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10 Best Colleges for the Money

MIT tops the list

(Newser) - If you're going to fork over close to $50,000 a year to go to college—the top-end average for tuition, room, and board at a four-year school—you want the best ROI on your money. WalletHub looked at close to 1,000 of America's higher-education venues, examining... More »

Students Support College Chief in Beer Bong Controversy

Southeast Missouri State President Carlos Vargas went viral for chugging while tailgating

(Newser) - Having the president of your college actively involved in student life is desirable. Having one who takes pulls on a beer bong with you at a football game—that's up for debate. Dr. Carlos Vargas, head of Southeast Missouri State University, says he now realizes his actions before a... More »

Student Emails Every Nicole in School to Get a Date

Carlos Zetina went all in

(Newser) - A Canada college student who met a woman at a bar but somehow screwed up taking down her phone number still managed to connect using a nuclear option. Carlos Zetina, a first year student at University of Calgary, knew the woman he'd met was also a student. He also... More »

Here Are the 5 Most, Least Valuable College Majors

Actuarial science will likely position you well; the fine arts may be more of a crapshoot

(Newser) - It's desirable to do what you love for a living—but it helps if what you love pays decently. Bankrate did its due diligence for future college students, looking at US Census Bureau data for 162 degrees that ended up producing labor forces of at least 15,000 people,... More »

$82K Raised for Gay Teen's Tuition After Parents Spurn Him

Seth Owen, co-valedictorian of his senior class, got in to Georgetown, couldn't afford to go

(Newser) - Seth Owen was over the moon when he received what appeared to be the path to his "life goal" of going to college: an acceptance letter from Georgetown University. But the Florida 18-year-old, who was the co-valedictorian of his senior class, had his hopes dashed when he later received... More »

Racist Text Sparks Outrage on Georgia Campus

White student blames spellcheck

(Newser) - A white Georgia college student is blaming spellcheck for a racist slur she accidentally sent via text message to her new roommate. "Her insta looks pretty normal not too n-----ish," the student, identified by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as Courtney Schaefer, texted after the two exchanged pleasantries, in a... More »

Happiness: You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Yale's most popular course is all about learning to practice it

(Newser) - It's called "PSYC 157: Psychology and the Good Life," and the course taught by Laurie Santos just happens to be the most popular one ever offered at Yale, writes Adam Sternbergh at the Cut . Its aim is to teach students to be happier. Sternbergh took the course... More »

Prof's Reax to Barbara Bush Death Could Threaten Tenure

Fresno State instructor Randa Jarrar called her 'amazing racist,' 'witch'

(Newser) - While the tributes continue to pour in for Barbara Bush, a Fresno State professor is taking heat for her diatribe against the former first lady. "Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who along with her husband, raised a war criminal," Randa Jarrar wrote to... More »

He Got Full Rides to 20 Schools. TV Anchors Called It 'Ridiculous'

Some say DC journos were racially motivated in remarks about Michael Brown

(Newser) - One might think a high school senior called the "best thing in Texas" by Texas Monthly , and who got accepted to 20 colleges —some of which were Ivy Leagues, and all of which offered him a full ride with grants and scholarships—would receive universal praise in the... More »

What Freshman 15? A Third of College Kids Go Hungry

New survey finds hunger is a growing, mostly hidden problem on college campuses

(Newser) - The popular myth that college students gain weight during their freshman year is decidedly untrue for a significant portion of the college population. A new survey finds that 36% of college students in the US don't get enough to eat, the Washington Post reports. The survey, carried out by... More »

Student's Sexual Harassment Suit Invokes Betsy DeVos

The lawsuit references the education secretary's new campus guidelines

(Newser) - A male student who was suspended from the University of Vermont this fall after being accused of groping a female student at an off-campus party has sued the school, saying the school's disciplinary system is biased against men, the AP reports. The lawsuit said the case is a perfect... More »

She Made It to College. He Was Determined to Help Her Stay

Teacher helps former student raise funds to stay in school

(Newser) - Kevonna Stevens graduated as valedictorian of her class and became the first of her family to head to college, thanks in part to teacher Jason Boll, who helped her apply. Now Boll is stepping up for Stevens again, in an even bigger way. The 18-year-old told the Pittsburgh teacher in... More »

What New York Is Doing for College-Age Maria Victims

Tuition help being offered to displaced students at 64 state universities

(Newser) - Mainland US universities are offering a helping hand to students in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria. Some schools are granting students discounted tuition at the rate for in-state residents; others are waiving tuition altogether for a semester, NPR reports. Tuition help is being offered... More »

Halo Might Be Based on a College Fling

UCLA professor claims she was creator's muse

(Newser) - Catherine Halsey, a character in the video game Halo, is a scientist and atheist who considers herself smarter than her parents. The same can be said of Patricia Dickson, a UCLA associate professor of pediatrics—and she claims that's no coincidence. Dickson, who had a romantically tinged friendship with... More »

Harvard Yanks Acceptance Letters After Student Posts

Incoming freshmen can no longer attend after online comments

(Newser) - At least 10 students lost their spots at Harvard before the first day of class after they exchanged offensive messages in a private Facebook group, the Harvard Crimson reports. College officials told the incoming freshmen they were no longer welcome after getting wind of the messages and memes in a... More »

Bill Gates: I'd Give This Book to Every College Graduate

He recommends 'The Better Angels of Our Nature' by Steven Pinker

(Newser) - Bill Gates may be a college dropout himself, but he's still hit up for advice quite a bit from college graduates. In a series of tweets spotted by Business Insider , Gates is offering that advice to all. Among other things, he writes that if he were a college freshman... More »

Minaj Pays Up to Students Tweeting for College Aid

The singer offered to help out a dozen students on Twitter

(Newser) - Nicki Minaj is sending a strong message to her fans: getting good grades can literally pay. TMZ reports that the singer promised to help a dozen fans tweeting at her for college aid, and has confirmed that at least two have already received money in their bank accounts. It started... More »

Trayvon Martin About to Receive College Degree

Florida Memorial University to honor him with posthumous aeronautical science bachelor's

(Newser) - If Trayvon Martin were alive today, he would be 22 and perhaps preparing this month for his college commencement. One Florida school is giving his parents the honor of accepting a degree for him. CNN reports that Florida Memorial University will bestow a posthumous bachelor's degree in aeronautical science... More »

High School Senior Will Return in Fall as Teacher

Raven Osborne will receive a college degree 2 weeks before high school diploma

(Newser) - A full two weeks before graduating from high school, 18-year-old Raven Osborne will be getting another diploma… from college. According to CBS News , Osborne will graduate Friday from Purdue University Northwest, then graduate high school in Gary, Ind., on May 22. On-campus college courses are a graduation requirement at Osborne’... More »

9 Faculty Quitting After College Mandates Abortion Opposition

The private college is also mandating opposition to gay marriage

(Newser) - A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, the AP reports. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. News media outlets report that... More »

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