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AMAZING!!! There is nothing to complain about in terms of dining options here as there are several on campus dining halls or alternative locations to go to. Most places allow for custom orders which allows you to eat as healthy or unhealthy as you choose (although I’m sure everybody will give into their desserts). – KB from Chicago
CU recently completed the construction of the Center for Community (C4C) which contains the largest dining hall on campus. The dining hall here contains several all-you-can-eat stations ranging from Persian cuisine, to Asian dishes, to a Burrito and Sushi Bar, to a full sandwich bar with accompanying Panini machines. – Pablo from Longmont, CO
This school wins awards every year for the food. It's incredible. As a junior, I'm going back on the meal plan. There's such a variety and its high-quality food. Sometimes, we have crab legs and recipes from home that your mothers can submit! – Sara from Alpharetta, GA
I eat almost every single meal on campus and love all of them. Fresh lobster, NY Strip steak, gourmet pasta, eggs Benedict, I can go on and on and on. It is unbelievable, and if you don't believe me, come try it yourself. – Joseph from Wexford, PA
#10 Iowa State University – Ames, IA
The dining centers at Iowa State are great. There are several dining halls spread around the entire campus, but they are each very unique and offer their own atmosphere and availability of food. It is an all you can eat type of dining center and there are many diverse foods available. If a student has a meal plan and a guest visiting Iowa State, they have a right to use a guest meal on them. Each student with a meal plan has 5 guest meals each semester and I thought this was very unique and innovative with dining centers.
Iowa State’s dining is one of the better I have seen among the colleges. Much of the produce is sourced from farms in Iowa and there are tons of choices. – Mackenzie from Centerville, MN
There are two main dining halls on campus & both are great at providing a variety of food options. From Salads, pasta, pizza, Chinese, burgers, deli sandwiches, & cereal, there are lots to choose from! On the west side of campus there is also a sports atmosphere type of restaurant where you can watch sports & use dining dollars or meal bundles to get food. This place is usually open late for those who miss the dining center. All of the food seems to be prepared well & not like something that just came out of the freezer. If you are looking for a job the dining centers have many positions open for hire! – Nathan from Kansas City, MO
#9 University of Missouri – Columbia, MO
AMAZING!!! There is nothing to complain about in terms of dining options here as there are several on campus dining halls or alternative locations to go to. Most places allow for custom orders which allows you to eat as healthy or unhealthy as you choose (although I’m sure everybody will give into their desserts). My only drawback is that the dining hall hours can sometimes conflict with your schedule but a couple Easy Macs here and there will solve that issue. – KB from Chicago
The dining halls can be addictive so be careful! You will get the freshmen 15 if you aren’t. There are about 6 dining halls to choose from in addition to random restaurants all over campus. The food is great. Most places will make all your food the way you like individually and give you lots of options. Late night Rollins is open until 1:00am every day and Subway on campus is 24hrs. You have a meal plan that you will select at the start of the semester. There are 4 to choose from. I chose the 3rd option and had more than enough food for the school year. – A.P.J.
The running joke on campus is that it is not the Freshman 15 but instead the Mizzou 22. Our food on campus is fantastic and there are always lots of options at all 4 of our dining halls. We also have an eastern Asian restaurant and a Mexican restaurant. There are little convenience stores where you can use your mean points to buy chips, yogurt, pizza and other to-go items. We even have a Late Night Americano order restaurant open for late night munchies. – Erica from Kansas City, MO
#8 University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
The Sewell and Libby dorms have really good food! Their chefs are known to be the best on campus and always coming up with yummy food that always appeal to hungry students. The Farrand grab-and-go has awesome burgers and a well-stocked market for last minute grocery necessities. The Center for Community (C4C) has every type of food you could ever imagine (Italian, Mexican, American, Asia, India, Japanese, etc.) that any student has access to with a meal plan. However, if you do not have a meal plan, there is food surrounding you anywhere you go in Boulder, whether its on The Hill, Pearl Street mall, Twenty-Ninth Street mall, or even the Flat Iron Mall to grab some Chick-Fil-A! Where ever you go, you will always be satisfied with the food. – Jessica from San Diego, CA
CU recently completed the construction of the Center for Community (C4C) which contains the largest dining hall on campus. The dining hall here contains several all-you-can-eat stations ranging from Persian cuisine, to Asian dishes, to a Burrito and Sushi Bar, to a full sandwich bar with accompanying Panini machines. Most of the food is local, and is prepared entirely on-site. Aside from the dining hall, the C4C also has its own bakery where fresh pastries and bread are made every day and two Grab-n-Go cafes that serve fresh-made sandwiches and personal pizzas. Moreover, CU accommodates all types of allergies–even gluten (and at no extra cost, too). – Pablo from Longmont, CO
#7 Florida International University – Miami, FL
