, applicants must be nominated or otherwise tapped by a Member of Congress or a Resident Commissioner in the case of Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories in addition to filling out their direct applications. All graduates from the Navy emerge as officers, and since tuition is fully funded by the U.S. Navy, midshipmen are expected to go on active duty for a period after graduation. USNA offers a bachelor of science with a broad academic program and whose conferral depends upon the midshipman’s performance in military leadership and mandatory participation in competitive athletics.
Just as with the United States Air Force Academy West Point, it may seem counterintuitive that a devil’s advocate and skeptical questioner like ENTP would attend The United States Naval Academy. Yet just like USAF and West Point, the Navy possesses a simple, unique and alternative mission that some knowledge-hungry (and seaworthy) ENTPs would appreciate: “From Knowledge, Sea Power.” Of course, with its curriculum in the liberal arts designed to teach midshipmen how to think critically as leaders, Navy welcomes a healthy level of questioning in the classroom. And although only one of its Top 5 Majors is in the Liberal Arts, Navy maintains a very tight student-faculty ratio of 1:8, ensuring that students like ENTP will develop deep and abiding relationships with both their fellow midshipmen and their commanding officers. Indeed, ENTPs at Navy will find themselves well-suited to enter the leadership roles in both government and the private sector after their tour of active duty, as many well-known of U.S. statesmen, businessmen, and women call USNA their alma mater, and their reputation will precede every ENTP who graduates from this prestigious military academy.
Composite Score: 70
12. Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University is a private evangelical Christian university established in 1899. Located in southern California’s Los Angeles County and housing a student body of greater than 6,500 undergraduates, Azusa Pacific University has the largest number of undergraduates of all universities included in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Although Azusa Pacific was founded as a Wesleyan college, it is not exclusive of any Christian denomination and is officially inter-denominational. Organized into three colleges and seven schools, Azusa Pacific University’s curriculum is designed to offer a Christ-centered education that encourages students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life. Azusa Pacific is best-recognized for being one of the United States’ largest Christian universities and its outstanding community involvement, attention to diversity, and global engagement. Having been recognized by several organizations for its community service, ministry, and Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research, Azusa Pacific University is particularly accomplished at serving its fellow man.
ENTPs who place “God First” in the spirit of APU’s motto will find it a perfect fit for their practicable Christian program. Indeed, it will be particularly suited to ENTPs who turn to mission work and global engagement in order to better their understanding of others’ perspectives. Three out of Azusa Pacific University’s Top 5 majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, meaning that over half of its student body are engaged in learning the type of thinking pattern that ENTPs prefer. Despite its large student body, APU’s student-faculty ratio is a tight 1:12, making its campus community conducive to developing relationships with peers, professors, and non-university community members that often last far beyond university walls. Indeed, Azusa Pacific University offers an opportunity for a lifetime of fellowship, service, and worship opportunities with some of the most devout, diverse, and free-thinking Christian personalities that ENTP will find in the United States.
Composite Score: 68
13. Brown University (tie)
Brown University is a private research university established in 1764. Located in Providence, Rhode Island and housing over 9,000 students, Brown University is an Ivy League school and the seventh-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Of course, it is well-known for being an Ivy League school, but it is also well-recognized for being the only Ivy League research university in the U.S. where undergraduates are the architects of their own course of study, taking care to foster rigorous interdisciplinarity and a global reach among its faculty, graduates, and undergraduates. This now famous student-driven curriculum was adopted in 1969 by faculty vote after a year of student lobbying and is known as the “New Curriculum.” The educational approach was designed to abandon general education requirements to better mirror a popular university president’s vision that Brown’s courses “should be so arranged that, insofar as practicable, every student might study what he chose, all that he chose, and nothing but what he chose.”
