Top 25 Schools for the ESTP Personality


The ESTP (Extroverted sensing, thinking, perceiving) personality is defined by extroverted sensing with introverted thinking. This personality type is often associated with the entrepreneur or the “doer,” that is, they are people of action and creative problem solving. This means they are incredibly comfortable in chaotic environments and derive energy from exciting or even dangerous situations where they can devise concrete solutions to problems. They are comfortable in large party environments, meeting new people, and love to earn the room’s attention through intelligent wit and grounded humor, though they will become bored if conversations drift towards the more abstract. The ESTP personality is also the one most associated with risky behavior as they derive thrills from chaotic or unpredictable circumstances. This also makes the personality type uniquely suited for the world of business, entrepreneurship, and exploring the world through working or studying abroad.

The ESTP’s gravitation towards concrete problem solving and away from abstractions means they will likely mesh best with schools that emphasize majors in business, management, and the applied sciences. This personality type will also likely thrive in small classroom environments where they can earn the room’s attention and lead groups with other peers, and will appreciate any school programs or innovation that allow them to exercise their leadership and problem-solving skills. In this article we explore 25 of the schools best suited for the ESTP personality. You can find the metrics used to create this ranking below.

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  • Majors for the Concrete Thinker (1/4): The number of majors and degree options conducive to the ESTP personality.
  • Opportunities for Exploration (1/4): The number of study abroad opportunities.
  • Class Size (1/4): The percentage of classes with less than 20 students.
  • Opportunities for Innovation (1/4): The number of programs that empower student creativity and innovation such as independent study programs or “create your own major programs.”

1. Bennington College


The Bennington College ‘about’ page reads like a description of the ESTP personality with an emphasis on concrete intellectual inquiries, individual talent, and personal responsibility. A defining characteristic of the ESTP personality is that they are easily bored by abstractions, which in extreme situations might seem to conflict with traditional education itself. Bennington College, however, seems to recognize this potential drawback, and is the only college in America to require a year of work in the real world from its students. For the ESTP’s, who crave both concrete learning strategies and challenging and new environments, this requirement is likely a dream come true. Besides the work program, over 85% of classes are composed of less than 20 students, meaning the ESTP student will have plenty of opportunity to gain the room’s attention and practice their beloved social skills. Bennington also offers independent study programs, internships, and research options to satiate the ESTP’s flare for leading projects, and should they still seek further stimulation there are also 43 study abroad programs that are conducive with their thirst for adventure and discovery.

2. Washington and Lee University


Washington and Lee University has a long history with the ESTP personality, also known as the entrepreneur personality, as it was founded in 1749 and named after two of the most influential entrepreneurs of that time, George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The school’s motto, “not unmindful of the future” underscores the liberal arts philosophy of the school and implies a concrete understanding of the world and the future, which is inline with ESTP’s desire for grounded and concrete planning and thinking. Washington and Lee’s top five majors are business administration and management, economics, political science and government, accounting, and history–all of which are challenging disciplines defined by concrete, logical concepts and thinking, making them ideal paths of study for the ESTP personality. The school also empowers its students with personal choice and creativity through independent study and “create your major” options.

3. Soka University of America


Soka University is a private, nonprofit liberal arts college and graduate school comprised of 103 acres in South Orange County, California and is just a stone’s throw from the beach. The University is near the heart of Southern California’s myriad of education, cultural, and other adventurous opportunities, which is sure to help quench the ESTP’s thirst for new and exciting experiences. 60% of the University’s student body is made up of US and 40% are from more than 40 other countries, meaning that those with the ESTP personality will be able to interact with individuals from all different walks of life and cultures. With an 8 to 1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 12, ESTP’s will have the much needed opportunity to interact with their instructors and work with their peers. The University also includes study abroad programs in its standard tuition, so ESTP’s can satiate their wanderlust without taking on more student expenses.

