The 25 Best Colleges for ENFPs

ENFP

Independent and charismatic campaigners, ENFPs are social butterflies in the truest sense of the word. They fly from group to group, gathering energy from social encounters only to release it back into the crowd with even greater force, often attracting large audiences. As great communicators, they make excellent actors, political figures, and public speakers. ENFPs don’t like to be tied down to any one group of people. They prefer large and diverse networks of friends, colleagues and acquaintances, always seeking what Jack Kerouac called “the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time.” Big believers in the idea that anything is possible, many go on to become successful lawyers, businesspeople, and world leaders. This list of colleges and universities will point exploring ENFPs to multiple avenues for pursuing lifestyles such as these, as well as countless opportunities for both personal and professional growth.

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Methodology:

Top 5 Majors in the Arts, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies and Applied Sciences(1/4): Because ENFPs tend to be fiercely independent social butterflies who are great communicators of both big ideas and small details, we weighted colleges and universities with the most majors in fields that would accentuate those strong points.

Diversity (1/4): ENFPs prefer to have a large and diverse network of friends whose differences they can appreciate and bring together in harmony with their gravitational charisma. We chose this metric (i.e., the percentage of students who identify as being a race besides White to account for an ENFP’s tendency to be the ultimate people-person: someone who likes to be surrounded by people from all walks of life.

Class Size (1/4): Also because ENFPs prefer to have a large network, we ranked and scored the percentage of classes with greater than 20 students for all colleges and universities in our sample. This accounts for the fact that ENFPs are more likely to prefer a larger class with a greater number of minds to bounce ideas off of than than a smaller one.

Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (1/4): ENFPs are highly innovative thinkers who feel right at home in an environment that asks them to take risks and come up with something new. This is why we weighted colleges with entrepreneurially vibrant communities (e.g., internship programs, think tanks, and centers for entrepreneurship) so that ENFPs could have their pick of colleges and universities that most push the envelope.

1. University of Houston

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Situated in the heart of Texas’s largest city, the University of Houston is the biggest and most diverse institution on ENFP’s list, with greater than 72 percent of its 42,000 students identifying as a race besides White. Although only two out of its top five majors fall under the category of majors in which ENFPs can make the most of their fierce independence and communication skills (i.e., Business, Management and Marketing in addition to Communications, Journalism, and Related Fields), UH makes up for this deficit in the arena of innovation and entrepreneurship. It is here that ENFPs’ great people skills are bound to thrive. Vowing to be “the [power]house that innovation built,” UH maintains countless opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation, including but not limited to internships and partnerships with local and global businesses, startup opportunities with the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, as well as artistic initiatives through the Innovation, Creation, and Commercialization Center.

Composite Score: 82

2. San Diego State University

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One of California’s ten largest state institutions, San Diego State University is also known as one of the most diverse public research universities in the United States. 65 percent of its student body identify as a race besides White, while its large class sizes provide the perfect environment to cultivate a large and diverse network of friends and colleagues. Although only two out of five top majors fall under the category of fields where ENFPs can make the most of their communication skills (i.e., Business, Management, and Marketing in addition to English Language and Literature), opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation abound at SDSU. These include the university’s Business Incubator at the Zahn Innovation Center, as well as numerous programs at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

Composite Score: 81

3. University of California, Riverside

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Sixty miles inland of Los Angeles, the University of California at Riverside is known as one of the most ethnically and economically diverse universities in the United States. With greater than 85 percent of its 21,000 students identifying as a race besides White, and greater than 80 percent of classes having more than twenty students, UC Riverside receives a perfect score for Diversity and Class Size metrics, making it a great fit for ENFPs who have the deepest respect for marginalized populations such as racial, ethnic and LGBT minorities. Opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation include but are not limited to an initiative called primeUC, which offers funding opportunities and an Innovation Series for the more academic-minded ENFP.

Composite Score: 80

4. New Jersey Institute of Technology (tie)

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Situated between Newark and New York City, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is perhaps the most urban university in a long list of urban colleges and universities. Two of its top five majors are in fields conducive to honing ENFP’s communication skills, and these are Architecture and Business, Management, and Marketing. 68 percent of NJIT’s students identify as a race besides White, while 65 percent of its classes house greater than 20 students, making it a great fit for the people-driven ENFP. Among its entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities are both a minor and concetration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as the New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center.