Independent-minded and community-oriented ENTP will find Brown’s open and interdisciplinary curriculum rewarding. Brown’s unique and alternative mission to have student design their own courses of study will resonate deeply with ENTP’s curious desire to explore every intellectual avenue possible. Although only one of its Top 5 majors is in the Liberal Arts, this metric is difficult to adequately apply to Brown since it places such an emphasis on the exchange of ideas between the disciplines. Indeed in a way, Brown’s avant-garde curriculum ensures that most of its students will already be drawing the cross-disciplinary connections usually reserved for the Liberal Arts. Of course, ENTP will appreciate this creative exchange, especially in a tight-knit campus community with a student-faculty ratio of 1:9. In this respect, Brown is an intellectual heaven for ENTPs who can muscle the brainpower to get through its gates.
Composite Score: 67
13. California Institute of Technology (tie)
California Technical Institute is a private reseach university established in 1891. Located outside Los Angeles in Pasadena, California and housing over 2,250 students, California Technical Institute, or Caltech as it’s known colloquially, is the teaching and alumni institution of 33 Nobel laureates. Also home to 112 faculty who have been elected to the United States National Academies in Washington, D.C., Caltech’s students and faculty participate in research designed to address national and international issues such as climate change. As a result, Caltech’s students oftentimes have the opportunity to participate in prestigious research projects while they reside on campus and work on designing their own unique research projects. A very large proportion of Caltech’s undergraduates go on to pursue graduate work, which has played a large role in elevating the university among the top ten universities in the United States and across the world according to most national and global ranking organizations. Caltech’s curriculum offers 24 majors and 6 minors across all academic disciplines, an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, and encouragement to double major in a science and humanities discipline.
The academic challenge that Caltech presents will please ENTP’s sense of competition. Indeed, as perhaps the most world-renowned, creative scientific research university in the United States, it is guaranteed to fuel the fires of ENTP’s logical and imaginative faculties. Caltech’s motto, “The truth shall make you free,” will appeal wholeheartedly to intellectually rigorous ENTP, whose valuation of free and open inquiry, as well as individual freedom, trumps all other concerns. Although none of Caltech’s Top 5 majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, the university prizes innovation, creativity, and the exchange of ideas between the disciplines so highly that all of its science majors may as well be lessons in the value of human inventions championed by the Liberal Arts. With a student-faculty ratio of 1:3, Caltech maintains the tightest-knit campus community of any school on our list; and ENTP, who thrives as both a student and leader in small groups, will undoubtedly appreciate this opportunity to develop such close relationships with both some of the world’s most esteemed professors and peers.
Composite Score: 67
15. Claremont Mckenna College
Claremont McKenna College is a private liberal arts college established in 1946. Located east of Los Angeles in Claremont, California and housing over 1,300 students, Claremont McKenna College is known for ranking consistently as one of the topmost liberal arts schools in the United States. As a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of liberal arts schools located in and around Claremont, CMC permits students from six surrounding institutions to enroll in classes on its campus, just as those six institutions allow students from CMC to enroll in classes on their campuses. CMC’s curriculum includes general education requirements like humanities and writing seminars during year one, and a large portion of its students (i.e., 40%) major in social science disciplines, specifically government and economics. Claremont McKenna also provides the unique offer of a BA/MBA degree in partnership with Claremont Graduate University that can be earned in 5 years.
Claremont McKenna’s motto, “Civilization prospers with commerce,” sounds very like something that a self-starting, competition-driven, and free-enterprising ENTP would say. It is especially interesting to note that Claremont McKenna was founded with the unique and alternative mission to foster leadership in students in the fields of government, economics, and international affairs when ENTPs tend to be well-suited to pursue careers as statesmen and women, businessmen and women, and global leaders. Although none of CMC’s Top 5 majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, the university prizes the exchange of ideas between the disciplines so highly that all of its social science classes may as well be lessons in the value of human relationships and compromises championed by the Liberal Arts. Claremont McKenna’s student-faculty ratio of 1:8 provides for a tight-knit campus community, which quick and conversational ENTP will find welcoming, as such an environment is ripe for cultivating the types of personal and professional relationships that an amiable debater and devil’s advocate desires.
