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Forbes Announces Top Colleges: Does Your Pick Make the List?

I still remember being a restless high school senior waiting to cut my ties and finally make it to college. My sister had chosen a community college for her freshman-sophomore experience just three years before me, and since I followed in her footsteps in most areas I naturally considered taking the same route.

So on a hot day in mid-May back in 2004, my mom and I made the journey just one hour south of Wichita, Kansas, to check out the college that would soon be my new home. While my stay there was short – just two years until I could snag my associates degree – it was memorable. And the following two years spent at Wichita State University securing my bachelor’s degree were even more enjoyable than the first.

When I was looking for schools, my top priorities were proximity, price and degree offerings, among other minor considerations. Out-of-state universities weren’t an option for me as tuition would’ve been outrageous. And along the consideration of price, I also wanted a school that could offer me a scholarship.

Earlier this month, Forbes announced its list of top 650 colleges in America. Among its highest-ranking universities were Princeton, Williams College and Stanford, with Johnson & Wales and Texas Southern University snagging the last spots in 649th and 650th place.

While some have criticized the methods Forbes and other news sources, including US News and Newsweek, use to determine their respective rankings, there’s really no one, tried and true way to determine which colleges are superior. Because the truth is, everyone has their own opinion about what makes one college better than another. Read the rest of this entry »

Comedians With Ivy League Degrees Prove Smart and Funny Go Hand-in-Hand

Hollywood is ripe with eclectic celebrities, a majority of whom reach stardom before they ever think about entering college. Perhaps to them, the fame and fortune is greater than a college degree. But there are some celebrities who go to college before diving head first into acting careers, including a surprising number of big name comedians.

Conan O’Brien received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1985, majoring in history and literature. He even graduated with honors and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon – a humor magazine at the university. Conan’s writing skills came in handy when he became a staff writer at Saturday Night Live, where he would occasionally appear on skits. Eventually, he started hosting his own television show, ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien,’ which he’s most well known for now. Taking a look at Conan’s resume, it’s not hard to see that this funny man is a smart one, too.

John Krasinski, known for his witty character on NBC’s sitcom “The Office,” attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During his time there, Krasinski studied theatre arts where he was also part of a sketch comedy group. Around that time he landed an internship with the above-mentioned funny man on ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien.’ In addition to an Ivy League college education, Krasinski also taught English in Costa Rica before attending school, which proves he has much more to offer than just his funny quips and good looks. Read the rest of this entry »

Yale Quarterback Chooses Football Over Scholarship

Rhodes ScholarshipBy Cabrone D. Brewer

In a dramatic display of the importance of what is simply referred to as “The Game,” Yale Senior quarterback Patrick Witt has decided to withdraw his Rhodes Scholarship application in order to participate in the upcoming Harvard vs. Yale matchup this Saturday.

Despite being a finalist for the prestigious international post-graduate award for study at the University of Oxford, Witt informed the Rhodes committee that he would not be able to attend the scholarship interview on November 19 because of a conflict with the 128th installment of one of the greatest rivalries in college football history.

“I will be playing in the Yale-Harvard game this Saturday. I have withdrawn my application for the Rhodes Scholarship. My focus this week is solely on preparing for the Game alongside my teammates and coaches,’’ Witt said in a public statement released by Yale.

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Top 10 Colleges and Universities from U.S. for 2012 News

U.S. News College Rankings IconEach year, U.S. News releases rankings of the top universities around the country. Although many education experts question the value of college rankings, most schools use these rankings a marketing tool. The list of best colleges is almost unvaryingly topped with Ivy League institutions, followed by highly competitive technical universities, such as MIT and CalTech. The rankings are determined by a number of criteria, including student matriculation rate, class size and the average ACT/SAT score of the student body.

This year, California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology both rose from the 2011 rankings, in an odd tie between five universities for the fifth position.

