Top 60 Schools Sorted into Hogwarts’ Houses College rankings for Harry Potter fans!

We’ve ranked, sorted, weighed and measured the top 60 colleges and universities in the United States into the one of the four Hogwarts Houses to which they belong, based on their school mottos.

“Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers
are proud to present
THE MARAUDER’S MAP”

—The Marauder’s Map, as first seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hogwarts HousesHarry Potter is one of the most successful literary series of all time—with approximate worldwide sales of the seven main series books surpassing the 500 million mark combined. The initial installment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone, depending on how much of a Harry Potter purist you are) has been surpassed in sales by only five other books, including Don Quixote, A Tale of Two Cities and the Bible. Ever since Harry Potter first embarked on his journey in 1991 by leaving The Cupboard under the Stairs, 4, Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey—which was located in the Dursley’s upstanding, neat, square executive house (built for upstanding, neat, square executive people, of course), we at OnlineCollegePlan.com have been big fans of The Boy Who Lived, The Hogwarts Houses, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and their struggle against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Because we understand that choosing the perfect school with an online program that is of a very high-caliber often paralyzes many people with fear, feeling much like someone has cast Petrificus Totalus on them, we are casting our own Finite Incantatem in this ranking, alleviating your fears. In addition to ranking these 60 schools based on a set of relevant and impactful ranking criteria, we have also sorted them into the four Hogwarts Houses (15 schools for each Hogwarts House; Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin) based on their school mottos and how closely those mottos are in line with the core principles and personal characteristics that the founders of each House valued and exemplified above all others. We have cast Lumos Maxima and examined each of these 60 schools to help you choose a school that will help you to become successful in life by shining our wand light on the following school’s strengths as providers of higher education.

Methodology:

We have ranked each of these schools which offer online degree programs based on the following criteria to determine where they were ranked within their respective Hogwarts House block:

  • 50% Freshmen Retention Rate;
  • 50% Graduation Rate;

We have chosen to rank the schools based on this criteria because it provides concise information on which schools are best able to keep their students engaged with the use of experiential learning or other high-impact educational practices. It also provides us with the information on which schools are best able to equip their enrolled students with the necessary skills and knowledge that they will need to succeed both in their academic and their professional careers. The final scores for the schools are based on their individual freshmen retention rate added together with their graduation rate, up to a maximum score of 200 final rating points.

In addition to the above ranking criteria, we have separated the schools into four blocks of fifteen schools based on each school’s motto. The schools were placed into a specific ranking block due to how similarly we felt that their motto epitomized the values of one of the four Hogwarts Houses. Schools only compete for a rank position against other schools that are within the same Hogwarts House block.

To rank the following 60 schools within their respective Hogwarts House block, we utilized each of the school’s websites to find information on their freshmen retention rates and their graduation rates. In the instances that we were unable to find this information directly from the school’s site, we utilized U.S. News and World Report‘s database of school information to determine what each of the school’s freshmen retention rates and graduation rates are.

Finally, after sorting and ranking all 60 of the schools, we then added together the final ratings for each school that are listed within a specific Hogwarts House block, and the House that had the highest combined total rates from its 15 school members was awarded the Hogwarts House Cup at the end of this ranking; in addition to the winning house being able to take pride in being awarded the House Cup, the top-ranked school from the winning house also received an additional shout-out for scoring the most points for their House.

Top 60 Schools Sorted into Hogwarts’ Houses

From the Harry Potter book series

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor

griffindor“We’ll teach all those with brave deeds to their name.”
—Professor Godric Gryffindor

The House of Gryffindor, which was created by one of the four founders of Hogwarts (the other three being Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin), Godric Gryffindor, is home to students that have the qualities that Gryffindor praised above all others: courage, determination, and just strength of heart. Students who get sorted into Gryffindor by the Sorting Hat—which incidentally started out as Gryffindor’s very own hat—are renowned for their commitment to protecting others and in having a moral obligation to do what’s right.

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

Campbell UniversityCampbell University is a private, not-for-profit and Baptist-affiliated university located in Buies Creek, North Carolina and which was originally established in 1887. Campbell University offers a wide selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students. The home of the Fighting Camels and the Lady Camels has been chosen as one of our picks for a Gryffindor House School due to the school’s motto—”To the Stars Through Difficulties.” We feel that it shows application and strength of will, two traits that are just as easily at home in Gryffindor as they are at Campbell University. We hear that the career options that start to open up to students after they graduate from a degree program offered at Campbell University are so great, that it makes them feel as if someone cast the Jelly-Legs Jinx on them.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 75.0%
Graduation Rate: 49.7%
Total Rate: 124.7/200

Campbell University’s Motto: (Latin) Ad Astra Per Aspera
Motto Translated to English: “To the Stars Through Difficulties”

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University of CharlotteThe Queens University of Charlotte is a private, not-for-profit and Presbyterian-affiliated postsecondary educational institute which was originally established in 1857 and which is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Queens University has a variety of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs which span across numerous disciplines and which are available both on-campus and online. The online programs are offered to students in an asynchronous format, which must make busy students feel as if someone has cast Emancipare on them, freeing them from what was binding them; being unable to obtain a higher education due to the rigidity of many traditional programs. Queens University of Charlotte offers an online Master of Arts degree program in Wizarding Communications, which will provide students with the necessary skills needed to pursue a career with the Ministry of Magic’s Office of Public Information Services, disseminating information to prominent figures within Muggle community concerning potential threats.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 72.0%
Graduation Rate: 57.1%
Total Rate: 129.1/200

Queens University of Charlotte’s Motto: (Latin) Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare
Motto Translated to English: “Not to be Served, but to Serve”

Albright College

Reading, Pennsylvania

Albright CollegeLocated in Reading, Pennsylvania and established in 1856, Albright College is a private, not-for-profit Methodist-affiliated liberal arts college. Albright College offers a selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for on-campus students and distance learning students alike. This is done through the school’s numerous partnerships with other universities and colleges, such as their collaboration with Delaware County Community College (DCCC) where students can enroll into their Associate of Art degree program for History of Magic. Albright College was chosen as a Gryffindor House school due to the fact that the school’s motto—Truth and Justice—are two things that many Gryffindor students firmly believe in. Always being truthful and transparent with others and doing what they can so that things in the world are as just as possible (two very highly commendable characteristics to possess) help to make Albright College a clear-cut choice for a House that exemplifies these traits among others.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 76.0%
Graduation Rate: 53.2%
Total Rate: 129.2/200

Albright College’s Motto: (Latin) Veritas et Justitia
Motto Translated to English: “Truth and Justice”

Iona College

New Rochelle, New York

Iona CollegeIona College is a Congregation of Christian Brothers-affiliated liberal arts college which is located in New Rochelle, New York. The school, which was established in 1940, proudly proclaims as its school motto “Fight the Good Fight” which is just the kind of fighting spirit one would expect from a member of the Gryffindor House. “Fighting the Good Fight” can take many different forms for many different people, but by attending Iona College, the school’s faculty will work hard to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to continue fighting the good fight in your professional, educational and personal life. Iona College offers to its traditional brick-and-mortar students and its distance learning students a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs which span across many disciplines and inter-disciplines. The online programs are available in an asynchronous format and are of the same caliber as the school’s offered on-campus academic programs, ensuring lots of flexibility while still providing a quality education.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 70.9%
Graduation Rate: 60.5%
Total Rate: 131.4/200

