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The Top Up-and-Coming Schools in the USA

US News College Rankings LogoOf course, there are always going to be schools that are acknowledged as being the best of the best. Usually, they have a long, proud history of being distinguished as one of the greatest schools in the USA. Many of these schools have been around for a long time, like Yale and Harvard. However, there are some new kids on the block who might be able to give the old-timers a run for their money.

U.S. News recently announced their Top Schools in the USA. There were several subcategories this year, and one of these subcategories was the best up-and-coming schools, aka the new kids on the block. These schools were nominated by their peers because they are seen as making the most promising or innovative changes in areas such as student life, academics, and faculty.

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Viral Videos and the College Application Process

videoThe newest trend in the college application process is submitting your application virally. No, this does not mean coughing on the college admissions committee, but rather submitting a video explaining who you are and why you want to attend the school.

EDUinReview.com first brought this new trend to your attention in February, 2010. Several major universities are accepting these viral videos instead of the dreaded application essay.

Also see how you can incorporate memes into videos: Check out “Harnessing the viral power of memes. The rise of the “Super Memes” – Robert Derow

However, the trend is not catching on as quickly as some expected. At four of the schools that are offering this option – Tufts University, College of William and Mary, George Mason University, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland – only five to ten percent of students submitted a video instead or along with the standard college essay. Tufts University, for example, still requires that any applying student submit two written essays as part of the application process.

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