Florida International University has an incredible amount of restaurants around campus and every year, our selection gets wider. It amazes me how in each building there are at least two or three dining areas with restaurants or juice bars for the students. The food is amazing. Not many people can complain. – Stephanie from Pembroke Pines, FL
FIU has more dining options than I have even been able to actually experience in my 2 years here; there are so many restaurants around campus that you will never get bored of eating at school. With the addition of the new, highly customizable meal plans, you can tailor it to fit your exact needs, which I found to be quite the money saver as I am constantly eating on campus between classes. – Nicholas from Melbourne, FL
FIU offers many places to eat on campus between the two campuses. On the north campus, there are many places to dine at like Moe’s Southwest Grill, Bistro Subs, Grille Works, etc. On the main campus, there are twenty plus places to dine at like Chick-fil-a, Burger King, Pollo Tropical, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Chili’s, etc. Also, there are places on campus where you can go to get a snack at 3 o’clock in the morning and they offer cookies that are super yummy and fresh out the oven at all times of the day. – Janai’
#6 Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI
Supposedly MSU has one of the best dining halls at a university. Which I could believe is true because I always see families eating at the Brody cafeteria WHICH happens to be the biggest dining hall in the nation. You’re able to eat what you want whenever you want! A lot of my friends who have moved off campus actually miss having the meal plan and being able to eat whenever they like, I suggest staying on campus for at least 2 years. – Rachel
There are tons of different cafeterias all over campus and all of them have different types of food stations. Some are better than others depending on what you’re in the mood for. Snyder Phillips is always great because culinary students work there and it’s been a favorite on campus for as long as I’ve been there. The Cafeteria in the Brody Neighborhood is brand new and amazing! There are classrooms and computer labs in it now and it has state of the art facilities and so many food options from sushi to burritos to comfort food to smoothies that you could never get tired of eating there. Besides on campus, there are tons of great restaurants off campus too! (Chains and great state originals!) – Miranda from Novi, MI
#5 University of Oklahoma – Norman, OK
Norman is the place to be when it comes to food and dining. Adjacent to the OU campus, we have an entire street allotted to different cuisines from around the world. Our student union building is also a great place to dine in. It is stacked with a variety of restaurants for the health conscious person and also restaurants for people on the other extreme. In addition to campus corner and the union, the dorms also contain many restaurants–especially for the late night snacker. – Toby from Oklahoma City, OK
There are so many options! Freshman 15? More like Freshman 50! There’s so much good food, you’ll never want to stop eating. Thankfully the school offers healthier alternatives–the salad bar is great! And the cafeteria style of some dining areas is a good way to make friends and maybe cram for a test. – Jelena from Oklahoma City, OK
The food is much better than on other campuses that I have visited. There is a cafeteria that is all-you-can-eat with options like chick-fil-a, Asian, Greek, Italian, and Mexican food and a desert bar. There’s a burger king, taco mayo, a breakfast place, and a sandwich place a short walk from the dorms and other options a bit farther away that include Starbucks. There are also plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. The food is overall surprisingly healthy, diverse, and good quality. – Sarmad from Worcester, MA
#4 Purdue University, Main Campus – West Lafayette, IN
The dining courts are absolutely fantastic. There are foods from all cultures, sating any palette, a buffet style dining court, and the hours satisfy any schedule. The staff is always friendly, and the dining courts are always kept clean. Crowding can be an issue, but the wait is worth it. If you feel you are out of time, there are On the Go spots to allow you to grab a quick bite to eat before continuing with your day. Purdue’s dining courts are top notch. – Christopher from Pekin, IN
The food at Purdue is great! There are 5 dining courts that each have a specialty in something and two restaurants that have delicious food even late into the night. There are many vegan and vegetarian options as well that are wonderful (and I’m not a vegan or vegetarian.) The dining courts also have tons of variety and a smartphone app that shows you the menu for each dining court so you can choose where you’d like to eat. On the Go is a good option for eating in a hurry as well. – Marissa
#3 University of Georgia – Athens, GA
This school wins awards every year for the food. It’s incredible. As a junior, I’m going back on the meal plan. There’s such a variety and its high-quality food. Sometimes, we have crab legs and recipes from home that your mothers can submit! – Sara from Alpharetta, GA
The food plan at the University of Georgia is nothing short of fantastic. Having visited other schools and eaten in their dining halls, I’ve come to appreciate the variety and quality of our dining halls. With one dining hall open 24 hours Monday – Thursday, they definitely give you a place to go to study, eat, and be merry at all times of the day or night. – Brianna from Woodstock, GA