Iona College’s Motto: (Latin) Certa Bonum Certamen
Motto Translated to English: “Fight the Good Fight”

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, Louisiana

Louisiana Tech UniversityLouisiana Tech University, which is located in Ruston, Louisiana, is a public space-grant research university. LA Tech, as it is often referred to as was established in 1894 as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana. LA Tech has a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available for students, both traditional on-campus and distance learning, to choose from. LA Tech even offers an online Master of Art degree in History of Magic, and this program, thankfully, isn’t taught by the ghostly Professor Cuthbert Binns, making it not only a high-quality and rigorous online degree program but also a fun and enjoyable program; just like the rest of LATech’s degree program offerings are. The school’s motto of “Union, Confidence, Justice” should resonate strongly with any members of the Gryffindor House, making LA Tech a perfect fit in the Scarlet and Gold House of the Lion.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 70.9%
Graduation Rate: 60.5%
Total Rate: 131.4/200

Louisiana Tech University’s Motto: (English) “Union, Confidence, Justice”

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

University of North DakotaCommonly referred to simply as UND, the University of North Dakota is a public space-grant research university which is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. UND was originally established in the year 1883 and has been consistently ranked among the Top 100 public universities operating in the United States by U.S. News & World Report‘s yearly rankings. The University offers students a variety of on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and professional certification programs which are designed to help working professionals to gain an advantage in their chosen fields or to branch out into new areas. UND is such a great pioneer of aviation and aerospace technology; you might even catch a glimpse of a light blue flying 1959 Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe soaring around overhead. UND offers an online and asynchronous Bachelor’s degree program in Magical Theory, giving students a firm grounding in magic.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 80.0%
Graduation Rate: 55.4%
Total Rate: 135.4/200

University of North Dakota’s Motto: (Latin) Lux et Lex
Motto Translated to English: “Light and Law”

Canisius College

Buffalo, New York

Canisius CollegeFounded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus, Canisius College is a private, not-for-profit Jesuit-affiliated educational institute. Located in Buffalo, New York, Canisius College is one of only 28 Jesuit institutions operating in the United States. Canisius College provides attending students—but traditional on-campus students and distance learning students—with a variety (13 online programs in total) of graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate-granting programs for distance learning students to enroll in. One of the degree programs available online is a Master’s Degree program for Care of Magical Creatures, which we hear is wholly endorsed (but sadly not taught) by the one and only Rubeus Hagrid. A degree obtained from Canisius College will make you feel as if someone has cast Impervius on your professional life, helping to protect you from career stagnation and financial instability. All-in-all, Canisius College makes a beautiful addition to the Gryffindor House.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 83.0%
Graduation Rate: 67.7%
Total Rate: 150.7/200

Canisius College’s Motto: (English) “Where Leaders are Made”

University of Massachusetts—Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts—AmherstThis school is located approximately an hour-and-a-half from the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry—the American equivalent of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which was established by Isolt Sayre on the highest peak of Mount Greylock to keep the school hidden from the prying eyes of the local No-Majs (American Muggles)—in Amherst, Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts—Amherst is a public land-grant research university which was originally established in the year of 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College. The University of Massachusetts—Amherst, or simply UMass Amherst, has the school motto “By the Sword we Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty” which readily sums up many of Gryffindor’s key traits such as being just and fair, even when it requires fighting for justice and fairness. UMass Amherst offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and certification programs to on-campus and distance learning students; one of which is the school’s online B.A. degree program in Young Witch and Wizard Education, which will equip students with the skills necessary to begin a career in the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Education.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 90.0%
Graduation Rate: 73.9%
Total Rate: 163.9/200

University of Massachusetts—Amherst’s Motto: (Latin) Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem
Motto Translated to English: “By the Sword we Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty”

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State UniversityFlorida State University, which is commonly referred to simply as FSU, is a public sea-grant and space-grant research university located in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU was established in the year 1851 and today provides students with a wide selection of on-campus and online undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs. FSU even offers a Specialized Studies program in the Defense Against the Dark Arts which is perfect for busy professionals that are currently working as Aurors and that need the flexibility of an online program that will satisfy a portion of the requirements to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Defense Against the Dark Arts for students that are interested in continuing beyond the school’s Specialized Studies program. FSU’s school motto of “Strength, Skill, Character” is highly invocative of some of the traits commonly exhibited by members of Gryffindor House, making FSU a perfect candidate for being a member of Godric Gryffindor’s House.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 92.0%
Graduation Rate: 77.9%
Total Rate: 169.9/200

Florida State University’s Motto: (Latin) Vires, Artes, Mores
Motto Translated to English: “Strength, Skill, Character”

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, Michigan

Hillsdale CollegeLocated in Hillsdale, Michigan, Hillsdale College is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college which was originally established in the year 1844. Hillsdale College’s school motto of “Strength Rejoices in the Challenge” is an excellent example of a defining trait of the Gryffindor House. Godric Gryffindor overcame numerous challenges through sheer force of will and physical strength. Gryffindor students have also overcome many difficulties, in the same manner, thus making Hillsdale College an exceptional choice for a Gryffindor House member. Hillsdale offers its students—both online and on-campus—a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs which all span many different disciplines and inter-disciplines, allowing students to pursue a diverse selection of career paths after graduation. One such online program that is offered is Hillsdale’s degree program in Wizarding Accounting, which would allow students to pursue a career with Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 96.0%
Graduation Rate: 76.0%
Total Rate: 172.0/200

Hillsdale College’s Motto: (Latin) Virtus Tentamine Gaudet
Motto Translated to English: “Strength Rejoices in the Challenge”

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

New Brunswick, New Jersey

RutgersRutgers, The State University of New Jersey, which is commonly referred to simply as RU, is a public land-grant and sea-grant research university which was originally established in 1766 as the Queen’s College. Rutgers is the eighth-oldest school in the United States and is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. A variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate-granting programs are available either on-campus or online. The home of the Scarlet Knights is a great fit for a member of the Gryffindor House and, in addition to being a great Gryffindor representative, Rutgers is also a very reputable provider of high-caliber and dynamic postsecondary educational programs, ensuring all enrolled students will have the skills and knowledge needed to become successful upon program completion.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 92.0%
Graduation Rate: 80.2%
Total Rate: 172.2/200

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Motto: (Latin) Sol Iustitiae Et Occidentem Illustra
Motto Translated to English: “Sun of Righteousness Shine Upon the West, Also”

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
Stevens Institute of TechnologyCommonly referred to simply as SIT, Stevens Institute of Technology is a private, not-for-profit research polytechnic university located in Hoboken, New Jersey. Originally established in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the oldest technological universities located within the United States and was the very first college in America solely dedicated to mechanical engineering. SIT has a selection of dynamic graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available in an online format for distance learning students, including the school’s renown Master’s Degree program in Potions, which is an excellent program choice for any driven witch or wizard.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 94.0%
Graduation Rate: 80.4%
Total Rate: 174.4/200