Here are the top 10 Colleges, according to U.S. News:

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Expelled College Students That Made it Big

Don’t feel bad for the  expelled college students on this list. Sure, they may not have a degree, but that didn’t stop them from having successful careers.

Harrison Ford: It wasn’t until three days before graduation that this Hollywood hunk got expelled from Ripon College in Wisconsin. He failed philosophy his senior year, got into acting, and the rest is history. The Indiana Jones star’s films now gross $6 billion worldwide.

Ted Kennedy: It seems his scandals go all the way back to his college days. He was forced to leave Harvard University after he paid a fellow classmate to help him cheat. As the youngest Kennedy, he died in 2009, and was one of the longest-serving senators in United States’ history.

Samuel L. Jackson: He was expelled from Morehouse College in Atlanta after he was involved in a black power protest, which locked the board of trustees members in a building for two days.  Jackson got his big break in 1991 with the movie Jungle Fever and is now one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood.

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Amy Poehler Gives Funny, Wise Speech to Harvard Grads [VIDEO]

Graduates of Harvard University were all in tears on Monday, but probably not for reasons that you’d expect. Parks and Recreation lead, Amy Poehler, delivered a graduation speech for 2011’s class, and her hilarious anecdotes left her audience crying with laughter.

The comedian and actress, who got her start on SNL, had this opening line for her speech:

“Friends, Romans, country men, lend me your beers.”

She also reminisced about the times she had in college.

“I tried to write today’s speech the way I wrote everything in college: I stayed up all night, typing on a Canon word processor while listening to Sir Mix A Lot,” she admitted.

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Mira Sorvino’s Education Background

Mira Sorvino is an American actress who is possibly best known for her role in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Mighty Aphrodite. EDUinReview will now take a look at her education background.

Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967, in Tenafly, New Jersey. Her parents are Lorraine and Paul Sorvino; she also has two siblings, Michael and Amanda. Sorvino’s father was an actor and director but he did not want his children to follow in his footsteps. However, Mira had her own ideas and started acting as a young child in neighborhood plays with her friends. In high school at Dwight-Englewood School, she also acted in many theater productions. After high school, Sorvino studied East Asian Studies and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. Also while at Harvard, Sorvino also co-founded the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, a co-ed a cappella singing group.

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Reese Witherspoon’s Education Background

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress who is better known as Reese Witherspoon. She first became a household name in 2001 when she showed us that blondes can have fun and graduate from Harvard Law School in Legally Blonde. The next year she portrayed America’s sweetheart in Sweet Home Alabama. Since then, she has been nominated for and won many awards for her work. Her next movie to hit the big screen will be Water for Elephants, in which she co-stars with Robert Pattinson. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this beautiful actress.

Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, John Witherspoon, is a Tulane University-education doctor and her mother teaches nursing at Vanderbilt University. When Reese was only seven-years old, she appeared in television ads for a local florist; the gig inspired a desire in her to act. However, Reese remained focused on her education and earned good grades in school. She really enjoyed reading and has called herself a “big dork” for being such a bookworm.

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Rebecca Black Should Spend Her “Friday” at a Music School

Rebecca Black, music artist?

When I first heard Rebecca Black’s cult favorite song, Friday, on my favorite radio station last weekend, I was slightly confused: “Is this a real song? OMG! It is. Wow… Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.”

Her hit definitely has some catchy lyrics, such as “Yesterday was Thursday, today it is Friday…Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards.” However, when I first heard this song, I wondered who had accidentally put her song on auto-tune-steroids. Rebecca could have a future as a hit pop sensation, but maybe she should check out some of these famous music schools before she launches her next song on YouTube.

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Harvard Study: Students are Unprepared for Job Market

Students are not ready to take on their chosen career paths when they graduate from college, a Harvard study finds.  Published on Wednesday, the two-year study finds that the one-size-fits-all education system is leaving students either jobless or unprepared for a job.

Pathways to Prosperity Project, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, encourages U.S. schools to become more like Europe’s.  European students can expect their educational experience to focus on occupational training, rather than general education studies.

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