Composite Score: 64
16. Spelman College
Spelman College is an historically black, women’s, and private liberal arts school established in 1881. Located in Atlanta, Georgia and home to just over 2,200 students, Spelman is one of the United States’s oldest historically black colleges for women, being the fourth such college to receive its charter in 1924. Spelman’s curriculum prioritizes the Liberal Arts, offering 19 majors that lead to Bachelor of Arts degrees and 8 majors that lead to Bachelor of Science degrees. Spelman’s undergraduate student body is also highly active in publishing student writing via literary magazine, student newspaper, newsletter, and yearbook, as well as active participants in numerous and diverse campus religious, international, and social organizations. A large number of famous black women call Spelman their alumni institution, including American author and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Alice Walker, as well as the CEO of Sam’s Club and former Executive Vice President of Walmart, Rosalind G. Brewer.
Black women with strong ties to their African-American heritage and ENTP personality will find no better fit. Spelman’s unique and alternative mission to select the best women to lead society with their commitment to academic rigor, career development, community involvement, and positive social action. Only one of Spelman’s Top 5 majors falls under the purview of the Liberal Arts, but this metric may be misleading, since Spelman’s curriculum offers 11 more Bachelor of Arts degrees than Bachelor of Science degrees and places a great deal of weight on exchanging ideas and creating compromise between the disciplines. ENTPs will no doubt appreciate Spelman’s tight student-faculty ratio of 1:10, allowing them to develop close relationships with peers and professors that last a lifetime of creative and intellectually challenging inquiry. Indeed, black women who test ENTP and choose Spelman will love the freedom that comes from studying at a school capable of offering such a rich cultural and historical context through which to express themselves and the world around them.
Composite Score: 63
17. Berry College
Berry College is a private liberal arts schools that was established in 1902 with a Christian emphasis. Located just north of Rome, Georgia on top of Mount Berry and housing over 2,200 students, Berry College’s suburban campus can boast the largest contiguous geographic area of any college campus in the United States with its 27,000 acres. Berry’s academic program maintains four schools that offer seven degrees, including an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies. Its Christian-inspired curriculum supports an active religion-in-life program that is not exclusive of any other denomination or religion, and many of its students participate in the “Student Association for Inter-Religious Community,” which encourages dialogue between students of the various religious, spiritual, and other belief backgrounds represented on campus. In 2014, Berry College was chosen by U.S. News and World report as the number one “Up-And-Coming” liberal arts school in the nation, meaning it is experiencing good growth at this time.
Known as an academically rigorous school that encourages dialogue between all of its students on both intellectual and spiritual fronts, Berry is an excellent fit for ENTP’s debate-driven and question-oriented personality. Two of Berry’s top five most popular majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, meaning that a healthy portion of its student body dedicates itself to the study of free and open inquiry, just as ENTP would prefer. Christian ENTPs in particular will also appreciate Berry’s motto, “Not to be Ministered Unto, but to Minister,” which underlies its unique and alternative mission to engage the “Head, Heart and Hands” with the education it offers. And indeed, Berry’s tight student-faculty ratio of 1:12 ensures that such an education will be administered via close work with peers and professors who promise to stimulate ENTP’s head, heart, and hands toward critical leadership among governmental, business, and religious bodies everywhere.
Composite Score: 62
18. Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College is a private liberal arts school established in 1955. Located east of Los Angeles in Claremont, California and housing just over 800 students, Harvey Mudd College is known for ranking consistently as one of the topmost liberal arts schools in the United States. As a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of liberal arts schools located in and around Claremont in east Los Angeles County, HMC permits students from six surrounding institutions to enroll in classes on its campus, just as those six institutions allow students from HMC to enroll in classes on their campuses. Offering a unique curriculum that seeks to synthesize the sciences and the arts, Harvey Mudd’s curriculum includes general science education requirements, including a third of their courses in math, science, and engineering, another third in humanities, social science, and the arts, and the final third in courses most pertinent to the student’s major. Harvey Mudd College also provides the unique offer of a Clinic Program in partnership with local company that can be completed in one year and may lead to a job at graduation.