Stevens Institute of Technology’s Motto: (Latin) Per Aspera Ad Astra
Motto Translated to English: “Through Adversity to the Stars”

Union College—New York

Schenectady, New York

Union College—New YorkLocated in Schenectady, New York, Union College—New York is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college which was originally established in the year 1795. Union offers a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to both traditional on-campus attending students and distance learning students. For example, Union College offers an online Master of Arts program in Muggle Studies which is a rigorous but highly flexible academic program. Union College fits right in with Gryffindor House with its school motto “We all Become Brothers Under the Laws of Minerva” which harkens to Gryffindor students’ respect and admiration for Professor Minerva McGonagall—the Head of Gryffindor House, Head of the Transfiguration Department and later Headmistress of Hogwarts—despite (or possibly in part due to) her tendency of being a strict, but fair, instructor.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 89.0%
Graduation Rate: 86.8%
Total Rate: 175.8/200

Union College—New York’s Motto: (French) Sous Les Lois De Minerve Nous Devenons Tous Frères
Motto Translated to English: “We all Become Brothers Under the Laws of Minerva”

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern UniversityAs a private, not-for-profit research university, Northeastern University was originally established in 1898. Today, NU—as the school is commonly called—offers a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to both traditional on-campus students and to distance learning students (through an online and asynchronous program format). On-campus students obtain an experiential-oriented education and can sign-up for one of the school’s highly comprehensive study-abroad programs. Northeastern University’s school motto of “Light, Truth, Courage” is a fine example of Gryffindor ideals, making Northeastern right at home as a member of Gryffindor House. Northeastern is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as being a Doctoral Research University with a Highest Research Activity rating. Northeastern University’s faculty members can proudly say that Godric Gryffindor would wholeheartedly approve of them and their academic programs; which are of a very high-caliber despite being taught by Muggles / No-Majs; or at least they are as far as we know.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 96.0%
Graduation Rate: 82.1%
Total Rate: 178.1/200

Northeastern University’s Motto: (Latin) Lux, Veritas, Virtus
Motto Translated to English: “Light, Truth, Courage”

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St. LouisLocated in St. Louis, Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis is a private, not-for-profit research university which was originally established in 1853 as the Eliot Seminary. Today, Washington University in St. Louis (which is commonly referred to simply as WUSTL) offers enrolled students a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to choose from, both for traditional on-campus students and for distance learning students. Washington University in St. Louis’ degree programs are of a very high-caliber, but the school’s excellent staff goes above-and-beyond what the average school’s staff does to ensure that each student not only gets a quality education but also acquires a firm grasp on the material that gets covered. Because of the school’s committed staff, WUSTL makes obtaining a degree so magically easy that you might very well feel as if you just waved your wand and shouted Accio Diploma.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 97.0%
Graduation Rate: 94.5%
Total Rate: 191.0/200

Washington University in St. Louis’ Motto: (Latin) Per Veritatem Vis
Motto Translated to English: “Strength Through Truth”

“You might belong in Gryffindor—where dwell the brave at heart—their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”
—The Sorting Hat’s 1991 Houses Song

Gryffindor’s Total Points: 2,323.2

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

ravenclaw“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
—The inscription on Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem

The House of Ravenclaw was created by Rowena Ravenclaw, a Scottish-born witch who valued intelligence, creativity, and wit above all else. It is a popularly theorized that the location and the name of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were both chosen by Ravenclaw who had a dream that a wart-covered hog led her to a cliff by the lake where the school now sits today. Students that get sorted into Ravenclaw House tend to exhibit the very same traits as Rowena Ravenclaw herself; being cognitively adept and mentally resourceful, allowing them to grasp and understand even the most complex of puzzles easily.

Marylhurst University

Marylhurst, Oregon

Marylhurst UniversityLocated in Marylhurst, Oregon, Marylhurst University is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university which was established in 1897 as the St. Mary’s Academy and College by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, who ran the school for numerous years. Despite no longer being run by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Marylhurst University still maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation to this day. The school’s motto (“The Wise of Heart Seek Knowledge”) is a perfect example of what Rowena Ravenclaw wanted her students to believe, making Marylhurst an excellent addition to the Ravenclaw House Marylhurst offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs, graduate degree programs and professional certificate-granting programs which span across numerous career discipline. Marylhurst offers an online Master’s degree program in Real Estate, which will give students wishing to pursue a career in the Ministry of Magic’s Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office the perfect cover story for hanging around so many different houses.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 50.0%
Graduation Rate: 25.6%
Total Rate: 75.6/200

Marylhurst University’s Motto: (Latin) Cor Sapientis Quaerit Doctrinam
Motto Translated to English: “The Wise of Heart Seek Knowledge”

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky UniversityEastern Kentucky University, which is commonly referred to simply as EKU, is a public research university located in Richmond, Kentucky. EKU was originally established in the year 1906. It provides enrolled students (both traditional brick-and-mortar students and distance learning students) with a varied selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and certificate-granting programs. This includes an offering of an online Master of Arts degree program in Muggle Music, which is sure to scratch the creative itch that many Ravenclaw students tend to have. EKU’s motto of “Get Wisdom; Get Understanding” is also an excellent example of the Ravenclaw attitude towards learning, which is why it was so easy for us to sort EKU into the Ravenclaw House.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 72.0%
Graduation Rate: 40.4%
Total Rate: 112.4/200

Eastern Kentucky University’s Motto: (English) “Get Wisdom; Get Understanding”

Fontbonne University

Clayton, Missouri

Fontbonne UniversityAs a Roman Catholic-affiliated private, not-for-profit liberal arts university, Fontbonne University offers undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate-granting programs to enrolled students to choose from, both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students. These academic programs span numerous disciplines and inter-disciplines, allowing students greater flexibility over their career paths upon program completion. Originally established in 1923 as the St. Joseph’s Academy by six members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Clayton, Missouri. Today, Fontbonne University provides educational services to approximately 3,000 students yearly. Fontbonne University’s school motto of “Virtue and Knowledge” goes hand-in-hand with the values of Ravenclaw House and the House’s founder, Rowena Ravenclaw.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 68.0%
Graduation Rate: 44.5%
Total Rate: 112.5/200

Fontbonne University’s Motto: (Latin) Virtus Et Scientia
Motto Translated to English: “Virtue and Knowledge”

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

University of Arkansas“To Advance with Truth as our Leader,” the motto of the University of Arkansas echoes the feelings of many Ravenclaw students; as they all strive to move forward in life with truth and knowledge leading the way. The University of Arkansas, which is commonly referred to simply as UARK, is a public land-grant and space-grant research university located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and which was originally established in 1871 as the Arkansas Industrial University. Today, the school offers a wide selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate programs for on-campus students and distance learning students alike. UARK is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as being a Research University with a Very High Research Activity rating. If you feel as if someone has cast Impedimenta on your ability to grow your career, obtaining a degree from UARK might just be what you need to change things for the better.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 62.3%
Graduation Rate: 61.2%
Total Rate: 123.5/200

