“Welcome to the best four years of your life!” Sike. College can be fun, but more often than not you're swamped with enough work to keep you busy for a lifetime. Have you stress-called your mom sobbing about your mountain of assignments? Too anxious to fall asleep at night? Still questioning why you volunteered for four years of mental and financial torture? If so, you might just go to one of the most stressful colleges. Warning: Anxiety levels may increase from reading this.
Find out if you have what it takes to survive at the 10 most stressful colleges.
1. Harvard University
Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without Harvard—arguably the most prestigious school in the world. With an acceptance rate of 5.9 percent, only about 2,000 students were accepted in 2014. Known for its top-notch programs, Harvard is not the place one goes to get schwasted. Students here are some of the most hardworking individuals, but in recent years up to half of the entire student body reported feeling depressed. Even worse, about a third say they’ve felt overwhelmed at least a dozen times throughout the school year—which means they’re not just stressed during finals.
*Updated on June 23, 2016 to include new information from Valerie Siu.
*Updated July 21, 2016 with an opportunity to save on textbooks.