Composite Score: 79

4. Morehouse College (tie)

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The first private liberal arts school on ENFP’s list, Morehouse College is located in the southern metropolis of Atlanta, Georgia. An Historically Black College, its most popular major is in the discipline of Business, Management, and Marketing, which bodes well for ENFPs who come to hone their sharp wits in fields that prize the art of communication. Receiving a perfect score for diversity as an historically black college whose student body is 100 percent people of color, Morehouse is also a great for ENFPs in terms of class size, with nearly 50 percent of its classes containing greater than twenty students, an unusual feat for a liberal arts school. Innovation and Entrepreneurship opportunities present themselves in the form of the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center, which increases small business development for Black and otherwise minority students through internships, funding opportunities, and community outreach.

Composite Score: 79

4. Claflin University (tie)

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Forty miles southeast of South Carolina’s capital city, Claflin University, like Morehouse, is an Historically Black College that also operates as a private liberal arts school. With 98 percent of its student body identifying as a race besides White, it receives a perfect score for Diversity, while 38 percent of its classes have greater than 20 students: another record-high number for a liberal arts institution that is pushing the envelope toward greater collaboration, something ENFPs are sure to appreciate. Opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation present themselves in the form of an Entrepreneurship Business Competition as well as inroads to pitch business ideas at the White House.

Composite Score: 79

7. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick (tie)

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The oldest campus in New Jersey’s largest public institution of higher education, Rutgers University-New Brunswick supports a diverse student body, 67 percent of which identify as a race besides White. With 62 percent of classes containing greater than 20 students, Rutgers University is highly suited to an ENFP’s desire for large and diverse networks of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Two out of its five top majors would mold ENFPs into great communicators and collaborators. These are Business, Management, and Marketing at the number one spot, as well as Communications and Journalism at the number five spot. Entrepreneurship and Innovation opportunities are available through either a concentration or minor in Entrepreneurship, as well as Rutgers’ Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.

Composite Score: 77

7. Temple University (tie)

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With locations throughout Pennsylvania and the globe, Temple University casts the widest net of any university on ENFP’s list, maintaining a student population of greater than 37,000 students worldwide, 41 percent of which identify as a race besides White. Four out of its five top majors are ideal for shaping ENFPs into the greatest communicators they can be. These are Business, Management, and Marketing at the top spot; Communication and Journalism at number two; Visual and Performing Arts at number three; and Education at number four. 62 percent of Temple’s classes contain greater than 20 students, making it an excellent collaborative environment for ENFPs to bounce ideas off their fellows to receive feedback, while its Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute is a veritable hub of new free thought, promoting the spirit of disruption “throughout all schools & colleges of Temple University.”

Composite Score: 77

7. State University of New York at Albany (tie)

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Hosting campuses in three cities of upstate New York, the State University of New York at Albany is the most diverse New York institution on ENFP’s list with over 48 percent of its students identifying as a race besides White. Two out of its top five majors are in fields that would help cultivate a great communicator, including English Language and Literature at number two in addition to Business, Management, and Marketing at number four. More than 75 percent of its classes contain greater than 20 students, making it a great fit for ENFPs who thrive in an audience of peers. Opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation include but are not limited to the Division of Outreach at SUNY Albany, which supports research initiatives designed to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Composite Score:77

7. Lake Forest College (tie)

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Situated on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College is a private liberal arts college known for its wooded setting next to Lake Michigan. Supporting a diverse student body as far as liberal arts colleges go, 43 percent of students identify as a race besides White, while one of the most active student groups on campus is PRIDE, an LGBT student organization. With two of its top five majors in fields that would interest an ENFP (i.e., Business, Management, and Marketing at number two and Communications and Journalism at number three), as well as 41 percent of classes containing greater than 20 students, Lake Forest is a great fit for ENFPs who appreciate a small, tight-knit, yet secluded setting for their studies. Countless entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities await in the neighboring global city of Chicago, as well as on campus.

Composite Score: 77

7. University of Minnesota, Morris (tie)

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Located in western Minnesota, the University of Minnesota at Morris is a public liberal arts institution with three out of five majors in fields that would groom ENFPs in their capacity for communication. These are English Language and Literature at number two, Visual and Performing Arts at number four, and Education at number five. A diverse liberal arts school, one in every three students identify as a race besides White, while the same proportion of classes (i.e., one in every three) maintain enrollments of greater than 20 students. In addition to the university’s opportunities for small-town rural innovation and entrepreneurship, these figures make UMM a great fit for ENFPs searching for that small-town feel with a big-city heart.