University of Arkansas’ Motto: (Latin) Veritate Duce Progredi
Motto Translated to English: “To Advance with Truth as Our Guide”

Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Guilford CollegeFounded in 1837 by the Religious Society of Friends (who are also commonly known as Quakers), Guilford College is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Guilford College is the only Quaker-opened college located in the southeastern region of the United States. Guilford College, which services both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students, offers a selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate-granting programs to enrolled students. Guilford’s school motto of “I Strive for Wisdom and Virtue” is a sentiment to which many Ravenclaw House members can readily relate. Endeavoring to become wiser in the ways of the world is a goal that holds a strong allure for most of the students that are in Ravenclaw House.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 74.0%
Graduation Rate: 58.7%
Total Rate: 132.7/200

Guilford College’s Motto: (English) “I Strive for Wisdom and Virtue”

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan UniversityCentral Michigan University is a public research university which was originally established in 1892 and which is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. CMU offers undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate programs to traditional on-campus students and distance learning students through the university’s eight academic divisions. These divisions are: the College of Business Administration, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Science and Engineering, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Medicine. Central Michigan University’s school motto (“Wisdom, Virtue, and Friendship”) is a spectacular Ravenclaw reminiscent motto; the value of attaining wisdom is the obvious train of thought, but many Ravenclaws also have an unyielding moral fiber.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 76.0%
Graduation Rate: 57.4%
Total Rate: 133.4/200

Central Michigan University’s Motto: (Latin) Sapientia, Virtus, Amicitia
Motto Translated to English: “Wisdom, Virtue and Friendship”

Caldwell University

Caldwell, New Jersey

Caldwell UniversityOriginally established in the year 1939 by the Sisters of St. Dominic as a women’s only college, Caldwell University is a private, not-for-profit and Roman Catholic-affiliated conservative arts university which is located in Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell University offers attending students—both on-campus and distance learning students—with a selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate programs. The school’s motto of “Wisdom and Knowledge” are very much in line with Ravenclaw House’s affinity for learning new things and being able to put what was learned into practice. The sagacity of the average Ravenclaw student and the highly astute professionals that Caldwell University produces are very much one and the same in their intellectual capacities, which is why it was so easy to sort Caldwell University into the Ravenclaw House, along with the rest of the clever schools.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 84.0%
Graduation Rate: 57.4%
Total Rate: 141.4/200

Caldwell University’s Motto: (Latin) Sapientia Et Scientia
Motto Translated to English: “Wisdom and Knowledge”

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

College of CharlestonThe College of Charleston, which is commonly referred to simply as CofC, is a public sea-grant and space-grant research university located in 1785, making it the thirteenth oldest university located within the United States. CofC’s school motto is “Knowledge Itself is Liberty,” which is the perfect embodiment of the ideals set by Ravenclaw House. In addition to being an excellent choice for a Ravenclaw school, CofC has numerous undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available from which students can choose. Many of the school’s degree programs and certification programs are also available in an online and comprehensively asynchronous format, allowing for a great amount of flexibility for the school’s enrolled students. With a degree from CofC, it will effectively be as if you cast Locomotor Career Path, causing it to rise and to follow you as far down your career path as you wish to go.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 81.0%
Graduation Rate: 65.5%
Total Rate: 146.5/200

College of Charleston’s Motto: (Latin) Sapientia Ipsa Libertas
Motto Translated to English: “Knowledge Itself is Liberty”

Hampshire College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Hampshire CollegeLocated in Amherst, Massachusetts, Hampshire College is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college which was originally established in the year 1965. Hampshire College has a varied selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available for students to enroll in, both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students. The school even offers an online Master’s of Arts degree program in History of Magic. The school’s motto (“To Know is not Enough”) is a perfect Ravenclaw outlook on the importance of learning and being able to understand how the world around them operates fully, and being able to put that gained knowledge and their intrinsic capability of understanding various concepts into practical uses to better the world and to better their lives. Hampshire College’s insightful school motto made it a natural choice for a Ravenclaw House school-member.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 82.0%
Graduation Rate: 67.0%
Total Rate: 149.0/200

Hampshire College’s Motto: (Latin) Non Satis Scire
Motto Translated to English: “To Know is not Enough”

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

DePaul UniversityDePaul University is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university which is located in Chicago, Illinois and which was originally established in the year 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission’s priests and brothers, who are known as Vincentians, and was formerly called St. Vincent’s College. In 1998, DePaul University became the largest Roman Catholic-affiliated university based on student enrollment located within the United States, enrolling approximately 16,000 undergraduate students and 7,600 graduate students. The school’s student enrollment size also makes it the thirteenth largest private university in the United States and the largest in the state of Illinois. DePaul has an extensive selection of undergraduate, graduate and professional certificate programs available from which students can choose. Many of these programs are also available online in an asynchronous format, such as their B.A. degree program for Muggle Studies.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 87.0%
Graduation Rate: 70.8%
Total Rate: 157.8/200

DePaul University’s Motto: (Latin) Viam Sapientiae Monstrabo Tibi
Motto Translated to English: “I Will Show You the Way of Wisdom”

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania

James Madison UniversityLocated in Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania, James Madison University is a public research university which was originally established in the year 1908. Today, James Madison University, which is commonly referred to simply as Madison or JMU, offers students a selection of academic programs that span numerous disciplines, allowing students to have variety when it comes to choosing their career path. These academic programs include undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certificate-granting programs. Many of these degrees are available in an online and fully asynchronous format, such as the school’s Master’s degree program in Arithmancy and their Bachelor’s degree program for Nursing for Witches and Wizards. JMU’s school motto of “Knowledge is Liberty” is very attuned to what Ravenclaw’s core foundation is: the ever-challenging pursuit of education to better oneself.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 88.0%
Graduation Rate: 82.0%
Total Rate: 170.0/200

James Madison University’s Motto: (English) “Knowledge is Liberty”

Fordham University

New York, New York

Fordham UniversityFordham University is a private, not-for-profit Roman Catholic-affiliated research university which is located in New York City, New York, and which was originally established in 1841 by the Most Reverend John J. Hughes and was called St. John’s College upon its opening. Fordham has a selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available from which attending students can choose. Many of these academic programs are also available in an online and asynchronous format, allowing for greater flexibility in obtaining a higher education. Fordham University has produced more than 10 Fulbright Scholars since 2003. In addition to the school’s ability to create academic excellence in its students, the school’s motto of “Wisdom and Learning” which is the reason that this university was such a great—and obvious—choice for a Ravenclaw House member-school.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 90.0%
Graduation Rate: 80.3%
Total Rate: 170.3/200

Fordham University’s Motto: (Latin) Sapientia Et Doctrina
Motto Translated to English: “Wisdom and Learning”

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

University of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia is a public land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and sun-grant research university which is located in Athens, Georgia and which was originally established in the year 1785 and was originally called Franklin College. The University of Georgia, which is commonly referred to simply as UGA, has numerous undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for students to choose from (more than 140 degree programs, in fact). Many of these are available to the school’s distance learning students, such as their online Bachelor’s degree program in Magical Business Administration. This will prepare students upon program completion to begin a career with the Ministry of Magic’s International Magical Trading Standards Body which is a division of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. UGA’s school motto is highly evocative of Rowena’s core values, making the university an easy choice for being sorted into the Ravenclaw House.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 95.2%
Graduation Rate: 83.9%
Total Rate: 179.1/200