Meal Plan. Hands down the best decision you will make. My two favorite places to grab a bite are The Village Summit and Oglethorpe (O’House). Every dining hall has something different to offer. Snelling is open 24 Monday starting at 7 am and closing Friday after dinner. Besides all that, anything you would go OUT to eat to get can be had at one of our dining halls. From subs and wraps to pizza (and boy is it good at Snelling) stir fry, Mexican, vegan delights, and so much more. They have everything you could look for… seriously. They even feature exceptional entree nights, where they cook amazing dishes at selected dining halls. Five Star meal is a crowd favorite, and on Sundays during brunch we have a chocolate fountain. You seriously don’t want to miss what they’ll serve up to you! – Sara from Mc Caysville, GA
#2 University of California – Los Angeles, CA
The food at UCLA is great! There is plenty of variety and is flexible for your cultural needs such as Ramadan. There are plenty of meal plans to choose from, like if you do not feel like eating one day or just not in the mood to eat what they are serving, you can save your meal for another day. Speaking of not liking what they serve you, how could you not with plenty of options and restaurants both on and off campus. – Ivan from Fontana, CA
UCLA provides its students with a large variety of food. There are regular dining halls such as De Neve and Covel, but there are also unique ones such as Feast, which serves Asian cuisine, and Hedrick, which serves healthy food. Bruin Café serves coffee, pastries, ice cream, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Rendezvous serves Mexican and Asian food. There is a different menu in the dining halls every day, and in other places, they have daily specials you can order. – Gabrielle from Elk Grove, CA
The food in the dining halls is one of my favorite aspects of UCLA. The last thing I ate was mango-salsa topped grilled salmon… seriously? And there is a huge range of choices so no matter what you like, there’s something for you. Oh yeah, and on Valentine’s Day they served a ton of chocolate-covered strawberries. Yes. This is real life. – Erika from North Folk, CA
#1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
5 stars all the way. Virginia Tech is well known for having the best food on college campuses. Every day you have the option of lobster, salad, sandwiches, smoothies, steak….you name it, they probably have it. Everyone has a meal plan here, not just the freshmen. Seriously, the food is so good that most people prefer it to going out. – Jamie from Blacksburg, VA
Virginia tech has a great reputation for their on campus dining. The dining halls don’t only have a great atmosphere but are also extremely clean. The food itself, well, I can’t really tell you how good it is because chances are you wouldn’t believe me. Just take my word, and if you ever tour the campus you have to eat at the dining halls! – David from Fishersville, VA
I eat almost every single meal on campus and love all of them. Fresh lobster, NY Strip steak, gourmet pasta, eggs Benedict, I can go on and on and on. It is unbelievable, and if you don’t believe me, come try it yourself. – Joseph from Wexford, PA
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Montclair State offers a variety of academic programs to support you in the pursuit of your career goals. I have made many friends in a program I am enrolled in, and making friends makes college life that much more enjoyable. There are also many clubs to get involved in...Make sure to get involved with clubs and activities. –Elisha from Blackwood, NJ
There are plenty of activities to be involved and engaged in. Our Ultimate Frisbee team just won the national championship, and our fencing team is also very competitive. I personally love snowboarding so I joined the Ski and Snowboard club which allows me to engage in my hobby for a discounted rate with other likeminded students in close proximity to the school and far away. –Zainul from Chester Springs, PA
Rutgers University offers endless extracurricular opportunities. The Glee Club, Residence Hall Association, and Student Government, are some of the many popular organizations. In this ethnically diverse and high-spirited community, students can find also multi-ethnic clubs and organizations ...Rutgers is a prestigious university that proudly stands by the slogan “Jersey Roots, Global Reach.” – Samir from Jersey City, NJ
#10 Montclair State University – Montclair, NJ
Montclair State offers a variety of academic programs to support you in the pursuit of your career goals. I have made many friends in a program I am enrolled in, and making friends makes college life that much more enjoyable. There are also many clubs to get involved in. There is the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), the Caribbean Student Organization (CaribSO), the Organization of Students for African Unity (OSAU), and many others. There are multiple Greek Life fraternities and sororities you can become a member of. There are many spiritual organizations to join, according to your faith… Make sure to get involved with clubs and activities. –Elisha from Blackwood, NJ
#9 University at Buffalo – Buffalo, NY
UB has a club for EVERYTHING. Some popular clubs are True Blue (sports fans), Schussmeisters (skiing/snowboarding), and Outdoor Adventure. Those are just a few. There are clubs based off of majors, religions, and ethnicity. UB has made sure that every single student can find a club to interest them and if not it is easy to start a club of your own. – Bridget from Orchard Park, NY
#8 Towson University – Towson, MD