4. The New School


ESTP’s are risk takers who glorify challenging convention, and it is very likely that when The New School was dreamt up by a group of creatives in 1919 they were channeling their ESTP personalities, as the school is defined by a progressive philosophy of risk taking and tearing down conventions and boundaries in favor of concrete problem solving and creative collaboration between disciplines. At The New School, ESTP personalities will flourish as they will be rewarded for their creative risk taking, bolding thinking, and desire for interdisciplinary collaboration. With academic centers located around the world and 48 study abroad programs, ESTP students will have many opportunities to embark on the adventures they crave. Housing a famous design school, a prestigious social research school, and many other programs of concrete thinking ESTP students have many options to engage their logical intellect, and moreover, will be able to explore new and creative options for collaboration between programs, as The New School emphasises a unique cooperation between degree programs, so that students may seek out new and interesting connections and can define much of their major through personal choice, a feature seemingly personalized for ESTP students and those with similar personality traits.

5. University of Tulsa


Founded in 1894 The University of Tulsa is a ‘Top 50’ private, independent institution, granting degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With an active greek life, over 100 active student organizations, and emphasis on multiculturality ESTP students will have a great deal of opportunity to explore new cultures and ideations, and to polish their social skills for garnering the attention they desire. The five most popular areas of study at Tulsa are business, management, marketing, engineering, and biomedical sciences, all of which are defined by the concrete thinking, logical problem solving, and creativity that ESTP students are known to prefer. ESTP students will also appreciate the challenge and academic competitiveness of Tulsa, as 73% of the student body are students who were in the top 10% of their graduating classes and the average GPA of entering freshman is 3.9. ESTP students will also have plenty of opportunity to engage in real world activities and challenges through Tulsa’s network of community service projects and research initiatives.

6. Kent State University


With an alumni body larger than the population of many cities (over 227,000), Kent State University offers its students not only an education, but a lifelong network to pull from and engage in. The student body is also composed of students representing 111 countries, so ESTP students can interact and compete with peers from many different cultures and backgrounds, an opportunity that will most likely flare their interest. The University’s most popular majors are business, management, marketing, related support services, and health professions–all of which represent more concrete areas of study that shy away from the more abstract and thus are highly conducive to the ESTP personality. For ESTP students whose love of concrete areas of study has driven them into fields of research, Kent’s Division of Research and Sponsored Programs offers an incredible resource for both specific research disciplines and independent research projects, should the ESTP student wish to branch off and pursue their unique interests in new and interesting ways–something they are well-known to do.

7. Sarah Lawrence College


Sarah Lawrence College is just 30 minutes north of Midtown Manhattan by train or car, one of the world’s most exciting and innovative cities. ESTP students will love the College’s connection to New York and the inherent potential for exploration and adventure. In the school’s own words, the city of New York should be viewed “as an extension of the Sarah Lawrence campus–a cultural, research, social, and career resource without peer.” This means ESTP students will have nearly limitless opportunities to build career and social connections, brandishing their ever important social skills to do so, as is one of the hallmarks of their personality. Internships and faculty connections in the city mean that ESTP students natural inclination towards networking will help them in both their academic pursuits and career building.

8. Goucher College


Goucher College is a liberal arts school known for its progressiveness. U.S. News & World Report ranked Goucher as the 6th most innovative college in the nation. A love and passion for innovation is also a hallmark of the ESTP personality, and so students with this personality will most likely find Goucher a very attractive option. Amongst its most innovative strategies is Goucher’s study abroad program, offering more than 70 international programs in dozens of countries. All Goucher students travel abroad, either for three weeks a semester, or a year at a time, giving ESTP students an invaluable opportunity to embark on adventures and explore the unknown as they are often want to do. As entrepreneurial spirits and people of action, ESTP students will also appreciate Goucher’s “create-your-major” programs where they can pursue their own specific academic and career-oriented dreams through real, objective planning and curriculum design. While they love exploring the unknown, ESTP also love a sure bet, and Goucher’s students success rates represent just that with 100% of graduates currently enjoying employment or pursuing graduate studies.

