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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...

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...

Ivy Donations Are 'Loathsome'

 Ivy Donations Are 'Loathsome' 
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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...

Another Ivy Leaguer? Other Schools Do Exist
Another Ivy Leaguer?
Other Schools Do Exist
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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...

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...

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...

Swarthmore, UVa. Top College Value List
 Swarthmore, UVa. 
 Top College Value List 
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

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....

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.
  1. Brown University: Peace Sign on My Mom's 7 Series Douches are limo liberals too good
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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...

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...

10 Most-Buzzed-About Schools
 10 Most-Buzzed-About Schools 

10 Most-Buzzed-About Schools

Harvard beats out Columbia for most internet references

(Newser) - Institutions of higher learning care about their brand as much as any business, so the Global Language Monitor has ranked universities and colleges for the amount of buzz they command on the internet. The winners:
  1. Harvard University
  2. Columbia University
  3. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  4. University of California, Berkeley
  5. Stanford University
...

Colbert to Princeton Grads: 'Don't Change the World'

TV personality bestows singular words of wisdom on Ivy Leaguers

(Newser) - As every college speaker does, Stephen Colbert reminded Princeton’s seniors at today's Class Day ceremony that they have the power to “change the world,” the Daily Princetonian reports. But unlike other speakers, Colbert added: please don’t do that. “Some of us like it the way...

Michelle Obama College Thesis Muses on Race

Studies void between blacks and whites at Princeton and beyond

(Newser) - Michelle Obama’s 1985 Princeton thesis—whose unavailability at the university has prompted blogger suspicions—discusses the concerns of a black woman in a sphere dominated by whites. In the 96-page document, scored by Politico from the Obama campaign, Mrs. Obama writes that to white students, it seems “I...

Data Encryption Isn't So Secure, After All

Researchers find easy method to steal protected information

(Newser) - Accessing encrypted data can be as simple as chilling a computer memory chip, according to a Princeton research group. The researchers were able to break through encryption in Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems, reports the New York Times, calling into question the security methods that companies, government agencies, and...

Tax Harvard to Help Fund Poorer Colleges
Tax Harvard
to Help Fund Poorer Colleges
OPINION

Tax Harvard to Help Fund Poorer Colleges

Banker urges taxing investment earnings to close education gap

(Newser) - The growing disparity between the richest universities and their more modest counterparts is not as often discussed as other aspects of America's wealth gap, prominent investment banker Herbert Allen writes in the New York Times—but it should be. The nation’s wealthiest colleges have endowments topping $1 million per...

Princeton Student Faked Own Beating
Princeton Student Faked Own Beating

Princeton Student Faked Own Beating

Sent death threats to himself and other campus conservatives

(Newser) - A Princeton student who claimed his views on morality and membership in a conservative organization triggered death threats against him and a beating has confessed that the threats and attack were self-delivered, the Daily Princetonian reports. Four others on campus, including a prominent conservative professor, were also threatened as part...

In Higher Education, the Rich Get Richer

Funding gap widens breach between Ivies, public schools

(Newser) - As Ivy League schools upgrade dorms, financial aid, and student-faculty ratios, America’s public universities are losing out, BusinessWeek reports. The "Ivy Plus" schools, which include Stanford and MIT, represent 1% of the US student population but are the richest by far. "We can add resources in almost...

Princeton Wins College Rankings for 8th Year

Annual survey comes under increasing fire for favoring the rich

(Newser) - Facing a barrage of criticism, the latest college rankings from U.S. News and World Report were released today, and Princeton is still No.1, followed by Harvard and Yale. The editors have tried to address complaints about the survey's bias toward schools that educate the well-to-do and the well-prepared....

Valedictorians Halted At Ivy Gates
Valedictorians Halted At
Ivy Gates

Valedictorians Halted At Ivy Gates

Rejections hit 90% at most prestigious schools

(Newser) -  With competition at top colleges more ferocious than ever, most Ivy League schools accepted under 10% of applicants for the first time, the Times reports. Tony schools like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton turned away valedictorians and students with perfect SAT scores and GPAs, much to the shock of...

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