University of Georgia’s Motto: (Latin) Et Docere Et Rerum Exquirere Causas
Motto Translated to English: “Both to Teach and to Inquire into the Nature of Things”

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Brandeis UniversityBrandeis University is a private, not-for-profit Jewish-affiliated research university which is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, and which was originally established in 1948. Brandeis has a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs from which both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students can choose. In the early years of the school’s history, Eleanor Roosevelt joined the school’s Board of Trustees in 1949. The schools that operate under the University include the Brandeis University College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the Rabb School of Summer and Continuing Studies and the Brandeis International Business School. The school’s motto (“Truth, Even Unto its Innermost Parts) is both incredibly insightful and profound and is a perfect Ravenclaw characteristic inspired motto.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 93.0%
Graduation Rate: 90.2%
Total Rate: 183.2/200

Brandeis University’s Motto: (Hebrew) אמת
Motto Translated to English: “Truth, Even Unto its Innermost Parts”

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of ChicagoThe University of Chicago, which is commonly referred to simply as UChicago, is a private, not-for-profit research university located in Chicago, Illinois. The University, which was originally established in the year 1890, has a large selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for on-campus students to choose from. The University of Chicago also has an assortment of classes and courses that are available to distance learning students in a fully asynchronous format. The education that is provided by the University of Chicago is so good that, upon program completion, the obtained degree will essentially cast Alohomora on a student’s life, unlocking doors to great new career opportunities and options. Because of this, UChicago is an excellent choice for a Ravenclaw House member; enrolling into a program here would be a very wise, Ravenclaw-esque choice indeed.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 99.0%
Graduation Rate: 92.8%
Total Rate: 191.8/200

University of Chicago’s Motto: (Latin) Crescat Scientia; Vita Excolatur
Motto Translated to English: “Let Knowledge Grow From More to More; and so be Human Life Enriched”

“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw—if you’ve a ready mind—where those of wit and learning will always find their kind.”
—The Sorting Hat’s 1991 Houses Song

Ravenclaw’s Total Points: 2,179.2

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff

hufflepuff“I’ll teach the lot and treat them just the same.”
—Professor Helga Hufflepuff’

Helga Hufflepuff, the witch that established the Hufflepuff House, dedicated her time teaching the students that the other three founders of Hogwarts didn’t want to bother with. This caused many people to assume that those students that get sorted into Hufflepuff are not as worthwhile as students that were sorted into the other three Houses, but this is simply not true. Students in Hufflepuff have some essential personal characteristics; they are both extremely hard-working and loyal to a fault. This makes the individuals in Hufflepuff House a group of the very best people that you could hope to meet and who are also arguably some of the most academically successful students that are in attendance at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

University of Nevada—Las Vegas

Paradise, Nevada

University of Nevada—Las VegasCommonly referred to simply as UNLV, the University of Nevada—Las Vegas is a public research university which is located in Paradise, Nevada, and which was originally established in the year of 1957 as the University of Nevada, Southern Division. UNLV has a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs and graduate degree-granting programs available from which students can choose. UNLV also offers a selection of professional certification programs that are designed to give working professionals an edge in their careers or even to start pursuing a new career altogether. The University of Nevada—Las Vegas makes a great choice for a Hufflepuff House school, with the school’s motto being “All Things for Country,” the school exhibits the loyalty and selflessness that is often displayed by many Hufflepuff House students.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 76.0%
Graduation Rate: 40.9%
Total Rate: 116.9/200

University of Nevada—Las Vegas’ Motto: (Latin) Omnia Pro Patria
Motto Translated to English: “Everything; All Things for Country”

University of Louisiana—Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

University of Louisiana—LafayetteThe University of Louisiana—Lafayette is located in Lafayette, Louisiana and was originally established in the year 1898 as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. The University of Louisiana—Lafayette, which is commonly referred to as UL Lafayette or simply as ULL, is a public research university that offers attending students—both traditional on-campus and distance learning students—a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs. The school’s motto of “Boldly, Happily, Faithfully,” is three adjectives that many people would use to describe the students of Hufflepuff House, which made choosing ULL as a Hufflepuff school very easy. Students that graduate from ULL tend to find that their obtained degree casts Evanesco on whatever might have been hindering their career growth.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 76.0%
Graduation Rate: 46.5%
Total Rate: 122.5/200

University of Louisiana—Lafayette’s Motto: (Latin) Fortiter, Feliciter, Fideliter
Motto Translated to English: “Boldly, Happily, Faithfully”

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont

Norwich UniversityNorwich University, which is formally called Norwich University—The Military College of Vermont, is a private, not-for-profit military college which is located in Northfield, Vermont. Norwich was originally established in the year 1819, making it the oldest private military college located within the United States. Norwich offers a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students. Two of the excellent programs available at Norwich is their Master of Arts degree program in Ancient Studies and their Master of Science degree in Nursing for Witches and Wizards which is endorsed by Madam Poppy Pomfrey and the doctors of St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 71.0%
Graduation Rate: 57.2%
Total Rate: 128.2/200

Norwich University’s Motto: (English) “I Will Try”

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco State University is a public university located in San Francisco, California, and which was originally established as the San Francisco State Normal School in the year 1899. San Francisco State University, which is commonly called SF State or simply SFSU, has an expansive selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for students to choose from which span across numerous disciplines and inter-disciplines. Many of the school’s quality programs are also available in an online and asynchronous format, which is just as rigorous and reputable as their on-campus programs are. SFSU is comprised of six academic colleges: the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Ethnic Studies, the College of Health and Social Sciences and the College of Science and Engineering.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 82.0%
Graduation Rate: 47.7%
Total Rate: 129.7/200

San Francisco State University’s Motto: (Latin) Experientia Docet
Motto Translated to English: “Experience Teaches”

North Dakota State University

Fargo, North Dakota

North Dakota State UniversityFormally known as North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, which is more commonly known as North Dakota State University or simply as NDSU, is a public land-grant research university which is located in Fargo, North Dakota, and which was originally established in 1890 as the North Dakota Agricultural College. NDSU has a selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available for students to choose from; many of the offered programs are also available to distance learning students via an online and asynchronous format which is highly flexible and easily accessible. The school’s motto (“For the Land and its People”) is a solid example of the selflessness that is often exhibited by students in the Hufflepuff House. NDSU offers more than 35 online academic programs, including their Master’s degree program for Magical Transportation, which is ideal for those that are interested in a career with the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Transportation.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 80.0%
Graduation Rate: 54.7%
Total Rate: 134.7/200

North Dakota State University’s Motto: (English) “For the Land and its People”

