Johns Hopkins freshmen among nation's happiest, by one measure

Johns Hopkins University freshmen are among the happiest in the nation, according to a recent Yahoo News ranking.

JHU ranks 24th among private colleges with a 96.4% freshman retention rate, which Yahoo equates with happiness. "Of course, no school will admit that their students are dissatisfied with the academics, campus life or financial aid," Yahoo writes. "But there is a way to take the pulse of a freshman class: Determine what percentage of students return for their sophomore year."

Princeton tops the list with a 99.2 percent retention rate, followed by Harvey Mudd College (99%) and Yale (99%).

According to ACT Inc., the standardized test maker, the average freshmen retention rate for private, four-year colleges and universities is 67 percent.

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