The Daily Beast, a news and opinion website connected to Newsweek magazine, has declared that Texas A&M students are the happiest students of all the colleges in the entire United States.
In awarding the No. 1 spot to A&M, Daily Beast editors used student retention information and student ratings. Under the category of "Overall Student Experience," Texas A&M scored a perfect 10. It got a 9.8 for "Would You Do It Again?" It registered a 9.3 for "Best Student Health Center" and 9.2 for "Full-time Freshman Student Retention."
In a press release from A&M today, An obviously grateful A&M vice president for student affairs, Lt. Gen. Joe Weber (USMC-Ret,) was quoted as saying:
"Why is everyone so happy in Aggieland? I'd like to think that it's because from the very beginning we all work to instill in our students the traditions and camaraderie--the Aggie Spirit--that have served us so well throughout our proud history. It all starts with the likes of Fish Camp (a three-day freshman orientation session), New Student Conference, Fish Orientation Week (for new members of the Corps of Cadets), etc. Over a student's time on campus, the beneficial side effects of such formative programs have proven to be threefold - Aggies learn to take care of Aggies, Aggies learn to give more than they receive and Aggies commit to core values, high standards and learning for a lifetime. Not a bad formula at all for anyone seeking happiness....and according to the surveys, it works."
The press release also quoted Texas A&M Student Body President Reid Joseph:
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"This is a tremendous testament to our entire university--especially to our student body, as well as to our faculty and staff who help make it all possible. I'm glad the whole nation now knows what we have known at Texas A&M for a long time."
It should be noted that the Aggies' arch rivals, the Longhorns of the University of Texas at Austin, came in No. 9 on the list.
The other top 10 were: 2. Stanford 3. University of Wisconsin 4. Florida State 5. North Carolina 6. University of Florida 7. Brigham Young 8. University of Georgia 10. Kansas State
No word yet on whether this great happiness will last if Johnny Manziel leaves before next year, as predicted.