University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

University of MissouriThe University of Missouri, which is commonly referred to formally as the University of Missouri–Columbia and informally as Mizzou or simply as MU, is a public land-grant research university which is located in Columbia, Missouri. Mizzou was originally established in the year 1839 by the Missouri Legislature when they passed the Geyer Act. Mizzou was shaped by Thomas Jefferson and his personally held philosophies concerning what a public education should provide and how. Today Mizzou offers both on-campus students and distance learning students a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs, including a certification course in Veterinary Biomedical Technology which will help students to prepare for a career with the Ministry of Magic’s Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 86.0%
Graduation Rate: 69.8%
Total Rate: 155.8/200

University of Missouri’s Motto: (Latin) Salus Populi
Motto Translated to English: “The Welfare of the People”

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Temple UniversityTemple University is a public doctoral university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and which was originally established in the year 1884 by Russell Conwell, who was a Yale-educated Boston lawyer, orator, and an ordained Baptist minister and who also served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Temple University offers a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to both on-campus attending students and to distance learning students. Temple University offers over 400 degree programs through its seventeen different schools and colleges and its five professional schools. One of the programs available for students to enroll in is a Master’s degree program in Muggle Music, a well-respected program for students interested in the types of music written by Muggles.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 89.0%
Graduation Rate: 67.7%
Total Rate: 156.7/200

Temple University’s Motto: (Latin) Perseverantia Vincit
Motto Translated to English: “Perseverance Conquers”

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

University of South CarolinaOffering numerous undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certificate programs for both on-campus students and to distance learning students, the University of South Carolina is a public sea-grant research university. It is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The University of South Carolina, which is commonly referred to as UofSC, was originally established in the year 1801 by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly and was initiated by Governor John Drayton (the Governor of South Carolina from 1800 to 1802 and 1808 to 1810 and who served as a United States district judge in the state of South Carolina from 1812 until his death in 1822). UofSC’s school motto embodies the views that many Hufflepuff students hold regarding being compassionate and being dedicated to promoting humanitarian efforts.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 88.0%
Graduation Rate: 72.8%
Total Rate: 160.8/200

University of South Carolina’s Motto: (Latin) Emollit Mores Nec Sinit Esse Feros
Motto Translated to English: “Learning Humanizes Character and Does Not Permit it to be Cruel”

Stonehill College

North Easton, Massachusetts

Stonehill CollegeStonehill College is a private, not-for-profit Roman Catholic-affiliated liberal arts college which is located in North Easton, Massachusetts and which was originally established in the year 1948. Stonehill College offers numerous undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs with more than 38 majors and 45 minors available. Many of the programs are available online. Two programs that stand out that the school offers is their Master of Art or Master of Science degree in Potions and their Bachelor of Art program in Muggle Studies. Stonehill College’s motto (“Light and Hope”) is clearly a Hufflepuff House value-inspired motto.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 88.0%
Graduation Rate: 83.5%
Total Rate: 171.5/200

Stonehill College’s Motto: (Latin) Lux Et Spes
Motto Translated to English: “Light and Hope”

Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane UniversityLocated in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane University is a private, not-for-profit research university which was originally established in the year 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana and was established in part due to partly as a response to the fears of smallpox, yellow fever and cholera outbreaks in the United States at the time. Tulane University is a member institution of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which is an international organization consisting of leading research universities who are devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and quality education and which has 60 member institutions located within the United States. Tulane offers a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and many professional certification programs to enrolled students to choose from. Tulane University’s motto of “Not for One’s Self, but for One’s Own” is evocative of the traits that many Hufflepuffs exhibit.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 92.0%
Graduation Rate: 79.8%
Total Rate: 171.8/200

Tulane University’s Motto: (Latin) Non Sibi Sed Suis
Motto Translated to English: “Not for One’s Self, but for One’s Own”

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

Pepperdine UniversityAs a private, not-for-profit Churches of Christ-affiliated research university which is located in Malibu, California, Pepperdine University offers to its students—both on-campus and online—a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certification programs. The university was originally established in 1937 by George Pepperdine, an entrepreneur, and Christian philanthropist, and was then located in Los Angeles, California with a starting class size of 167 students. Pepperdine University’s school motto (“Freely You Have Received; Freely Give”) is why the school fits in so well as a Hufflepuff House school. Exhibiting the values of being a philanthropist and giving back to one’s community are some of the things that Hufflepuff students do so well, causing them to stand out from the other three Hogwarts’ Houses.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 93.0%
Graduation Rate: 82.3%
Total Rate: 175.3/200

Pepperdine University’s Motto: (English) “Freely You Have Received; Freely Give”

Pennsylvania State University

State College, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvania State University, which is commonly referred to as Penn State or simply as PSU, is a public land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and sun-grant research university which is located in State College, Pennsylvania and which was originally established in 1855. Penn State offers a multitude of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for students to choose from. One of the more than 125 programs available through Penn State’s online school is a Bachelor of Science (and even a certification program) in Turfgrass Science, which upon program completion will ensure students will have the skills necessary to apply with the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Games and Sports, specifically with the British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters as a groundskeeper.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 93.0%
Graduation Rate: 85.5%
Total Rate: 178.5/200

Pennsylvania State University’s Motto: (English) “Making Life Better”

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts
Smith CollegeSmith College is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college which is located in Northampton, Massachusetts, originally established in the year of 1871. The school officially opened in 1875 with a starting class size of fourteen students and an original faculty size of six employees, at the bequest of Sophia Smith, a Hatfield and Massachusetts native who inherited her wealthy farmer father’s money upon his death in 1861. Smith College was originally a women’s only school, but today offers coeducational undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to both traditional brick-and-mortar students and distance learning students. Smith College offers a Master’s degree program in Social Work, which will provide students with the skills necessary to apply with the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes for a position in the Muggle Liaison Office, allowing them to enrich and protect the lives of those in the local Muggle communities.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 93.0%
Graduation Rate: 86.5%
Total Rate: 179.5/200

Smith College’s Motto: (Greek) Ἐν τῇ ἀρετῇ τὴν γνῶσιν
Motto Translated to English: “In Virtue, Knowledge”

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest UniversityWake Forest University is a private, not-for-profit research university which is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and which was originally established in the year 1834 as the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute. Wake Forest University, which is commonly referred to simply as WFU, proudly boasts the school motto “For Humanity” which is a great motto for any Hufflepuff House school to have; being concerned with humanitarian efforts and values are perfectly in line with the traits of Hufflepuff House. WFU has a nice selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for students to choose from, including a variety of online coursework that is available in an asynchronous format.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 94.0%
Graduation Rate: 87.4%
Total Rate: 181.4/200

Wake Forest University’s Motto: (Latin) Pro Humanitate
Motto Translated to English: “For Humanity”

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of PennsylvaniaThe University of Pennsylvania—which is commonly referred to simply as UPenn—is a private, Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This school was originally established in 1740, making it one of the 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and also one of the nine original Colonial Colleges in the United States. UPenn has a myriad of high-quality undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available for students to choose from (both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students) making the school highly flexible. The online programs are dynamic and easily accessible, allowing busy students to be able to obtain a very respectable degree on their own time, without even having to apply at the Ministry of Magic for a Time-Turner to do so.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 98.0%
Graduation Rate: 95.6%
Total Rate: 193.6/200

University of Pennsylvania’s Motto: (Latin) Leges Sine Moribus Vanae
Motto Translated to English: “Laws Without Morals are Useless”

“You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil!”
—The Sorting Hat’s 1991 Houses Song

Hufflepuff’s Final Score: 2,353.2

Hogwarts House: Slytherin

slytherin“You could be great, you know, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that.”
—The Sorting Hat to Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Slytherin House, which was created by Salazar Slytherin, attracts an unfair amount of negativity and hatred from the other three school houses stemming from the misconception that all Slytherin students are bad apples. While there are some bad apples in Slytherin, the same applies to every other group of people. The average individual in Slytherin is just someone that exemplifies the personal characteristics that were so important to its founder; being cunning, being achievement-oriented, having a certain shrewdness about them and possessing the skills needed to be robust and efficient leaders. These traits go a long way in helping the members of Slytherin House to become individuals that are not only successful in their educational careers but in their professional careers as well.