Composite Score: 77

12. University of Texas, Dallas (tie)

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Just north of Dallas proper in the suburb of Richardson, the University of Texas at Dallas is known for its innovation in the fields of Space Science, Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Nanotechnology, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. This emphasis on the sciences means that only one of UT Dallas’s top five majors fall under the category of majors that require a high level of people-skills and communication skills, but that major is its most popular: Business, Management and Marketing. Diversity is one of UT Dallas’s strong suits, with over 60 percent of students identifying as a race besides White. Three out of every four classes contain greater than 20 students, making UT Dallas a great fit for crowd-loving ENFPs. Entrepreneurial opportunities are myriad next to Dallas, one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. for new businesses, as the university is home to an Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Composite Score: 76

12. St. John’s University (tie)

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Located in the heart of Queens, New York, St. John’s University is a Roman Catholic institution the only of its kind on ENFP’s list. The NYC university’s top two most popular majors are in fields of interest to the great communicator in training, and these are Business, Management and Marketing, as well as Communications and Journalism. One of the most diverse religious institutions in the nation, two out of every three students at St. John’s identify as a race besides White, while 61 percent of classes contain greater than 20 students. Surrounding New York City offers countless inroads for innovation and entrepreneurship, but St. John’s University campus offers its own fair share of growth opportunities, including but not limited to programs, internships, and graduate assistantships through the Center for Global Business Stewardship.

Composite Score: 76

14. Virginia Commonwealth University (tie)

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Making its home in the state capital of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University is a public research university most known for its School of the Arts, which consistently ranks as a top art school in the United States, regardless of institution type. Among its top five most popular majors, the top two are in disciplines most conducive to grooming great communicators: Business, Management and Marketing and the Visual and Performing Arts. Approximately 50 percent of VCU’s student body identifies as a race besides White, while two in every three classes offered have greater that 20 students, making it a perfect fit for the typical ENFP. Innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities abound in surrounding Richmond, but also on campus in the form of the university’s da Vinci Center.

Composite Score: 74

14. Biola University (tie)

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An acronym for the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Biola University is not located in the city of angels, but rather in its smaller, satellite city of La Mirada. A large, religious, and private liberal arts college, four of its top five majors are in fields that sharpen ENFPs’ people skills, including Business, Management and Marketing at number one; Visual and Performing Arts at number two; Communications and Journalism at number three; and Theology and Religious vocations at number four. Nearly one in every two students at Biola identifies as a race besides White, while more than one in every two of its classes has greater than 20 students. Opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship abound in surrounding Los Angeles, as well as on campus through the Crowell School of Business and annual Biola Startup Competition.

Composite Score: 74

14. University of Central Florida (tie)

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Located in Orlando, the University of Central Florida is the largest public research institution in the United States by undergraduate student enrollment, which is over 52,000. Of its 60,000 total students 45 percent identify as a race besides White, while 72 percent of its class contain greater than 20 students. A great fit for ENFPs who love a city buzzing with business and entertainment opportunities (and especially those who love Disney World and Universal Studies), the University of Central Florida’s number one most popular major is Business, Management and Marketing. Chances for innovation and entrepreneurship are myriad in surrounding Orlando, while the UCF’s campus itself includes three centers for entrepreneurship: the Disney Entrepreneurship Center, the National Entrepreneur Center and the UCF Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Composite Score: 74

14. Willamette University (tie)

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Situated in the state capital of Oregon, Willamette University is the oldest university in the western United States. Founded in 1842, Willamette is a mid-sized liberal arts school comprised of around 2,800 students, 38 percent of which identify as a race besides White. In addition, 38 percent of its classes contain greater than 20 students, with an emphasis on connectivity in a “civic classroom,” where majors in the Social Sciences are most popular, followed by majors Visual and Performing Arts as well as Area, Ethnic, Gender and Group Studies, making it a great fit for the ENFP interested in issues of identity, politics and public performance. Chances for innovation and entrepreneurship include everything that Salem has to offer in the way of tech startup culture, as well as several ventures through the university’s vast network of enterprising and well-connected alumni.

Composite Score: 74

18. University of Texas, Austin (tie)

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Situated in the popular capital city of Texas, the University of Texas at Austin is known as a Public Ivy institution for its large population of high-achieving students. Of that population, more than one in every two students identify as a race besides White, while 64 percent of its classes contain greater than 20 students, making it a great fit for ENFPs who value having a large and diverse network of cohorts above all. It’s top two most popular majors are in disciplines that would make a great communicator out of almost anyone, and these are Business, Management and Marketing and Communications and Journalism. Countless opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship are available throughout the ever-growing city of Austin, as well as on the university campus in the form of the Bridging Disciplines Program for Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship as well as the annual Austin Technology Incubator Startup Library.