Harvey Mudd’s mission is to “educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.” This mission sounds very like something that ENTP would say a personality that places a high premium on the exchange and interplay of ideas. It is especially interesting to note that Harvey Mudd was founded with the unique and alternative mission to foster this kind of interdisciplinarity when ENTPs tend to be well-suited to seeing the world through many eyes at once and creating compromise between differing worldviews. Although none of HMC’s top five most popular majors appear to fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, the university prizes the exchange of ideas between the disciplines so highly that its entire curriculum is a lesson in the value of scientific discoveries and their impact on human relationships. Harvey Mudd’s student-faculty ratio of 1:9 provides for a tight-knit campus community, which quick and conversational ENTP will find welcoming, as such an environment is ripe for cultivating the types of personal and professional relationships that an amiable debater and devil’s advocate thrives in maintaining.
Composite Score: 61
19. Illinois Institute of Technology (tie)
Illinois Institute of Technology is a private research university that was established in 1890. Located in Chicago, Illinois and housing over 7,700 students, IIT is known for its beautiful urban campus, emphasis on sustainability, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching technology. IIT is divided into five colleges, an institute, two schools, and a number of research centers, all of which have a technology-centered curriculum with an Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO) that sends students from various majors and disciplines to work together on at least one project per semester. IIT also offer co-terminal degree programs, which allow students to enroll as an undergraduate and complete a master’s degree in as few as five years. Incidentally, every student admitted to IIT is automatically considered for a Heald Scholarship which provides up to $25,000 per year, and 90 percent of IIT’s student body receives some type of financial aid.
Techie ENTPs who approach the world scientifically will find a great fit at Illinois Institute of Technology. Not only will their need for sociability be met by the campuses open and urban location, but their need for a challenging work environment with competitive peers to bounce ideas around will also be satisfied by the university’s Interprofessional Projects Program. IIT’s student-faculty ratio is a tight 1:13, making such exchanges of ideas between peers and professors almost seamless. Two out of IIT’s top five most popular majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, making it a standout technical university as far as the humanities are concerned. Such popularity with the Liberal Arts among an IT student body suggests that ENTPs’ inquisitive personality will be more welcome at Illinois Institute of Technology than most traditional technical institutes, as ENTP brings their critical questions to bear on the seemingly absolute rules of science, mathematics, and technology and inspires new ways of thinking about these fields, their connections to other more artistic ones, and the applications of combining them all.
Composite Score: 59
19. Marlboro College (tie)
Marlboro College is a private liberal arts college established in 1946. Located in southern Vermont and home to approximately 200 students, Marlboro College is known for its emphasis on self-designed and individualized education for each of its students, who are expected to participate in a self-governing community that places high premium on freedom of the individual. Marlboro’s curriculum is intentionally interdisciplinary, allowing and encouraging students to pursue many different avenues of interest at once. As a culmination of this exploration, students produce a senior thesis or capstone project, also known as the “Plan of Concentration,” which showcases the student’s work as a body of scholarship that contributes something new to their field. Each capstone project undergoes an oral defense and grading from an expert outside the college before being put on permanent file in the college library as a reference work. Loren Pope, author of The Colleges that Change Lives, has written of Marlboro: “You will find the Marlboro adventure far more intense and intellectually demanding than Harvard, any other Ivy, or Ivy clone. There is simply no comparison.”
ENTPs who have a soft spot in their hearts for small, rural, and deeply intimate learning environments will find Marlboro to their taste, especially as the academic challenge matches that of many U.S. elite institutions. Indeed, Marlboro’s unique and alternative mission to have students participate in local government while taking classes, writing, and developing working relationships will satisfy ENTP’s drive to put govern, learn many perspectives at once, and engage in the type of intellectual sparring that would make some of the world’s greatest debaters proud. Marlboro’s tight student-faculty ratio of 1:5 makes it conducive to cultivating close personal and professional relationships between peers and professors, while four of its top five most popular majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts. All this makes Marlboro quite the catch for sociable and freethinking ENTP personality type, whose quiet sort of extroversion will serve it well in Marlboro’s intimate learning environment.