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville Technical CollegeGreenville Technical College is a public polytechnic college which is located in Greenville, South Carolina, and which was originally established in the year 1960 and officially began operating in 1962. Greenville Tech College, which is commonly referred to simply as Greenville Tech, also operates satellite locations in Taylors, South Carolina; Simpsonville, South Carolina; and two additional Greenville, South Carolina campuses. Greenville Tech has a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available for students to choose from; some of the available programs are also available in an online and asynchronous format for the school’s distance learning students. One of the available online programs available is an Associate of Art or an Associate of Science in Muggle Art, which will put students on the right track to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Muggle Art later on.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 49.0%
Graduation Rate: 13.6%
Total Rate: 62.6/200

Greenville Technical College’s Motto: (Latin) Clavis Ad Futura
Motto Translated to English: “Keys to the Future”

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University, which is commonly referred to as Texas Southern or simply as TSU, is a public HBCU research university which is located in Houston, Texas and which was originally established in 1927. Today, Texas Southern is one of the largest and most comprehensive HBCUs in the nations and is additionally a member institution of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Texas Southern offers to its traditional brick-and-mortar students and its distance learning students a broad selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs. A standout among them is the school’s online and globally-focused Master’s degree program in Wizarding Business Administration, which will provide students with the skills necessary to apply to the Ministry of Magic’s Department of International Magical Cooperation’s International Magical Trading Standards Body division.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 54.0%
Graduation Rate: 16.2%
Total Rate: 70.2/200

Greensboro College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro CollegeGreensboro College is a private, not-for-profit Methodist-affiliated liberal arts college which is located in Greensboro, North Carolina, and which was originally established in the year 1838. Greensboro College was originally a women’s only college—making it one of the oldest women’s only schools in the nation—but became a coeducational school in the late 1950’s. Greensboro has a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs and professional certifications available for students to choose from; many of which are available in an online and asynchronous format. One such program is the school’s Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree program in Muggle Studies, and another that’s available is a B.A. or B.S. in Defense Against the Dark Arts, which is perfect for those individuals wishing to pursue a career in the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Law Enforcement Auror Office.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 56.0%
Graduation Rate: 33.7%
Total Rate: 89.7/200

Greensboro College’s Motto: (Latin) Palma Non Sine Pulvere
Motto Translated to English: “No Reward Without Effort”

University of Alaska—Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

University of Alaska—FairbanksWith a school motto of “To the Top,” the University of Alaska—Fairbanks is an excellent choice for a Slytherin House school. The University of Alaska—Fairbanks, which is commonly referred to simply as UAF, is a public land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and sun-grant research university located in Fairbanks, Alaska and which was originally established in 1917. The University is home to seven important research units, which are: the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Institute of Marine Science and the Institute of Northern Engineering. UAF offers to its students a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs, and professional certifications programs, all of which are of a very high caliber and are all reputable academic programs, providing students with all of the skills and information necessary to become successful in their chosen careers.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 76.0%
Graduation Rate: 31.6%
Total Rate: 107.6/200

University of Alaska—Fairbanks’ Motto: (Latin) Ad Summum
Motto Translated to English: “To the Top”

Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cardinal Stritch UniversityCardinal Stritch University is a private, not-for-profit Roman Catholic-affiliated liberal arts university which is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and which was originally established in the year 1937 as St. Clare College. In 1946, the college was renamed Cardinal Stritch College in honor of Cardinal Samuel Stritch of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The school changed names again in 1997 to its current-day name. Cardinal Stritch University, which is commonly referred to as Stritch, offers many undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for its students. This is including an online Master’s degree program in Wizarding Business Administration, which is a sensible choice for those wishing to pursue a career in the International Magical Trading Standards Body of the Ministry of Magic’s Department of International Magical Cooperation.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 72.0%
Graduation Rate: 44.5%
Total Rate: 116.5/200

Cardinal Stritch University’s Motto: (Latin) Ut Probetis Potiora
Motto Translated to English: “To Value the Better Things”

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

University of MemphisAs a public research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, the University of Memphis—which is commonly referred to as The UofM—provides students with a host of choices for undergraduate programs, graduate programs and professional certification programs. The UofM was established in 1912 as the West Tennessee State Normal School. Some of the programs available online to distance learning students includes: a B.A. in Muggle Studies, a B.A. in History of Magic and a B.A. in Wizarding World Journalism, which can easily lead to a job at the Daily Prophet (just keep away from Rita Skeeter or any beetles that look suspiciously as if they are eavesdropping) or a job at The Quibbler (just watch out for Wrackspurts, Blibbering Humdingerands and Crumple-Horned Snorkacks).

Freshmen Retention Rate: 78.0%
Graduation Rate: 43.6%
Total Rate: 121.6/200

University of Memphis’s Motto: (English) “Driven by Doing”

Montana State University—Billings

Billings, Montana

Montana State University—BillingsMontana State University—Billings is a public research university located in Billings, Montana and which was originally established in the year 1927. The school’s motto (“Access and Excellence”) made it be a natural choice for a Slytherin House member due to the tendency of House members to strive for both access and excellence in their lives. This Slytherin House member-school offers its students a wide selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to choose from. The school, which is commonly referred to simply as MSUB, offers an online and fully asynchronous Bachelor of Science degree program for Magical Theory and an online and asynchronous Associate of Applied Science in Wizarding Accounting, which will help you to get on track to a job at the world-renown Gringotts Wizarding Bank; just don’t mind your co-workers, the goblins, as they are always kinda grumpy.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 76.0%
Graduation Rate: 49.5%
Total Rate: 125.5/200

Montana State University—Billings’ Motto: (English) “Access and Excellence”

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas

Kansas State UniversityKansas State University, which is commonly referred to simply as K-State, is a public land-grant and space-grant research university which is located in Manhattan, Kansas, and which was originally established in the year 1863 as the Kansas State Agricultural College under the Morrill Act. Kansas State University has a wide selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs available for both traditional on-campus students and distance learning students to choose from. Some examples of the available online academic programs that K-State offers are: their graduate certificate program in Herbology (unfortunately not taught by either Professor Pomona Sprout or by Professor Neville Longbottom) and their online certification program for Magical Transportation, which makes for an excellent choice for those interested in a career with the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Transportation.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 83.0%
Graduation Rate: 59.0%
Total Rate: 142.0/200

