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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 Though many accuse the rankings of being an outdated system where the same schools always rise to the top, they can be an interesting way to compare some of the many institutions of higher education in the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.

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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.

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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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The 5 Largest Charitable Donations Ever Made to American Universities

A private liberal arts school in rural Kentucky called Centre College has announced a $250 million donation from the Brockman Charitable Trust. Centre College has an enrollment of just over 1,000 students and the gift puts them in the top 20 worldwide for the all-time biggest charitable donations made to a university. While there’s nothing better than a quarter billion dollars to put your university on the map,—go Praying Colonels!— it’s only chump change compared to the charity that more well-known colleges receive. We’ve compiled a list of the five largest donations to American universities; how they came about, who gave them, and how they shaped the university.

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5. Johns Hopkins University, $350 million from Michael R. Bloomberg

When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $350 million to his alma mater earlier this year, his total lifelong donation to the university topped the $1 billion mark. His most recent donation will create cross-disciplinary programs and fund faculty appointments. The rest of the $35o million will help award 2,600 scholarships over the next 10 years.

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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 »



Michelle Wie’s Education Background

Golfer Michelle WieMichelle Sung Wie was born on October 11, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father is a former professor of transportation management at the University of Hawaii. Wie’s mother was South Korea’s women’s amateur golf champion in 1985.

Wie graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii in June, 2007.  In September 2007 Wie began attending Stanford University. Wie went pro in 2005, making her ineligible to play for Stanford’s golf team according to NCAA rules. Due to Wie’s golf schedule, she takes many leaves of absence during the academic year to play golf. Wie’s golf career began at a very young age. She started playing at age four. In the year 2000, when Wie was only ten, she became the youngest player ever to qualify for the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

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Piazza Takes Study Groups into the Digital Age

Pooja Nath was one of the few women to study engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in India. Since most of her classmates were males, Nath had a hard time finding people to study with.

“Back then, no one owned a laptop, there was no Internet in the dorm rooms,” said Nath. “So everyone in my class would be working in the computer lab together. But all the guys would be communicating with each other, getting help so fast, and I would be on the sidelines just watching.”

This difficult experience during her undergraduate studies prompted Nath to create a website called Piazza. Nath created Piazza in 2009 when she was studying at Stanford Graduate School of Business as a way for students to get help with their studies, even if they can’t find a study group that works for them.

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Mitt Romney’s Education Background

Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessman. He served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and is now a possible Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. His parents are George and Lenore Romney. Romney has three older siblings and one younger sibling. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and attended a private preparatory school called Cranbrook School from seventh grade through twelfth grade. During his senior year at Cranbook, he joined the cross country team. He met his future wife, Ann, during his senior year; the two agreed to get married at his graduation in 1965, but did not end up getting married until March 21, 1969.

Romney attended Stanford University for one year and then moved to France to serve as a Mormon missionary for 30 months. When he returned to the USA, Ann had started attending Brigham Young University and Romney decided to join her there. He graduated from BYU in 1971, where he studied English and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Then, at his father’s urging, Romney decided to pursue a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degree at Harvard. In 1975, he graduated cum laude from the school and was named a Baker Scholar for being in the top five percent of his class.

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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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Tiger Woods’ Education Background

Tiger Woods is one of the most successful professional golfers of all time. He is also known as a pioneer in bringing racial diversity to the sport.  Not only is he the youngest golfer to ever achieve the career Grand Slam, but he’s done this three times.

Born in Cypress, CA on Dec. 30 1975, Eldrick Tont Woods (nicknamed Tiger) was born into golf. His parents say he was playing with a putter before he could walk. At age two he putted against Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show. Tiger grew up in Orange County, CA, doing quite well in a variety of competitions and also appeared in Golf Digest and on ABC’s That’s Incredible. He first broke 80 when he was 8 years old.

Tiger Woods attended Western High School of Anaheim, CA. During this time he racked up a long list of wins and awards, including Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year, Golf World Player of the Year, and Golfweek National Amateur of the Year.  Tiger was also on the high school golf team. When he graduated in 1994 he was voted “most likely to succeed”.

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Oregon Blowout Highlights Week 5 of College Football Season

oregon ducksFive weeks into the college football season and for those of us holding out hope for a BCS-busting team, the picture got a little darker. Here were the highlights from the week:

1) Oregon runs past Boise Down 21-3 to Stanford in the first quarter is not a place many teams want to be, but the Oregon Ducks took the setback in stride, turned their high-octane offense up a notch, and blew past the ninth-ranked Cardinal 52-31. As a result, the Ducks moved up to third in the coaches poll, passing Boise State, which overwhelmed New Mexico State 59-0. Even as WAC mate Nevada continues to rise (#23) in the polls, Boise likely now needs a second unbeaten team to lose to make the national title game. Read the rest of this entry »





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