Composite Score: 59
21. Principia College
Principia College is a private liberal arts college established in 1912. Located in southern Illinois and housing under 500 students, Principia College carries out a scientifically and theologically rigorous mission “to serve the Cause of Christian Science.” Inasmuch, all of Principia’s students are considered practicing Christian Scientists, working together to complete the college’s comprehensive academic program, which combines the liberal arts and the sciences. This academic program offers 27 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, with the most popular being mass communication, biology, sociology, anthropology, studio and fine art, and business administration. Although Principia does not currently offer a graduate program, many of its college graduate go on to attend elite universities, such as Stanford, Yale, and Georgetown, to name only a few. Principia is distinguished as the only institution in the world to educate students with Christian Science as its foundation and framework.
ENTPs who are critical believers will find Principia the perfect place to grow in their faith and understanding of the Christian worldview. Principia’s unique and alternative Christian Science curriculum naturally interweaves two perspectives that mainstream society usually finds antithetical, and which ENTP, as a great lover of finding the middle path between polar opposite perspectives, will appreciate on a deep level. Principia’s motto “As the sowing, the reaping,” also agrees with ENTP’s free and independent streak, suggesting that hard-working individuals get out what they put into their work. The meaning of such a motto ought also to inspire ENTP’s competitive streak, which will be welcome in an intimate learning environment where the student-faculty ratio is a tight 1:7. Someone has to play devil’s advocate, after all. And with four of Principia College’s top five most popular majors falling under the purview of the Liberal Arts, ENTP’s inquiring mind will be right at home among this similarly inquiring student body.
Composite Score: 57
22. Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College is a private liberal arts college that was established in 1926. Located in Yonkers, New York and housing over 1,400 students, Sarah Lawrence College is known for its low student-faculty ratio and highly individualized course of study. Because of this attention to individuality, Sarah Lawrence’s curriculum offers an alternative to traditional majors in the form of four subject distribution areas: the Creative Arts, History and the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Natural Science and Mathematics. Students take a wide variety of classes in each of these subject distribution areas, which are meant to encourage discussions that promote an exchange of ideas between the traditional disciplines. Sarah Lawrence is distinguished from similar and neighboring institutions by its offer of several well-established study abroad opportunities in Havana (i.e., the longest-running program in Cuba by an American university), as well as London, Oxford, and Paris.
As an exemplary liberal arts school, Sarah Lawrence College will both interest and provide an excellent home for ENTP, as its intellectual rigor is sure to inspire and challenge the debater’s inquiring mind. As the only college on this list for which all five of its most popular majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, ENTPs may find it difficult to stop asking their peers about their academic pursuits. Sarah Lawrence’s tight student-faculty ratio of 1:10 will make it doubly difficult for sociable ENTPs to keep their questions to themselves, although SLC’s renowned faculty are sure to keep them on track. According to the Princeton Review’s student sources from 2013, Sarah Lawrence’s faculty are the best in the United States, which makes sense with the individual attention they are able to provide each student and his or her plan of study. ENTPs who choose Sarah Lawrence will undoubtedly appreciate this level of attention to the individual, as they prize (and presuppose) the individual’s right to free and open inquiry like no other personality.
Composite Score: 56
23. University of California (Santa Barbara)
The University of California, Santa Barbara is a public research university that was established in 1891. Located in southern California’s Santa Barbara County and housing over 23,000 students, UCSB is known as a Public Ivy institution with a reputation for producing a large share of research activity, weighing in behind only MIT, Caltech, and Princeton universities in terms of research impact as measured by number of citations for their publications. Inasmuch, UC Santa Barbara’s curriculum is motivated by maximum research output, and it hosts twelve national research centers to prove it, eight of which are supported by the National Science Foundation. The university is also the current home of six nobel laureates, who teach at the university, and is the alumni institution of several famous American actors and musicians, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, and Jack Johnson. The University of California at Santa Barbara is well-known for its annual free music festival, Extravaganza, which has attracted such artists as Sublime, Drake, and Snoop Dogg over the many years it has run.
