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Here Are America's 10 Best Colleges
This Is the Best
College in America

This Is the Best College in America

MIT is No. 1, at least according to WalletHub

(Newser) - Deciding where to go to college can be a stressful time for high schoolers. For those who are determined to attend the best of the best, WalletHub tries to ease the burden by sifting through all the pros and cons of more than 1,000 higher-ed institutions. The site looked...

Prof to Teach Class on Drake, the Weeknd: 'It's Time'

Canada's Ryerson University is offering deep-dive course on Toronto-born performers

(Newser) - If you're an undergrad at the Creative School, part of Toronto's Ryerson University, there's a class on Aubrey Drake Graham and Abel Makkonen Tesfaye that may interest you. Don't recognize those names? You likely know them as Drake and the Weeknd, and if you want to...

Top 10 Colleges in US
Top 10 Colleges in US

Top 10 Colleges in US

Harvard is No. 1 in 'Wall Street Journal' ranking, with Michigan the top public school

(Newser) - US News & World Report doesn't have a monopoly on college rankings, and an annual survey by the Wall Street Journal /Times Higher Education is out. Its champion of higher education is Harvard. Again . The Journal acknowledges that the upper echelon of its list is little changed from last...

8 Dead, Dozens Injured After Shooting at Russian University
8 Dead in Russia Mass Shooting 

8 Dead in Russia Mass Shooting

Shooting on Monday at Russia's Perm State University also left dozens injured

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire at a university in Russia on Monday morning, leaving eight people dead and 24 hurt, officials said. The gunman was detained after the shooting at Perm State University, according to the Interior Ministry. There was no immediate information on his identity or possible motive, per the...

At US Colleges, a Big Shift Is Accelerating

'Wall Street Journal:' Women outnumber men on campuses, and the gap is at a record high

(Newser) - One college enrollment consultant calls it "higher education's dirty little secret"—schools have begun going out of their way to beef up the enrollment of male students. The reason is made clear in a story by Douglas Belkin at the Wall Street Journal about the ever-widening gap...

Limbs of College Students, Staff Turn Blue After Apparent Poisoning

Police are trying to figure out how 7 were sickened at Germany's Darmstadt Technical University

(Newser) - Students and staff at a German college had a quite unpleasant dining experience this week, and now local police suspect poisoning. Cops in the state of Hesse say seven students and employees took ill Monday on the Lichtwiese campus of Darmstadt Technical University, reports the Guardian . Police suspect that milk...

With Rising Cases Come Vaccine Mandates
This Week, a 'Turning
Point' on Vaccinations

This Week, a 'Turning Point' on Vaccinations

As case numbers rise once again, vaccine mandates gain support

(Newser) - The US has reached a turning point in the pandemic, with businesses, state governments, and even a federal government agency now backing mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for employees. How'd we get here?
  • A 'groundswell': "With vaccination rates stagnating and the delta variant driving yet another wave of cases,

No More 'Freshmen' or 'Sophomores' at Penn State
No More 'Freshmen' or
'Sophomores' at Penn State
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No More 'Freshmen' or 'Sophomores' at Penn State

Gendered terms will be dropped from course descriptions

(Newser) - Freshmen, underclassmen, and upperclassmen are going to be a thing of the past at Penn State, at least in course descriptions. The Faculty Senate has approved a proposition to remove gendered and binary terms from course and program descriptions as part of a push to use more inclusive language, the...

Rutgers Blazes a New Path With Its COVID Mandate

Students will need to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes this fall

(Newser) - It may be a nationwide first: New Jersey's Rutgers University on Thursday announced that students will need to show proof of vaccination in order to attend in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester. Exemptions may be requested for medical or religious reasons, reports CNN . The Middlesex Daily Voice notes...

