Note: Top 5 Most Loved and Hated College Courses

Not all subjects are created equal. Some inspire students enough to happily attend 8 a.m. classes, while others incite contempt and swear at all hours of the day.

In the new CollegeStats survey, the college database website polled 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students to discover and rank once and for all the classes students loved and hated the most.


1. Psychology

Getting the highest grades for fun, students also report having some of the lowest stress levels for their psychology courses despite having to devote time to studying it. Now that’s commitment.

2. History

We may have Donald Trump to thank for that. Since the President’s election, there has been a resurgence of interest in the topic from students (as seen in this Google Trends graph here), who, like the rest of us, are asking, “How did this happen?”.

3. Biology

Not only do students say they enjoy the courses, but starting salaries for biology students are also among the highest in the country, according to a report from the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University.

4. English

Students can analyze Kobe Bryant’s retirement poetry “Dear Basketball” and create a Twitter account that mixes Britney Spears and Caravaggio. What’s not to like?

5. Abnormal Psychology

It is the branch of psychology that delves into the unusual, from behavior to emotion and thoughts, which could lead to mental disorder. Again, the presidency of Donald Trump may or may not have played a role in the popularity of this course.


1. Calculation

No surprise here. Students reported high levels of classroom stress, which also requires a high time commitment.

2. Biology

It is a subject that includes anatomy, neuroscience and genetics. No wonder it is known to be one of the “toughest” majors with one of the lowest average GPAs.

3. Chemistry

A lot of stress and time goes into learning these formulas. Enjoyment? Almost half of the psychology score.

4. English

Seems like students love and hate the subject alike.

5. Statistics

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics,” continues the quote made popular by Mark Twain and attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. For students, statistics courses are more like “Pain, pain and statistics”.

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