9. University of Vermont


The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, Vermont, which was named America’s #1 college town for its setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, and for its buzzing community and active outdoor culture. ESTP students will likely find this wide spectrum of opportunities–from the outdoor adventures to the lively city life–thrilling to say the least. ESTP students may likely find that the Peace Corps is an attractive option as it embodies the adventure and exploration of their personalities, and UVM boasts impressively high acceptance rates into the Peace Corps. The University of Vermont is also the state’s university, evidenced by a mutually beneficial relationship where outreach projects, state research initiatives, and other opportunities will give ESTP students the chance to engage their active intellects and passion for innovation.

10. Barnard College


Barnard College began its history as the first college in New York City, and one of the few in the world, to offer women the same small liberal arts education that was available to men at the time. Today it is one of the most sought after liberal arts education for women in the United States, largely because it is as serious about changing the world and the advancement of women as its history would suggest–with instructors and graduates alike making their mark as leaders in the arts, business, government, and science. Young women of the ESTP personality will likely find this environment of challenging academics, competitive collaboration, and constant innovation one in which they can thrive. Barnard also showcases a unique partnership with Columbia University, which allows Barnard students to take classes at Columbia and vice versa, furthering the potential opportunities for the ESTP personality to build a social network, collaborate, and compete.

11. University of Florida


The University of Florida is one of the largest and most productive higher education institutions in the country with numerous accolades, many of which will be highly attractive to the ESTP student. As lovers of concrete action, adventure, and challenge ESTP’s are often avid sports fans if not athletes themselves. At the University of Florida ESTP students can compete for a spot on one of the numerous nationally recognized sports teams, or take pride in them from the sidelines as student-fans. The University of Florida is also a phenomenal research institution and economic stimulus, bringing in over 700 million in research funds and turning every dollar of state investment into fifteen. ESTP students will have a hard time finding a better environment with the potential to empower their pursuit of creativity and innovation.

12. University of La Verne


Founded in 1891 the University of La Verne has dedicated itself to the belief that an education based on concrete values enriches the experience by engendering service, scholarly accomplishment, and professionalism. The University also defines itself through high standards of inclusivity and diversity, that is, the collaboration and constructive competition of students from all walks of life, a sentiment that is highly conducive to the ESTP personality that craves such social inclusiveness. The University’s commitment to improving local, regional, and global communities means that ESTP students will have many opportunities to engage in networking and outreach, both of which are hallmark activities of the ESTP personality. And with 66% of classes holding less than 20 students, the ESTP student will have the chance to network both in and out of the classroom.

13. Yale University


With a history of academic excellence of over 300 years, Yale is one of the oldest and most formidable universities in the nation. Its impact is both local and global with strong ties to the local community and economy of New Haven, Connecticut and international partnerships and global research initiatives. The ESTP student will likely be invigorated by Yale’s environment of prestige and academic rigor. With the major focus of Yale being to prepare the next generation of world leaders, ESTP students will find their dreams of innovation and creative risk taking rewarded and empowered. Yale is one of the few institutions of higher education in the world where the number of faculty members nearly outnumbers the number of undergraduate students. This coupled with the fact that over 74% of classes hold less than 20 students means that ESTP students will have the ideal environment to garner the attention they desire and collaborate with peers and instructors on a more personal level.



14. University of Denver


The University of Denver was founded in 1864, making it nearly as old as the city of Denver itself. The University’s 125 acre campus is just a few miles south of downtown Denver, one of America’s premier cities for young people. The University of Denver’s philosophy of education is incredibly conducive to the ESTP personality, and may have been created by ESTP’s originally. In the University’s own words, “Education is an adventure,” which is likely music to the ESTP student’s ears. The University’s focus on collaborative, experiential learning where students engage in cross disciplinary field work and community projects is also likely very attractive to the ESTP student, who values experiential and socially stimulating work. The ESTP student’s hunger for adventure will also be rewarded at the University of Denver through local and global learning programs that might take him/her across the country or even across the world.