Socially active and intellectually competitive ENTPs will find UC Santa Barbara an excellent fit to their love of a academic challenge. Tasking ENTPs with such a challenge, Santa Barbara possesses a unique and alternative mission to train all of its students to produce original and groundbreaking research. Two of UCSB’s five most popular majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, which makes it a unique public research university in that a larger portion of students major in the freethinking subjects than most student bodies at public research universities in the United States. Although UC Santa Barbara’s student-faculty ratio of 1:17 is higher than most universities on this list, it is comparatively low as far as most national universities are concerned, and ENTPs will undoubtedly appreciate the greater number of peers around to exchange ideas. With such a large student population, numerous opportunities to participate in campus affairs, and a booming cultural scene in southern California, perspectives abound for ENTP to seize upon and learn as much as they can at UC Santa Barbara.
Composite Score: 53
24. Thomas Aquinas College (tie)
Thomas Aquinas College is private, Roman Catholic liberal arts school that was established in 1971. Located in Santa Paula, California and housing just over 350 students, Thomas Aquinas is known for it singly integrated academic program that offer just one degree: a bachelor of the arts in the liberal arts. Thomas Aquinas’s curriculum is based on the Great Books education model, which teaches certain masterworks of literature as the foundations of Western thought, culture, and religion. In other words, the college is a classical university in the true sense of the term classical: students study the classical Latinate Trivium (logic, rhetoric, and grammar) and the Quadrivium (geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, and music) during their first two years of the four-year program. Students in their final year produce a senior thesis and defend it before a panel of faculty members. Thomas Aquinas college is most recognized for its chapel, the “crown jewel” of its campus architecture, which was blessed by Pope John Paul II.
Freethinking ENTP will appreciate the promise of Thomas Aquinas College’s thoughtful and simple motto: “The True, The Good, The Beautiful.” Reaching toward these common goals of truth, goodness, and beauty to engender a classical, values-based education earns Thomas Aquinas College a perfect score for unique or alternative mission. Thomas Aquinas College also earns a perfect score for its number one (and only) major being in the Liberal Arts, a constraint that ENTP will use to fashion meaningful, interdisciplinary connections through amiable argumentation with students and faculty. The college’s student body also offers a tight student-faculty ratio of 1:11, which means ENTP is sure to get their fill of heated and productive discussion between themselves, their peers, and their professors at Thomas Aquinas. That is, ENTPs will find Thomas Aquinas’s respect for principles and the exchange of ideas to be no barrier against a healthy skepticism. Indeed, they will find Thomas Aquinas welcomes their inquiring mind with open arms.
Composite Score: 52
24. Houghton College (tie)
Houghton College is a private Christian liberal arts college established in 1883. Located in upstate Houghton, New York and housing a student body of greater than 900 undergraduates, Houghton College is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Although Houghton is a Wesleyan college, it is not exclusive of any Christian denomination and admits all who share their faith in Christ. Granting both two- and four-year degrees, Houghton’s curriculum is designed to offer a Christ-centered education that equips students to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world. Houghton is recognized in many places around the world for its First Year Honors program, which allows qualified students to attend classes around the world in order to explore the roots of Western culture as they have grown to impact contemporary issues such as fuel efficiency, climate change, and energy resources.
ENTPs whose faith is “Founded on the Rock,” in the spirit of Houghton’s motto, will find it a perfect fit for their practicable Christian program. Indeed, it will be particularly suited to ENTPs who turn to the multi-faceted Christian worldview in order to better their understanding of others’ perspectives. All five of Houghton’s most popular majors fall under the purview of the Liberal Arts, meaning that its entire student body is engaged in learning the type of thinking pattern that ENTPs prefer. With its small student body, Houghton’s student-faculty ratio is a tight 1:11, making its campus community conducive to developing relationships with peers, professors, and non-university community members that often last far beyond university walls. Indeed, Hougton College offers an opportunity for a lifetime of fellowship, service, and worship opportunities with some of the most devout, diverse, and free-thinking Christian personalities that ENTP can find in the United States.
Composite Score: 52