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The World's 10 Best Universities

Oxford overtakes Cal Tech

(Newser) - The world has a new top university. Oxford has pushed the California Institute of Technology—which held the top spot for the past five years—to second place in the 2016 World University Rankings , based on research impact, reputation, and global scholarship. This marks the first time in the list'... More »

New College Rankings Are Out

Princeton is at the top again

(Newser) - US News and World Report is out with its annual rankings of the nation's colleges, and Princeton reigns supreme for the sixth straight year. For that matter, Williams College is tops in the liberal arts category for the 14th straight year, and Berkeley among public universities for the... More »

Princeton May Dump Woodrow Wilson's Name

School will review his legacy after students call him racist

(Newser) - Princeton University has agreed to look into the legacy of alumnus and former US President Woodrow Wilson after a group of students staged a sit-in to protest his views on race and segregation. That resolution comes after university President Christopher Eisgruber and two other school officials signed an agreement late... More »

3-Sentence Letter of Reference Goes Viral

A mathematician wrote it for 'genius' John Forbes Nash

(Newser) - Like a strong, simple letter of recommendation? Well it helps if the subject is a genius. Mathematician Richard Duffin wrote a letter to Princeton University for John Forbes Nash, Jr., who became an esteemed mathematician and the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, Mashable reports. Dated Feb. 11, 1948,... More »

Princeton Students Peeved About Big Sean Concert

They say rapper's lyrics promote rape culture

(Newser) - Princeton University just can't win when it comes to its Lawnparties festival. Last year, Mayer Hawthorne was the main act, and the student government was criticized for choosing a less-than-huge name. So this year, the student government went with rapper Big Sean ... and now it's being criticized for... More »

Princeton, Worker Square Off Over His Medical Pot

Navy vet, activist Don DeZarn on paid leave while 2 sides duke it out

(Newser) - Don DeZarn is a Navy veteran who suffers PTSD, a candidate for New Jersey state office, a member of the Legalize Marijuana Party, and a user of medical marijuana. He's also the senior operations manager of campus dining at Princeton University, which is taking exception to that last part... More »

Princeton Students to Get Vaccine FDA Hasn't OKed

Bexsero hasn't been approved by FDA, but FDA gave CDC OK to import it

(Newser) - Princeton University has seen seven people hospitalized in the last eight months with bacterial meningitis—specifically, a strain of the disease that the vaccine commonly administered in the US doesn't fight. And now the school is taking the unusual step of offering its students a European- and Australian-approved vaccine,... More »

Princeton Evacuates Over Bomb Threat

But most students aren't on campus anyway

(Newser) - Princeton University has evacuated, citing "a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings." In a 10:26am post on the school website , the Office of Communications told staffers and students not to "return to campus for any reason until advised otherwise." In follow-up Twitter posts, the... More »

The Schools Most Likely to Produce Rich People

US dominates the list

(Newser) - Most of the world's richest people have something in common: They went to school in the US. Wealth-X has compiled a report on which universities worldwide boast the most "ultra high net worth" alumni—defined here as those with $30 million or more—and US universities dominate the... More »

Princeton: We'll Suspend Freshmen Who Rush Frats

About 15% of school's student body is in a frat or sorority

(Newser) - So much for those wild and crazy first few weeks of college. In keeping with a belief that fraternities and sororities promote social exclusiveness, Princeton University says any freshman who joins, rushes, or pledges to a Greek organization starting this fall will face suspension. The Ivy League school has a... More »

New College Rankings: An Ivy Deadheat

Harvard, Princeton top universities list

(Newser) - US News and World Report has released its latest college rankings, and it’s full of the usual suspects, with Harvard, Princeton, and Yale topping the list; not much has changed since last year . Among liberal arts colleges , Williams, Amherst, and Swarthmore lead the pack. The magazine also presents... More »

Obama's Pick for Economic Adviser: Alan Krueger

Labor economist, Princeton prof worked in Treasury Department

(Newser) - President Obama is set to nominate Princeton labor economist Alan Krueger as his top economic adviser. Krueger, who helped lead the Treasury Department through Obama’s first two years in office, would become the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. In the position, he’d likely urge government action... More »

Ivy Donations Are 'Loathsome'

Giving to 'Affirmative Action for Rich' is 'moral crime,' writes Hamilton Nolan

(Newser) - Gawker's Hamilton Nolan is scrambling onto the anti-Ivy League bandwagon by slamming donations to the elitist institutions as "loathsome" and a "moral crime." The schools "are terrible choices for huge donations. Supporting education is a worthy cause; but there are many, many more effective ways... More »

Another Ivy Leaguer? Other Schools Do Exist

Enough already with Harvard and Yale: blogger

(Newser) - The Supreme Court and White House may as well be decorated in ivy, complains David Bernstein. "Once Elena Kagan gets confirmed, every Supreme Court Justice will have attended Harvard or Yale law schools," he writes. And Kagan—whose bachelor's degree, for the record, is from Princeton—was nominated... More »

Ranking America's Most Stressful Schools

These colleges might just drive you to suicide

(Newser) - This month, lots of high school overachievers will be anxiously awaiting acceptances from the halls of Ivy—even as concerns mount that these schools might not be great for your mental health. Cornell University, for example, had two suicides in as many days last month. So the Daily Beast decided... More »

Corn Syrup Makes You Fatter Than Sugar

Princeton researchers say rat study answers contentious question

(Newser) - It may not end the debate, but researchers say they have definitively proven that high-fructose corn syrup is many times more likely to contribute to obesity than sugar. The Princeton team gave one group of rats water spiked with sugar, and another water with corn syrup. Though the sugar water... More »

Swarthmore, UVa. Top College Value List

Princeton Review list weighs affordability, academic quality

(Newser) - The Princeton Review's annual list of the best college values takes into account price—cheap tuition or generous financial aid get a thumbs up—and weighs that against the academic quality of a school based on surveys, professor-to-student ratios, and the like. USA Today takes a look at the list.... More »

The 10 Douchiest Colleges in the US

From Brown to Bob Jones, 'what kind of douche do you want to be'?

(Newser) - In college, acting insufferable is pretty much a given. “The question for America's youth is: What kind of douche bag do you aspire to be?” asks GQ. The mag helpfully offers the top options.
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West Point Tops Best Colleges List

(Newser) - The US Military Academy tops the new Forbes list of top colleges, leapfrogging five places to bump Princeton out of the top spot. In the second annual ranking, another service academy, the Air Force's, lands in seventh place on a list that places schools according to "the quality of... More »

Princeton Adviser Recalls Sotomayor's Grade-A Thesis

Not 'best student', but the 'most transformed'

(Newser) - Count Sonia Sotomayor's Princeton thesis adviser among her strongest supporters to reach the Supreme Court. Peter Winn, writing in the Washington Post, recalls that her judicial skills were evident even as an undergrad. "After conquering Princeton, she is unlikely to be fazed by another institution legendary for its white... More »

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