15. Colgate University


Colgate University is a small liberal arts college where 74% of classes are composed of less than 20 students, meaning that ESTP students will have the opportunity to collaborate, compete, and network on a more personal level. The University’s focus on faculty-student interaction means that ESTP students will also have the opportunity to garner favor and/or attention from their instructors thus making their education a more rewarding experience. Colgate also champions a multidisciplinary approach to the liberal arts education, which is also likely appealing to the ESTP personality that tends to shy away from concepts or formats that are overly abstract. Colgate also spearheads multiple local and national research initiatives, giving ESTP students a chance to build their social and career-oriented networks to their heart’s content.

16. Southern Methodist University


Southern Methodist University was founded in 1911 and today is a nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools with an impressive list of accolades that also make it stand out as a nice fit for the ESTP student. It is located on 234 acres of beautiful Texas land just five miles north of downtown Dallas, a city with a great deal of social and economic activity. Southern Methodist University is proud of its being shaped by the entrepreneurial spirit of the region in Texas and actively supports the entrepreneurial spirit in its students, making it a prime candidate for the “entrepreneur personality” or ESTP. Though the University is a Methodist institution, it is nonsectarian in its educational strategies and philosophy, promoting the free-thinking and objective inquiry that are hallmarks of the ESTP personality.

17. University of Kansas


Founded in 1854 the University of Kansas boasts a rich and vibrant history, and has been a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1909, earning national rankings and impressive accolades year after year. The University of Kansas is comprised of 13 schools and offers more than 360 degree programs. With freedom of choice and inquiry being important aspects of the ESTP personality, this level of choice is probably very attractive to ESTP students. The University’s affiliated research centers and institutes also open the door for both independent study options, and for a depth of research projects that is hard to replicate in schools without the same abundant resources and connections. This means that ESTP students at the University will be uniquely empowered to pursue their creative ideas and innovative passions.

18. University of Missouri–Kansas City


The University of Missouri-Kansas City was founded in 1929 and its history is a story of entrepreneurship, partnerships, education, and innovation. Since its founding businessmen, community and state leaders, and innovative educators have worked together to develop, expand, and enhance the university to bring it to where it is today with over 16,000 students and hundreds of degree options. With 1 faculty member per 13 students, ESTP students are likely to garner the attention they desire from both small classroom sizes and interactions with instructors on more personal levels, both of which are likely to make their education experience more rewarding and motivating. With research centers, a medical school, and a law school degree programs offer a great deal of interdisciplinary collaboration, allowing ESTP students to pursue personal research interests, independent study projects, or other innovative directions.

19. Scripps College


Scripps College was founded in 1926 as one of the few institutions dedicated to educating women for lives of commitment and cultural engagement, as was the vision of the College’s namesake and founder, Ellen Browning Scripps, who was a newspaper entrepreneur and philanthropist. Today, the buzzing campus is located just 35 miles east of Los Angeles, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, making it less than an hour away from the Pacific Ocean, world-class skiing, the Mojave Desert, and Disneyland. These exciting opportunities are likely to be extremely appealing to those with the ESTP personality, as it speaks to their thrill-seeking propensities. Similarly, in line with the vision of the College’s namesake, the values of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are strongly emphasized, making it a very conducive environment for ESTP students.

20. Denison University


As one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River, Denison sports a robust and interesting history of progressive liberal arts education. With a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio, small class sizes, and a fully residential campus, ESTP students will have great opportunities to interact with classmates and instructors to garner the attention their personalities yearn for in the classroom, and will be able to socialize and build connections on a daily basis outside of the classroom as well due to the residential program. ESTP students with a love of the outdoors will be pleasantly stimulated by the availability of outdoor adventures offered by the 930 acre campus, which is comprised of beautiful hiking and climbing areas, a biological reserve, and a historic golf club. While ESTP students are risk takers and don’t mind ambiguity, they are concrete thinkers and appreciate definite outcomes. Denison University offers just that and was recognized by the Princeton Review as a “School That Will Pay You Back” alongside Harvard, Yale, Columbia and other formidable Ivy League Schools. ESTP students at the University will find interdisciplinary collaboration and an empowerment of their progressive ideals and innovative passions.