There are so many clubs to join at Towson, over 200 groups to be exact! University Residence Government, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Best Buddies, Math Education Club, Skydiving Club, Figure Skating Club, Quidditch team (yes, from Harry Potter!), Black Student Union, and so many more! Towson has such a variety, you will definitely find something you like, and if you want to start your own club, you can do that too! – Angela from Sicklerville, NJ
#7 Morgan State University – Baltimore, MD
Everyone will find something to do at Morgan state. There are fashion clubs, sports clubs, art and film clubs, as well as the knowledge bowl club. Aside from the extracurricular there are clubs focused on academics such as finance and accounting clubs. On campus there is a theater for movies, a gym for working out and recreation, practice fields for sports, and there is also a game room. These areas are frequented by students, but most students choose the sporting events as their main source of fun. – K’Ronn from Baltimore, MD
#6 Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana, PA
There are many clubs to join from, there is not one person on campus that can’t look at the list of clubs and say there isn’t at least one club that interests them. They are made by students for students. IUP activities are mostly educational but some are very fun such as IUP day where many clubs come together and have tables to welcome new members. – Michael from Whitehouse, NJ
#5 University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA
There are plenty of activities to be involved and engaged in. Our Ultimate Frisbee team just won the national championship, and our fencing team is also very competitive. I personally love snowboarding so I joined the Ski and Snowboard club which allows me to engage in my hobby for a discounted rate with other likeminded students in close proximity to the school and far away. –Zainul from Chester Springs, PA
#4 University of Maryland – College Park, MD
Within the first two weeks of the Fall Semester, the First Look Fair will be held on the McKeldin Mall. At this Fair, every single club and organization on campus will be there to represent themselves, look to recruit new members, and best of all, give out FREE STUFF. It’s a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s best to sign up and collect information for as many as you’re interested in – then you can go back to your dorm and figure out which are most important to you, and what you have time for. Every organization holds great events on campus, from improv and sketch shows, to fundraising games and bake sales – these spice up the everyday life on campus. – Jennifer from Winter Springs, FL
#3 Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
Temple has an activity for everyone, whether students want to play in a Renaissance music ensemble, volunteer with underprivileged children, network with local professionals, or write for a sit-com. –Courtney from Souderton, PA
#2 Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University offers endless extracurricular opportunities. The Glee Club, Residence Hall Association, and Student Government, are some of the many popular organizations. In this ethnically diverse and high-spirited community, students can find also multi-ethnic clubs and organizations. Rutgers University Student who seek to pledge and join a fraternity and sorority are more than welcomed. Networking is the key for any future profession. I find the blend of urban and rural environment very comforting. Ultimately, Rutgers is suitable for anyone who strongly believes that education is his or her own creation. Henceforth, Rutgers is a prestigious university that proudly stands by the slogan “Jersey Roots, Global Reach.” – Samir from Jersey City, NJ
#1 Penn State University – University Park, PA
You must get involved with THON while you are here. THON is a no sitting no standing 46 hour dance marathon in efforts to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. It is a yearlong effort and THON is a 46 hour event. You will be moved and inspired while getting involved with THON and will make so many friends through it. It’s one of those indescribable events that sets Penn State apart from many schools. – Cathy from State College, PA
College classes don’t have to be a complete bore to sit through. There are actually some really cools ones out there. Ever wanted to earn a grade in climbing trees? Or how about in creating your very own smartphone app? That and many more cool courses made our list of college classes that are too good to be true. So ditch the average run of the mill electives and check out these cool classes.
iPhone Application Development
For all of you app lovers out there, this one is for you. Ever wanted to know how to make your very own smartphone app? Well in this class offered at Stanford University, you can learn how or just download it for free on iTunes U. Students have created apps to help them through their daily college life struggles, such as making healthy choices at the dining hall or managing lab experiments.
“California, Here We Come” – The O.C. and the Self Aware Culture of 21st Century America
Remember the hit show The O.C.? Well relive it in all its awesome glory along with other California-based shows like the The Hills and The Real Housewives of Orange County in this class offered at Duke University. Earn a grade for watching your favorite TV shows? Now that’s definitely too good to be true.
Harry Potter Literature & the Science of Harry Potter
Read the beloved YA series in this class offered at The Ohio State University and at many other colleges and universities. For once, you don’t have to feel the dread of doing tons of reading for a class. For those with an interest in science, Frostburg State University offers a class called the Science of Harry Potter, in which the principles of physics are used to explain the magic at Hogwarts.
Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse – Catastrophes and Human Behavior
I’m sure after watching Zombieland and The Walking Dead, you and your friends have discussed in great detail how you’d all survive a zombie apocalypse. How about actually putting your survival skills to the test? In this summer course offered at Michigan State University, you and your fellow classmates simulate the outcome of surviving a zombie pandemic along with other apocalyptic fates, such as a meteor strike or the Black Death. Sounds spooky to some, but for others it’s the ultimate test of survival and fun.
Get in touch with your inner child in this outdoor education class offered at Cornell University. Escape from the classroom and climb and swing your way through local wooded areas. Don’t worry about falling, you’ll be safe in a harness and helmet of course.
Learning from YouTube
Want to get college credit for watching YouTube videos? Is that a trick question? Nope. In this class at Pitzer College, students learn by watching, discussing, and commenting on YouTube videos.
Underwater Basket Weaving
Traditionally, this idiom has been used as a negative term to describe a supposedly easy college class. Thanks to Reed College, that’s not so anymore! During the college’s Paideia Festival of Learning, students enjoy taking non-credit courses like this one.Sources:
Of course it makes sense that institutions of higher learning are developing new and better ways of protecting the planet. All that brain power really does do some good, no? Today, colleges and universities have gone past simple recycling to starting organic gardens, developing solar panels, and even creating “living machines.” Here are ten colleges whose commitment to going green has blown us out of the water.
In Bar Harbor, Maine, this small school has one focus: human ecology, defined as the study of our species’ relationship to the planet. In 2007, COA was the first US college to go carbon neutral. The campus is also committed to green building, historic preservation, land conservation, and elimination of toxins.
This nearly self-supporting school exists in Swannanoa, North Carolina. What makes this college special? All food and lumber are sourced from its own organic gardens and managed forests (even the chainsaws use soy oil!). All vehicles run on biodiesel or are hybrid or solar-charged. The streetlamps are solar-powered as well, with low light pollution. Students also give old items new life at the “free store.”
This 1,000-acre campus (including 800 acres of woods, forest, and saltwater beach) can be found in Olympia, Washington. Students get down and dirty with organic farming, conservation, ecology, and much more. Evergreen also buys 100% clean power, is trying out electric vehicles, and has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified seminar building.
This progressive college, home of green design master David Orr, has a web-based system that monitors energy and water used in dorms. It boasts the state of Ohio’s largest solar array, and perhaps the coolest thing is its model “living machine.” What’s a “living machine,” you ask? It’s a system designed to process waste water through a plant- and bacteria-based filtration system. Neat, huh?
This Vermont college pushes carbon neutrality, hosts popular energy-saving competitions in the dorms, and has a sculpture made from locally harvested saplings. When they needed to rebuild an old structure, it was carefully torn down so the parts could be used again in green “reconstruction.”
A five-acre residential complex of houses makes up this college’s Ecovillage, which has the goals of 75% reduction in energy and water use, and a 50% reduction in solid waste. These houses contain eco-friendly appliances, heavy insulation, solar panels, wind-power, rainwater collectors, a living machine, and more!
7. University of California
With high goals, including generating 10 megawatts of renewable energy by 2014 and achieving zero waste and carbon neutrality by 2020, this state school system is to be admired. UCLA has already increased bicycle use by 50%, and UC-Berkeley has won attention for hosting the first certified organic kitchen in a college setting.
Harvard has been installing motion sensors and other energy efficiency devices, their school buildings have achieved up to 73% reductions in waste, and their commitment to using recycled paper is astounding. School trucks have also been converted to run on spare vegetable oil from dining facilities…no waste here!
This university in Durham, North Carolina, now requires all future construction to be certified by the US Green Building Council. The campus features the SmartHouse dormitory, a LEED platinum building.
This university was awarded the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Chill Out contest award for their certified green building, installing energy-saving software, solar panels, and other initiatives.(Source: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/10-greenest-colleges-460708)
This summer, as you pack your boxes and bags full of DVDs, fluffy bathroom towels, and extra long twin sheets, consider taking items that are likely to spawn new friendships with others in your residence hall. While making new friends in college won’t be as hard as you think, it couldn’t hurt to have a couple of gadgets on hand to get the ball rolling. Not sure which of your possessions would work? Check out our list of these great friend-making items you can bring to your dorm!
As if you were going to leave that behind! Having a gaming system in your room may seem like an anti-social move, but with the number of people who play video games today, and with some of the best video games coming out every fall, you are likely to find many people who will want to talk about games, play multi-player games alongside you, and start floor-wide tournaments.