Composite Score: 73

18. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark (tie)

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The second State University of New Jersey system campus on ENFP’s list, Rutgers University at Newark is the most diverse national university in on the East Coast by population percentage, with nearly three in every four students identifying as a race besides White. 72 percent of its classes contain greater than 20 students, engineering an apt environment for ENFPs to bounce ideas off their peers and build projects together. Although none of its top five majors are in fields that would groom communication skills, the surrounding community and university more than make up for this deficit with the multitudes of opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship, which include but are not limited to a new business graduate program in fashion, seed grant initiatives and entrepreneurship awards, as well as the New Jersey Small Business Development Center.

Composite Score: 73

18. University of Colorado, Denver (tie)

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Located in the “Mile High” capital of Colorado, the University of Colorado at Denver is the largest research institution in the state, housing over 18,000 students. Of those 18,000, approximately one in every two identify as a race besides White, while 64 percent of its classes contain greater than 20 students, making it a good fit for adventurous ENFPs who enjoy having proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Two out of CU-Denver’s top five majors fall under the category of disciplines that would help cultivate people and communication skills. These are Business Administration at number one and Speech, Communication and Rhetoric at number five. Innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities are nearly endless in this ever-growing and popular city, while the university provides several such inroads on campus, mostly through the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship.

Composite Score: 73

18. Sarah Lawrence College (tie)

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North of Manhattan in the city of Yonkers, Sarah Lawrence College is a small, private liberal arts college. As the only institution on ENFP’s list with all five of its most popular majors in the Liberal Arts and Humanities, Sarah Lawrence is a great for ENFPs who want to throw themselves headlong into fields of study where their social and communication skills will be most appreciated. With 43 percent of its student body identifying as a race besides White, Sarah Lawrence is unconventional in its embrace of ethnic, racial, gender and sexual minorities when compared to similar institutions. Numerous chances for ENFPs to let loose their entrepreneurial spirits or try their hands at innovation are made available through the university’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Immersion Program, as well as through local, regional and global businesses in neighboring New York City.

Composite Score: 73

18. Oglethorpe University (tie)

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Situated in one of Atlanta’s inner suburbs, Oglethorpe is a private liberal arts college in Georgia’s state capital. Three out of five most popular majors are in fields conducive to learning the art of communication, and these are English Language and Literature at number one; Business, Management and Marketing at number two; and Visual and Performing Arts at number four. Among its student body, two out of every three student identify as a race besides White, while one in every four classes contains greater than 20 students, making Oglethorpe a great fit for ENFPs who want to reside in the South’s largest, most densely populated urban arena. Innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities include the Brookhaven Innovation Academy and a healthy startup incubator community.

Composite Score: 73

23. East Carolina University (tie)

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Located in Greenville, East Carolina University is the third-largest public research institution in its home state of North Carolina, enrolling over 28,000 students. Of that student population, 31 percent identify as a race besides White, while 7 out of 10 classes attended contain greater than 20 students. Two of ECU’s top five most popular majors are in disciplines conducive to building on already great communication skills, and these are Business, Management and Marketing at number two and Communication and Journalism at number five. Entrepreneurship and Innovation opportunities include but are not limited to ECU’s up and coming School of Entrepreneurship, as well as its Innovators Academy for young people in the community.

Composite Score: 72

23. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (tie)

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Built along Indiana’s White River and Fall Creek waterways and belonging to both Indiana and Purdue universities, the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the third-largest university in the state, enrolling over 30,000 students. Of those students, one in every four identifies as a race besides White, while nearly two in every three classes contains greater than 20 students. Four out IUPUI’s top five majors are in disciplines that would aid any ENFP employ their social and communication skills to earn a career. These are Business, Management and Marketing at number one; Liberal Arts and Sciences at number three; Communications and Journalism at number four; and Education at number five. Opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation include everything that Indianapolis has to off in the way internship and partnerships with local, regional and global businesses, as well as several initiatives on the university campus, such as its Discovery, Innovation, and Ventures Enterprise (DIVE).

Composite Score: 72

23. Smith College (tie)

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The only private, all women’s college to make ENFP’s list, Smith College is a unique liberal arts school among unique liberal arts schools. Set in the small town of Northampton in west-central Massachusetts, more than one in every two of Smith students identify as a race besides White, while, in an effort to foster collaboration, 31 percent of its classes have greater than 20 students. Two out the five most popular majors are in disciplines that would enhance any ENFP’s skill in the twin arts of communication and social skill, while special fellowships , a Center for Women & Financial Independence, and an annual startup competition are some of the many initiatives Smith’s young women can take advantage of to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship among fellow women (and fellow ENFPs) of today and tomorrow.

Composite Score: 72