Student's Roommate: I'd Never Seen Him 'More Drunk in His Entire Life'

Bowling Green University sophomore Stone Foltz, 20, dead after apparent Pi Kappa Alpha hazing

(Newser) - A sophomore business major at Ohio's Bowling Green State University who was in critical condition for three days at ProMedica Toledo Hospital has died—an apparent result of a fraternity hazing, reports ABC News . Sean Alto, an attorney representing the family of Stone Foltz, says the 20-year-old had attended...

Military College Dorm Gets a New Resident: Its President
Into Dorm

College President Moves Into Dorm

Col. Mark Anarumo of Norwich University worried about effects of lockdown isolation on students

(Newser) - The best military leaders aren't afraid to get in the trenches, and even though he's now a civilian, Dr. Mark C. Anarumo's old habits die hard. The 50-year-old retired Air Force colonel and father of four is the president of Norwich University, a private military college in...

Problem at Texas A&M: Test Qs Answered Too Quickly

Students suspected of using Chegg tutoring site to get answers to exams

(Newser) - Students in an online finance class at Texas A&M were starting to close out the semester when they received an email from the director of the Aggie Honor System Office. "I would like to encourage you in the strongest way to reclaim your personal integrity," read the...

One Word in School's Name Has Prompted Push for Change

Board of trustees approves motion to drop 'Dixie' from Dixie State University in Utah

(Newser) - Dixie State University appears to be following the lead of the Chicks . The Utah university's board of trustees unanimously approved a motion to change the school's name on Monday after a survey showed respondents related it to the Confederacy. Some 41% of Utahans and 64% of respondents from...

'Disheartening' Stats on Foreign Students

This fall, college enrollment of new international students fell 43%; total enrollment dipped 16%

(Newser) - President Trump has taken steps to discourage foreign enrollment in American universities, and, in combination with the pandemic, that effort has succeeded: The number of international students studying in the US has dropped for the fourth consecutive year. This fall, new enrollment fell 43%, while total enrollment of international students...

University of Michigan Students Told to Shelter in Place

Order comes amid spike in COVID cases, though athletes are exempt

(Newser) - Campus life will play out in dorm rooms over the next 14 days at the University of Michigan, which is now under a stay-at-home order. University officials announced the two-week mandate on Tuesday, saying social gatherings on campus were "the main cause of recent COVID-19 spread on campus, in...

Colleges Face Drop in Enrollment

Freshman totals fall 16%, while community colleges are off the most

(Newser) - Colleges are wrestling with a host of issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and here's another one: Freshman enrollment has dropped more than 16% over last year. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported the numbers Thursday, the New York Times reports. Enrollment for all undergraduate classes is down...

Colleges Take Spring Break Off Their Calendars Already

Longer winter vacation instead shortens campus flu season

(Newser) - The chaos of 2020 is reaching into 2021 for college students. Worried about the coronavirus being brought back to campus after vacation, schools are starting to remove spring break from their calendars. The University of Michigan and University of Kentucky did that last week, ABC reports, with Kentucky saying it...

10 Best Colleges in the US
10 Best Colleges in the US

10 Best Colleges in the US

Harvard is best overall; University of Michigan tops among public schools

(Newser) - It's an unusual year for colleges, but a new ranking by the Wall Street Journal /Times Higher Education has a familiar theme: Ivy League schools dominate, thanks largely to their deep pockets. The rankings take into account a number of factors, including graduates' salaries and debt, how much the...

Cop Busts Students for House Party, Makes Stunning Find

Miami University students who hosted gathering had tested positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - It's bad enough a group of college students at Ohio's Miami University hosted a house party over Labor Day weekend, despite the fact that their school has had upward of 1,100 students test positive for COVID-19 since the middle of last month. But what a local cop...

Hundreds of Students Breaking UA's COVID Rules

Student groups also facing discipline at University of Alabama

(Newser) - Hundreds of students and three student organizations have been sanctioned by the University of Alabama for violating its COVID-19 safety guidelines in the midst of an outbreak . A fourth group is facing suspension, reports NBC News . Students must "strictly adhere" to the guidelines issued last month, which promote face...

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