With the first weeks of college still feeling like summer, now is the time to bring your frisbees, soccer balls, and Kan Jam! It won’t be uncommon for you to walk outside by yourself with a ball, and an hour later, have entire teams playing kickball, all of whom you have just met! Inviting others to partake in outdoor activities is a quick way to learn a few names, and as the person who owns this equipment, you can expect to be who others go to when they’re looking for some fun on a Sunday afternoon.
A Movie Collection
If you have a wide DVD collection, a Netflix or Hulu subscription, or the latest episodes of your favorite TV shows downloaded from iTunes, you can expect to be pretty popular around the residence hall. By turning one night a week into a theatrical event, with everyone taking turns bringing the popcorn and the pizza, you will find yourself in the company of quite a few new friends.
Appealing Dorm Room Decor
Your room is far more likely to draw others in if there’s bamboo on the windowsill, neon lights aglow around your desk, and a comfy carpet on the floor, as opposed to a room with no personality at all. A really awesome looking room will cause people walking down the hall to stop and peek in. It will be the place where your friends want to hang out. Make your room as interesting and fun as you can, while still obeying all of your residence hall rules and regulations of course!
Another way to make your dorm room more enticing to others is if you have something for others to tinker with while they’re there. I mean, we’re all really kids at heart, right? Someone who had originally come by to get the notes for a class they missed could find themselves sticking around for an hour because they were playing with the magnetic poetry on your fridge! Litter your room with these kinds of fun, addictive toys!
Do you write a weekly column for your school newspaper? Do you look forward to a little time alone so you can just put pen to paper and get your ideas out? Do you find yourself jotting down real life moments or things people say so that you can use it in a future story? Well, then you might just be an aspiring writer. And if you are, the only way to become a better writer is to write. And write. And write. And write. And write–especially in an environment where you’re encouraged to do your best work and get the feedback you need from your peers and mentors.
Such places do exist. It’s just about finding them. And whether you’re in college now or heading there in the fall, your college may just have a great creative writing undergraduate program. While some colleges have separate creative writing majors, others may have creative writing concentrations within their English major. Finding the
write right undergraduate creative writing program for you is all about researching the professors and instructors who teach the classes, being familiar with their work or teaching style, and understanding what kind of work you’ll be doing. Will you be able to concentrate on what you want to spend the most time on, whether that be poetry, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting, etc.?
Whatever it is you want to pursue, here are 10 colleges, that, according to CollegeDegree.com are the 10 best colleges for creative undergraduate writers:
1. Emory University
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Notable alum: Pulitzer Prize winning writer C. Vann Woodward, author of The Strange Career of Jim Crow.
2. Hamilton College
Location: Clinton, New York
Notable alumni: Poet Ezra Pound; novelists Terry Brooks, Kamila Shamsie, and Peter Cameron; playwright Richard Nelson; actor and writer for The Office Paul Lieberstein; and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Descendants, Nat Faxon.
3. Johns Hopkins University
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Notable alumni: Feminist author Gertrude Stein, novelist Porochista Khakpour, poet Michael Dumanis, and film director Wes Craven.
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Notable alumni: Author of Dr. Dolittle series Hugh Lofting and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
5. New York University
Location: New York, New York
Notable alumni: Founder of MAD magazine William Gaines, Danielle Steel,Joseph Heller, and J.D. Salinger.
6. Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Notable alumni: Harold Ramis, and playwrights Edward Shepherd Mead and Tennessee Williams.
7. University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Notable alumni: David Morrell, author, famous for creating the character of John Rambo and Robie Macauley, novelist and editor of Playboy.
Location: New York, New York
Notable alumni: Upton Sinclair and Hunter S. Thompson.
9. University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Notable alumni: Famous playwright Arthur Miller, author Susan Orlean, Cathy Guisewite author, creator of Cathy comic strip.
10. Colorado College
Location: Colorado Spring, Colorado
Notable alum: Timothy J. Sexton and executive producer and writer for the TV shows ER and Law & Order SVU Neal Baer.
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Why do students go to college? Well, to learn, of course! To study! To become masters of a field! To pontificate on the arts and sciences! To envelop themselves in the canon of the brilliant men and women who came before them! Oh. And to party.