21. University of Minnesota–Morris


The University of Minnesota, Morris opened its doors in 1960 as a public residential liberal arts university. Today the University has remained intentionally small to compliment its unique perspective and teaching philosophy where an eclectic mix of faculty, staff, and students meet in synergy to inspire open-mindedness, creativity, and determination. With a student population of only about 1900 combined with a residential campus, ESTP students can expect a close-knit student population where they can garner attention, and seek out the constructive competition that motivates them. Small class sizes and a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1 also means that ESTP students will have the opportunity to impact their classrooms and take on leadership roles. The University emphasizes experiential learning and community outreach, laying out opportunities that are ideal for the ESTP student to engage their desire for real-world interactions and accomplishments.

22. Adelphi University


Adelphi University’s history is long changing, dating back to its roots as a private preparatory school in Brooklyn, New York in 1863. After a series of changes in leadership and state interests, Adelphi University became the first private, coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island, and since then has serviced over 100,000 students. Today the University is thriving as a dynamic and progressive university, capitalizing on its robust and diverse colleges, research institutes, and online learning department. Small class sizes and a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1 creates the perfect environment for the ESTP personality to build collaborative relationships with peers and garner the attention they desire. The University’s personalized education program also ensures that ESTP students will have the resources and choices available that will allow them to actively pursue their career goals, creativity, and innovative proclivities.

23. Ball State University


Ball State University is an institution of educational entrepreneurs with a long history of innovation and evolution. Started in 1899 by the Ball brothers, a group of New York entrepreneurs, whose dream it was to create a school that would drive innovation and economic growth in the region. Their idea was simple: empower young innovators, and a student with the ESTP personality would likely be their ideal student. Today, Ball State continues to drive its entrepreneurial spirit both in administration and teaching philosophy and through bringing it out in its students through what the University calls “entrepreneurial learning.” These learning strategies mean that students will learn through experiential factors, research projects, projects with community partners, collaborative assignments with peers, and capstone experiences. This varied and diverse strategy seems perfect for the ESTP student and gives them the opportunity and empowerment to not only build social relationships, but to also explore the innovative and creative ways of thinking that come naturally to them.

24. Hollins University


Founded in 1842 as a women’s institution, Hollins University has a long history of progressive liberal arts education, promoting creativity and self-expression for ambitious minds. With little more than 800 students and 90% of classes holding less than 20 students, ESTP students can expect small close-knit classroom environments where they can both make the impact that they desire and garner the attention from their peers and instructors. The University implores the importance of self-discovery and creative risk taking, which means that the ESTP student will likely feel right at home and be rewarded for their natural inclinations towards risk taking and innovative thinking. When the ESTP students require a break from the academic challenges, they have a wealth of potential adventures to embark on whether it’s on the University’s 475 acre campus, in the surrounding city of Roanoke, Virginia, or on the Appalachian Trail, which is only 20 minutes away.

25. Howard University


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges, offering over 120 areas of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The historic campus is located just two miles from the U.S. capitol where many of the University’s students intern or seek work after graduation. ESTP students will feel right at home at Howard due to the valuing for social collaboration, community outreach, and exploration–both inward and outward. With over 63 study abroad programs, the ESTP student will have many options to satiate their need for adventure and discovery. Over 50% of classes hold fewer than 20 students, meaning that the ESTP students will be able to collaborate with students and garner the attention they desire from peers and instructors alike. Earning a degree in such close proximity to our nation’s capital also means that the ESTP student will have enormous potential to high-value networking in the area, making connections for both social life and career life.