What makes students happy? Plentiful sunshine? The tamping down of existential crises the minute they manifest? A normal dating culture? All or none of the above? We don't know because happiness is a mystery.

The Princeton Review recently ranked the happiest colleges. Yes, a lot of them are in California. What of it? The east coast has its own charms.

Check out our slide show of the happiest colleges. Then tell us, when were you the happiest? Weigh in below!

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  • Rice University

  • Bowdoin College

  • UCSB

  • Clemson University

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Claremont McKenna College

  • Thomas Aquinas College

  • Kansas State University

  • University of Southern California

  • Pomona College