For better or worse, college has most definitely become an invitation to a four-year fiesta. From bars to house parties and Greek shindigs to crazy dorms, there are always things to do on campus–not that that’s an excuse to overdo it–but you’d be surprised by how many students have the ability to rationalize going out 7 nights a week. Let us state here, spending your entire college career in a haze between parties isn’t the best way to spend your tuition. So if you’re less of a party animal, and more of study creature, you might want to avoid the list of colleges below, because according to the Princeton Review, these are 2012′s top twenty party colleges:
1. Ohio University Athens
Location: Athens, Ohio
2. University of Georgia
Location: Athens, Georgia
3. University of Mississippi
Location: University, Mississippi
4 . University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
5. University of California – Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, California
6. West Virginia University
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
7. Pennsylvania State University
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
8. Florida State University
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
9. University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida
10. University of Texas – Austin
Location: Austin, Texas
11. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Champaign, Illinois
12. Syracuse University
Location: Syracuse, New York
13. Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
14. University of Wisconsin
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
15. DePauw University
Location: Greencastle, Indiana
16. Indiana University
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
17. Arizona State University
Location: Tempe, Arizona
18. University of Maryland
Location: College Park, Maryland
19. University of Vermont
Location: Burlington, Vermont
20. University of South Carolina
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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Depending on where you end up going to college, your experience can wind up having a lot do with where your college campus is located. If you attend NYU, for example, your campus is the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” in the heart of the busy bumble that is the ultimate–and largest–city in America. If you take your talents to Berea College, the surrounding city is fun and thriving, but in a different kind of way. In fact, the biggest institution in Berea is the college itself–where NYU is just one of many big things going on in the Big Apple.
There are countless ways to compare the cities and towns that have colleges within them, but one of the most compelling ways is how well the two macro organisms get along…or don’t…
Not all cities and the colleges within them get along perfectly, but according to the Princeton Review, here are 20 colleges with superb college and town relationships:
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Quick fact: Clemson University has two student-run newspapers. Founded in 1907, The Tiger News is the oldest student-run newspaper in South Carolina. The second newspaper is the Tiger Town Observer.
2. Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Quick fact: Kansas State, which often simply goes by K-State, is the oldest public university in the state of Kansas.
3. College of the Ozarks
Location: Point Lookout, Missouri
Quick fact: The College charges no tuition for full-time students, mostly due to its student work program. The program requires students to work 15 hours a week at an on-campus work station and two 40-hour work weeks during breaks–no wonder its town loves the students!
4. Virginia Tech
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Quick fact: Virginia Tech is one of the few public universities in the United States that maintains a corps of cadets.
5. Rice University
Location: Houston, Texas
Quick fact: Five streets demarcate the campus: Greenbriar Street, Rice Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Main Street, and University Boulevard.
6. Saint Michael’s College
Location: Colchester, Vermont
Quick fact: In the 1950s, Freshmen were required to wear a dress shirt, coat and tie to every class and for the evening meal.
7. University of Alabama at Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Quick fact: There are over 150+ student organizations on the UAB campus.
8. Macalester College
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Quick fact: Notable alumni include Kofi Annan, Walter Mondale, Marlene Johnson, DeWitt Wallace, Alexander Wendt, Ari Emanuel, Peter Berg, Tim O’Brien, Bob Mould, and Charles Baxter.
Location: Wheaton, Illinois
Quick fact: Wheaton College ranked 15th in “Best Undergraduate Teaching” by US News and World Report for national liberal arts colleges.
10. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Location: Needham, Massachusetts
Quick fact: Olin College is noted in the engineering community for its youth, small size, project-based curriculum, and large endowment funded primarily by the F. W. Olin Foundation.
11. St. Olaf College
Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Quick fact: St. Olaf ranks as one of the top 20 small colleges for liberal arts education (those with 5,000 or fewer students) for the number of students who go on to serve in the Peace Corps.
12. Agnes Scott College
Location: Decatur, Georgia
Quick fact: Agnes Scott has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral institute by the college’s 150th anniversary in 2039.
13. Westminster College
Location: New Wilmington , Pennsylvania
Quick fact: The student population is nearly 1,480 undergraduate and graduate students.
14. Nazareth College
Location: Rochester, New York
Quick fact: Nazareth was founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The first class, comprising 25 young women, began their studies in a large mansion on Lake Avenue in Rochester, New York.
15. Catawba College
Location: Salisbury, North Carolina
Quick fact: The school’s theatre program is consistently rated as one of the top 10 in the nation.
16. The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Quick fact: UNCA is the only designated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system.
17. Bellarmine University
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Quick fact: Bellarmine offers study abroad options on six continents in over 50 countries around the globe, ranging from departmental programs to summer enclave programs and semester or academic year exchanges at over 150 partner universities.
18. William Jewell College
Location: Liberty, Missouri
Quick fact: It was founded in 1849 by members of the Missouri Baptist Convention and other civic leaders.
19. Millsaps College
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Quick fact: Founded in 1890, the college is recognized as one of the country’s best private colleges dedicated to undergraduate teaching and educating the whole individual.