Kansas State University’s Motto: (English) “Rule by Obeying Nature’s Laws”

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University, which is often referred to as Texas Tech or simply as TTU, is a public research university which is located in Lubbock, Texas, and which was originally established in the year 1923 as the Texas Technological College. TTU is the sixth-largest university in the state of Texas based on student enrollment size, and the school is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with a Highest Research Activity rating (RU/HRA). The school has a varied selection of undergraduate programs, graduate programs and certification programs available from which students can choose. TTU offers an online Bachelor’s degree program in Magical Theory and an online certification program in Arithmancy, which happens to be a Professor Septima Vector-approved course.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 83.0%
Graduation Rate: 59.1%
Total Rate: 142.1/200

Texas Tech University’s Motto: (English) “From Here, it’s Possible”

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

University of KentuckyThe University of Kentucky is a public land-grant research university which is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and which was originally established in the year 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky and was created by John Bryan Bowman—a lawyer and educator—with funds that he received from the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. The University of Kentucky, or UKY, has a myriad of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for on-campus and distance learning students. They have an online M.S. program for Wizarding Library Science, which would provide you with the skills needed to give Madam Irma Pince a run for her money as a librarian. Obtaining any of the excellent degrees offered by UKY will be as if Engorgio was cast on your monthly income—causing it to increase in size—due to having access to better career opportunities.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 82.0%
Graduation Rate: 61.6%
Total Rate: 143.6/200

University of Kentucky’s Motto: (English) “Dream, Challenge, Succeed”

California State University—Chico

Chico, California

California State University—ChicoWith a school like California State University—Chico ( or just CSU Chico) around, there’s no need to learn how to cast a Patronus Charm because reputable schools such as this one are more than capable of helping to drive away negative influences in their student’s lives; and this does not exclude the soulless and foul Dementors. The school bolsters its students by providing them with a solid foundation on which they can build a better life. CSU Chico is located in Chico, California, and is a public research university which was originally established in 1887 as the Northern Branch State Normal School of California. The University offers a selection of undergraduate, graduate and certification programs for students to choose from, including an online M.S. program in Nursing for Witches and Wizards, which will prepare you for a career at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 86.0%
Graduation Rate: 57.7%
Total Rate: 143.7/200

California State University—Chico’s Motto: (English) “Today Decides Tomorrow”

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey

Montclair State UniversityMontclair State University is a public doctoral research university which is located in Montclair, New Jersey and which was originally established in 1908. Montclair’s school motto (“Seize the Day”) is the perfect motto for a Slytherin House member. In addition to being a perfect fit in Slytherin House, Montclair State University offers both their on-campus students and their distance learning students a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree granting programs and professional certification programs to choose from. In their selection, there is an online Master’s degree program in Wizarding Business Administration, which will enable students—upon program completion—to pursue a career with the Ministry of Magic’s Department of International Magical Cooperation in the International Magical Trading Standards Body division.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 81.0%
Graduation Rate: 63.6%
Total Rate: 144.6/200

Montclair State University’s Motto: (Latin) Carpe Diem
Motto Translated to English: “Seize the Day”

Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

Miami UniversityMiami University, which is located in Oxford, Ohio, is a public research university which was originally established in the year 1809. Miami University (commonly referred to as Miami of Ohio or simply as Miami U) offers to its on-campus students and distance learning students a variety of undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs to choose from. Some available programs are the university’s online Master of Science degree program for Defense Against the Dark Arts and their Bachelor of Science Nursing for Witches and Wizards program. Miami University’s academic programs are so great that completion of one of the many that are available will have the effect of casting Avada Kedavra on any career growth hindrances. But don’t worry, you’re not actually casting Avada Kedavra though, so it’s not illegal.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 90%
Graduation Rate: 79.9%
Total Rate: 169.9/200

Miami University’s Motto: (Latin) Prodesse Quam Conspici
Motto Translated to English: “To Accomplish Rather Than To Be Conspicuous”

New York University

New York, New York

New York UniversityNew York University (commonly referred to simply as NYU) is a private, not-for-profit research university which is located in New York City, New York, and originally established in the year 1831. NYU’s school motto of “To Persevere and to Excel” is highly evocative of the outlook on life that many Slytherin House members hold. NYU offers a wide selection of undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and certification programs, both at each of the university’s 20 schools, colleges and institutions and online. One of the many online programs that are available through New York University is the school’s Master of Science degree program in Study of Ancient Runes which will, upon program completion, provide students with a firm foundation in translating one language into another.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 92.0%
Graduation Rate: 83.2%
Total Rate: 175.2/200

New York University’s Motto: (Latin) Perstare Et Praestare
Motto Translated to English: “To Persevere and to Excel”

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston CollegeBoston College (which is commonly referred to simply as BC) is a private, not-for-profit and Jesuit-affiliated research college located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and which was originally established in the year 1863 by Benedict Joseph Fenwick, S.J., who was the second Bishop of Boston. Boston College has an appealing selection of undergraduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs for students to choose from, both on-campus students and distance learning students. One such available program is Boston College’s online certification program in Muggle Youth Studies. Boston College’s school motto (“Ever to Excel”) is a common Slytherin House goal, making the school a perfect candidate for being sorted into the Slytherin House as a member-school.

Freshmen Retention Rate: 96.0%
Graduation Rate: 91.3%
Total Rate: 187.3/200

Boston College’s Motto: (Greek) Αιεν αριστευειν
Motto Translated to English: “Ever to Excel”

“Yes, you were particularly difficult to place. But I stand by what I said last year: You would have done well in Slytherin.”
—The Sorting Hat to Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Slytherin’s Final Score: 1,942.1

Winner of the Hogwarts’ House Cup

Hufflepuff House and the University of Pennsylvania

University of PennsylvaniaHufflepuff House has won the Hogwarts’ House Cup with a total of 2,353.2 out of 3,000 points which were achieved due, in large part, to the University of Pennsylvania and their highly desirable final rating which was achieved through the combination of its astounding freshmen retention rate (at 98.0%!) and its excellent graduation rate (at 95.6%!) which gave the school a final score of 193.6 out of a total of 200 possible points. Congratulations to the University of Pennsylvania and the rest of the Hufflepuff House schools, who deserve this win because of their commitment to providing a high-quality education to their respective students!

Our ultimate goal of writing this Top 60 ranking was because we wanted to act for you as a distinctive magical mirror that you have probably heard of:

“Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi.”
—The Mirror of Erised, as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

And, assuming what your heart desired was to find a top-notch school which offers exceptional online degree programs, we hope that we have accomplished our goal of acting as a substitute Mirror of Erised when we cast Lumos Maxima at the top of this ranking and used our wand’s light to show off the strengths of each of the 60 schools, and particularly the strengths of Hufflepuff House extraordinaire; the University of Pennsylvania, a school that absolutely deserves your considerations for a school to attend. We hope you found this ranking to be both enjoyable and informative. Thank you for reading, and now that our work here is done:

Mischief managed.

Top 60 Schools Sorted into Hogwarts' Houses