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$1.5 Million Tuition Bill for Houston Dad Marc Ostrofsky

Unique bonds are often formed between fathers and daughters. When it comes to college, dads will sometimes give an arm and a leg to give their daughters the best that money can buy. But dad, if you think that thousands of dollars is going to cut it, think again.

A Houston dad plans to spend $1.5 million in tuition so that his five daughters can experience higher education.

“We’re looking at roughly $60,000 to $70,000 per child per year,” said internet tycoon Marc Ostrofsky.

He spent last week traveling across the county to attend three of his daughters’ graduations. Kelly graduated from Duke and her twin, Shelly, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. The youngest, Mary Grace, graduated from high school in Houston and will attend Boston University in the fall.

Daughter Maddy graduated from Berklee School of Music last year, and Tracy attends the University of Denver. Read the rest of this entry »



The 10 Best College Towns and Cities

Boston SquareI loved going to college in Norman, Oklahoma. The city is definitely a college-town and I think it is one of the best places in the world to go to college. However, Unigo.com had a different opinion.

According to them, Boston is the best city in the USA for students to go to college. Why?

“Often, friends and I would go around the city to eat in Boston’s ‘little Italy’ the North End, or catch a Red Sox game, or go to a local bar and shoot pool,” said Rachel, a theater major at Boston University. “The benefit, for me, of going to college within a city was there never seemed to be a shortage of anything to do.”

That makes sense to me. Although BU does not have a traditional campus, there are more than 50 other colleges in Boston, so you can have that academic environment or enjoy living and studying amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

The next city that made the list is Charleston, South Carolina. This city is located close to a beach and is also a tourist hotspot.

“Charleston is a vacation destination for many people, so it is cool to live in a place other people are only lucky enough to visit,” said Andrea, a biology major at the College of Charleston.

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Digital Textbooks Are Rising in Popularity Among College Students

The Kno Digital TextbookIf you are buying all of your textbooks in the paper version, you are part of a dwindling group. According to Boston.com, digital versions of textbooks are a growing trend, fueled by the cheaper cost of digital books and the convenience of these educational tools.

“There’s been a boom in digital titles this year,” said Miguel Suarez, the general manager of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s campus bookstore. Suarez said that the percentage of textbooks that are available in the digital format has increased to 25 percent this year; it was only 10 percent last year.

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Deepak Chopra’s Education Background

Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra was born on October 22, 1946 in New Delhi, India. He is the son of Krishan Chopra, M.D. Krishan was a prominent Indian cardiologist. Chopra completed his primary education at St. Columba’s School in New Delhi and graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Chopra immigrated to the United States in 1968. He began his internship and residency training at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, New Jersey. Chopra had residency terms at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and at the University of Virginia Hospital. Chopra earned his medical license from the  state of Massachusetts in 1973. He also received a California medical license in 2004.

Chopra’s board certification is in internal medicine while he is specialized in endocrinology. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

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Jeopardy Winner to Use Prize Money for Student Loans

A Boston University student defeated her two opponents, one student from Yale University and another from Southern Adventist University, in the “Jeopardy! College Championship,” which aired last Saturday.

This is the first time a BU student has won the college championship, and Erin McLean, a sophomore, couldn’t be more elated. “I couldn’t even believe it,” she said in an interview.

Her victory got her a trophy, which she proudly displays on her desk and a $100,000 cash prize. She plans to use the cash to pay off her student loans. “I’ll be able to graduate debt free from BU, which is pretty amazing,” McLean said.

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NHL Draft: Where Are All the Prospects Going?

nhl draft logoThe first round of the NHL Draft was held Friday night, with winger Taylor Hall going first overall to the Edmonton Oilers.

Perhaps not surprisingly, only one current college player was drafted. Center Riley Sheahan of Notre Dame was drafted 21st overall by the Detroit Red Wings.

Of course, many players who are drafted into the NHL will go to college, with the team drafting them maintaining the rights to that player.

Here’s the colleges where players who were drafted committed to:

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Berkeley Students to Submit DNA for Genetic Testing

DNA markersNew freshmen headed to the University of California – Berkeley are being asked to send in, should they agree to it, a DNA sample on a cotton swab from inside their cheeks. The voluntary and confidential program for the class of 2014 will be the first mass genetic testing by a college or university.

The university is planning to analyze the samples for three genes that regulate the ability to metabolize alcohol, folates and lactose.

The study is trying to find out if the students with specific genetics are able to lead healthier lives by avoiding dairy products, drinking less or eating more vegetables.

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Rejection: Some Colleges Do It Better Than Others

Getting in to the college of your choice is harder than ever these days. Competition is stiff, and space is limited. Colleges have the difficult job of hand selecting their prospective freshman classes, and unfortunately have to reject thousands of talented and bright students. The result? A mass number of rejection letters, often hitting kids harder than a break-up.

College rejection letters

Rejected: photo via WSJ.com

“Even with impressive test scores and grades, abundant extracurricular activities, good recommendations and an admission essay into which ‘I poured myself heart and soul,’ Daniel Beresford, 18, netted 14 rejection letters from 17 applications.” Beresford was denied by Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and the University of Chicago. (He’s bound for one of his top choices, Pepperdine.)

Here are some of the cruelest and kindest rejection letters from colleges and universities. Read the rest of this entry »





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