20. University of New Orleans
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Quick fact: There are more than 120 registered clubs and organizations active at UNO, including 15 fraternities and sororities.
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For most high school students, the only thing on the horizon is college, college and more college. Oh, did I mention college?
But once you get there, you’ll notice a lot of people have their eyes on another prize: graduate school. And more specifically, law school.
Law school tends to attract a lot of people. Why? Well because going to law school doesn’t mean you necessarily have to become a lawyer. Going to law school can help give you the credentials for tons of other things! Think of all the U.S. president who’ve had law degrees! There are dual degree programs that combine law and business. Or sometimes a law degree is just a great background education to have for a totally, sometimes seemingly unrelated career. Think Ari Gold, the celebrity agent in Entourage, or a big time CEO.
So if you’re interested in law school, here are the top 24 law schools for 2012, according to US News & World Report:
1. Yale University
Tuition: $52,525 per year
2. Stanford University
Tuition: $49,179 per year
3. Harvard University
Tuition: $48,786 per year
4. Columbia University
Tuition: $52,902 per year
5. University of Chicago
Tuition: $47,502 per year
6. New York University
Tuition: $48,950 per year
7. University of California – Berkeley
Tuition: In-state: $50,163 per year, Out-of-state: $54,370 per year
8. University of Pennsylvania
Tuition: $50,718 per year
9. University of Virginia
Tuition: In-state: $44,600 per year, Out-of-state: $49,600 per year
10. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Tuition: In-state: $46,830 per year, Out-of-state: $49,740 per year
11. Duke University
Tuition: $49,617 per year
12. Northwestern University
Tuition: $51,920 per year
13. Georgetown University
Tuition: $46,865 per year
14. Cornell University
Tuition: $53,150 per year
15. University of California – Los Angeles
Tuition: In-state: $44,922 per year, Out-of-state: $54,767 per year
16. University of Texas – Austin
Tuition: In-state: $30,243 per year, Out-of-state: $46,028 per year
17. Vanderbilt University
Tuition: $46,148 per year
18. University of Southern California (Gould)
Tuition: $50,591 per year
20. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Tuition: In-state: $34,817 per year, Out-of-state: $43,385 per year
21. George Washington University
Tuition: $45,750 per year
22. University of Washington
Tuition: In-state: $25,780 per year, Out-of-state: $39,850 per year
23. University of Notre Dame
Tuition: $43,335 per year
24. Washington University in St. Louis
Tuition: $46,042 per year
Does law school interest you? Which law school would you want to go to?
Future business women of America! Our culture puts a lot of pressure on students to go to the best Ivy League colleges so that they can get the best jobs and make the most of their careers; but just because you’re not at or going to an Ivy doesn’t mean you won’t be calling the shots in a big way in your future. As Beyonce so poignantly said:
“Who run the world? Girls.”
Here’s where Forbes’ top women CEO’s went to college:
CEO of Kraft Foods
Undergraduate college: Cornell University
Rosenfeld not only earned her B.A. in psychology from Cornell, but she also earned her Ph.D in marketing and statistics there as well.
Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Undergraduate college: Franklin & Marshall College
Schapiro was the first woman to be the permanent Chairment of the SEC. She was appointed by President Obama in 2009.
CEO of Xerox
Undergraduate college: Polytechnic Institute
Super cool lady, Ursala Burns, is not only the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, but also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company.
CEO of Avon
Undergraduate college: Princeton University
First generation Canadian-American, Jung rose to the top through her positions at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and currently, Avon.
Former CEO of Yahoo!
Undergraduate college: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Bartz was once told when she requested a transfer to 3M’s headquarters that “women don’t do these jobs.” She sure proved whoever said that to her wrong!
CEO of Well Point
Undergraduate college: Texas Tech University
Braly received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in 1982 and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law.
CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
Undergraduate college: Penn State
Taking on her role as CEO, Woertz commented, ”I’m outside the company, outside the industry, outside the family, outside the gender expectations.”
CEO of Anglo American
Undergraduate college: Skidmore College
That geology major IS important! Carroll earned her B.S. from Skidmore in geology and then went on to earn her masters in geology from the University of Kansas. She didn’t stop there; she then went on to earn her MBA from Harvard.
CEO of Dupont
Undergraduate college: Tufts University
Kullman studied mechanical engineering at Tufts and then earned her master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. Moral of the story? Your major in college doesn’t dictate your future career–it only helps to inform it!
Former CEO of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America
Undergraduate college: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Krawcheck oversaw the largest wealth management business in the world at $2.3 trillion in client assets.
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