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Here are the Top 10 Universities, According to U.S. News

Love ’em or hate ’em the annual U.S. Rankings of the country’s universities have been revealed. Though many accuse the rankings of being an outdated system where the same schools always rise to the top, they can be an interesting way to compare some of the many institutions of higher education in the country.


Though you really can’t narrow the college experience down to a few measurable data points, the people behind the U.S. News rankings try their best to determine what combination of factors creates the nation’s top schools. Factors considered include student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates.

Based on those factors and more, here are the top 10 American universities for 2015.

10. California Institute of Technology
Tuition and fees (2014-2015): $43,362
Enrollment: 977
The student-to-faculty ratio at the California Institute of Technology is 3:1. Its students are actively involved in research projects with NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Top College Choices That Aren’t Ivies

You’ve taken the necessary tests and sent in your applications. Now you wait. College applications season is a stressful one, but there may be nothing more stressful than waiting to hear back from your top choices. For those out there who set their sights on an Ivy League school, waiting can be extra worrisome.

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If you’re worried about getting into an Ivy or already know you didn’t, why not check out some other colleges and universities that are just as great and have a higher acceptance rate? Ivies aren’t the only schools out there, and these 10 schools, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges: Beyond the Ivies, are just as academically outstanding.

Amherst College
This private liberal arts school may be small, it enrolled 1,785 students in 2013, but it’s one of the top-ranked schools in the country. It’s also exclusively undergraduate.

Duke University
Duke is a private research university located in North Carolina. Not only does it have excellent academics, but I’m sure you’re familiar with Duke’s athletic reputation as well.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT is known for its prowess in the fields of physical sciences and engineering. It may be as difficult to get into as an Ivy, but if you want to major in the sciences, it’s certainly worth some consideration.

Pomona College
Located in Southern California, Pomona College is a liberal arts school that focuses on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Stanford University
A leading research and teaching university, Stanford is another well-known California school. Not only does it feature great academics, but it has one of the most unique college mascots: a tree.

Swarthmore College
This unique college focuses on liberal arts and engineering curriculum. It also has a noted Honor’s Program and strives to integrate ethical and social responsibility into all programs.

University of Chicago
This is a private research university in the heart of one of the Midwest’s biggest cities. Its location offers many cultural benefits and allows for a different educational experience than you might get in a traditional college town.

Wellesley College
Noted as the top liberal arts college for women, Wellesley may be a school you’ve not heard of, but it’s definitely one you should consider.

Wesleyan College
The second women’s-only college on the list is Wesleyan. Another private liberal arts college, Wesleyan recently added the option for students to take an additional class over winter break so they could experience a class that may be higher in demand during the semester.

Williams College
A four-year liberal arts college, Williams offers more than 30 majors in 24 different departments. It also is the number one liberal arts college in the United States according to a recent ranking.

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Meet MIT’s New President, L. Rafael Reif

On July 2, 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will bid farewell to its current president, Susan Hockfield, and hello to a familiar face in a new office. L. Rafael Reif has served as the provost of MIT for the past seven years, and as it was just recently announced, he will be taking over Hockfield’s position as president starting this summer.

Who is Reif? Reif was born in Venezuela. Of his childhood, he has said that he “grew up in a home wealthy in integrity and principles and values, but poor in everything material.” He graduated from the Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela in 1973, where he studied electrical engineering. He then moved to the U.S. where he earned a doctorate in the same field from Stanford University. Read the rest of this entry »

Kofi Annan’s Education Background

Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat who also served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations for nine years. He is well known and respected for founding the Global AIDS and Health Fund to help developing countries care for their citizens and he received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for his efforts. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this inspiring man.

Annan was born on April 8, 1938 in a small town in the Gold Coast section of Ghana. He had a twin sister, Eufa, who died in 1991. Twins in Ghana are very highly respected. Annan’s family was considered to be an elite family because they had tribal chiefs as ancestors.

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MIT Gets a $1.4 Billion Dollar Makeover

MIT One of the most famous educational institutions in America, known for its prestigious degree programs and alumni and research projects, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) epitomizes intelligence and innovation.

However, the 160-acre campus, which boasted over 4,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students last year, does not reflect the stature of its reputation- at least in the opinion of its board of trustees. Thus, MIT is getting a $1.4 billion makeover.

“The physical campus was not keeping pace with the leading-edge research of our scientists and engineers,” Susan Hockfield, MIT President, told the NY Times. Read the rest of this entry »

Robots to Teach Children with Developmental Problems

Remember the Jetsons? The futuristic-cartoon sitcom, complete with a robot maid and flying car, was supposed to take place in the year 2062. It’s only 2010, and while we haven’t totally caught up with the whole flying-car thing, The University of Southern California is testing a robot that can teach.rosie jetsons

These teaching robots stand three feet tall and can maintain eye contact with its student. This recent technology has been proven to be most successful in children with developmental problems. Currently, it can only teach simple skills like vocabulary and household tasks.

Right now, these robots have mostly been used in experimental settings, and they’re directed by artificial intelligence software including speech recognition and motion tracking.

These “teacher’s aids” seem to be best used in settings that require the most repetition like foreign language or for teaching autistic children. Read the rest of this entry »

Pets Allowed in College Dormitories

young girl with dogSearcy Hall, nicknamed the pet central dormitory on Stephens College campus will be home to 30 incoming freshmen who have requested to bring along a pet to campus when they arrive this fall to begin classes.

The dorm will feature a makeshift kennel on the first floor that will be fully staffed by work-study students who will offer temporary boarding and maybe even pet baths to keep all the Fidos and Rovers clean.

There is even a pet council at the college, comprised of students and faculty members that enforce strict guidelines. Students may get into trouble with the board if their pets’ barks are too loud. In addition, students are not allowed to bring their pets into classrooms or lounges in case students nearby have allergies.

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Harvard Student Fakes His Way Into College

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Seemingly motivated and on-track for a bright future, 23-year-old Harvard student Adam Wheeler appeared to be the ideal candidate for all of the scholarships, grants and internships he had applied to and received.

But when Wheeler applied for the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships in September of 2009, the professor reviewing the materials noticed his work appeared to be plagiarized. The professor alerted officials and they began an investigation, which found that Wheeler had not only falsified transcripts and other documents, but also had submitted perfect but fake SAT scores that contributed to his initial acceptance to Harvard.

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