The student-to-faculty ratio is traditionally regarded as a good way to measure how much attention each student can receive from the faculty instructor in a classroom setting. A low ratio infers that more classroom time can be available to each student. According to US News and World Report in 2016 among 310 nationally-ranked universities offering bachelors, masters and doctorates, the average ratio was 16 students per each faculty member. Number 1 ranked Princeton has a low ratio of 5 and more than 70% of their courses had fewer than 20 students. Yale has 6:1. Harvard’s ratio is 7:1. And the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) has only 3 students to each faculty. Most schools try to reduce their ratios to a magic number that attracts more students. Most other schools had higher ratios. CalSouthern has a ratio of one (1) to one (1). If quality is measured by student-faculty ratio, then CalSouthern beats them all. Obviously, this is a fun statistic to play with. We all know other factors contribute to a quality education, such as online, tuition costs, and completion rates.  

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