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10 Best Colleges to Attend

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Here are the Top 10 Best Colleges to attend. These top 10 schools are based on Academics, Quality of Life and overall campus resources. A degree from one of these schools will surely lead to a successful career.

Best Colleges
Princeton is one of the Best Colleges
  1. Princeton

    Princeton is a private Ivy League university located in Princeton, New Jersey. It is known to provide its students some of the best financial aid packages making it one of the most affordable colleges in the nation. Princeton is also one of the most beautiful colleges.


  2. Stanford

    Size wise, Stanford has one of the largest campuses in the nation. It has one of the best law schools and one of the top business schools, especially if you are the entrepreneur type. Located in the Silicon Valley, Stanford is in a prime startup hub and many tech companies have emerged from it's surroundings.


  3. Harvard

    Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is the oldest U.S. University still in operation. Harvard is one of the hardest colleges to get into with only a 9.3% acceptance rate. Harvard also houses one of the largest academic libraries in the United States.


  4. MIT

    MIT is seen in nearly every top 10 college ranking year after year. MIT is generally considered to have one of the best engineering programs in the world, and MIT grads earn more than most other colleges.


  5. University of California - Berkeley

    also known as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal.

    Berkeley is the main college in the University of California System, which consists of 10 schools. The student to faculty ratio is 15.5 to 1, which is pretty impressive for a public university. UC Berkeley also offers excellent PhD programs that are tops in the nation.


  6. UCLA

    UCLA is the most popular college receiving 50,000 applications for admission. It also has one of the best Athletic programs, winning multiple NCAA championships. UCLA is also known as one of the best public research institutions in the nation.


  7. USC

    USC is a private school with one of the most diverse campuses in the world. It is one of the world's leading private research universities and the largest private employer in Los Angeles.


  8. Notre Dame

    Notre Dame is a Roman Catholic university with 82% of the student body being of the Catholic religion. There is no Greek system but intramural sports between the dorms is very popular and play becomes very competitive. Two words that sum up Notre Dame: Academics and Football.


  9. University of Michigan

    The University of Michigan is known for its athletics, mainly their historic presence in college football and winning the very first Rose Bowl. Although it is a public university, Michigan is currently the most expensive in the country (tuition wise), for out-of-state students.


  10. University of Washington

    The University of Washington is the oldest public university on the west coast. Rainy weather in Seattle will keep you focused on your studies at UW. It's Med school and Business schools are among the elite programs in the nation. The university even offers some in state students free tuition.


If you are considering online colleges, consider these top 10 schools:

Best Online Colleges
  1. Nova Southeastern University
  2. Regent University
  3. Champlain College
  4. Upper Iowa University
  5. LeTourneau University
  6. Liberty University
  7. Grand Canyon University
  8. Dickinson State University
  9. Salem International University
  10. Keiser University

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Best College News Sites

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Here are some of the top rated college newspapers in the country. Many of these daily publications are independent and historically established. An RSS feed for college news (if available) is also listed on each entry.
  1. Yale - Yale Daily News

    aka YDN, the Yale Daily News has been up and running since 1878. YDN is published 5 days a week (monday - friday) during the academic year. RSS feed


  2. University of Arizona - Arizona Daily Wildcat

    Published daily during the spring and fall semesters and weekly during the summer months. RSS feed


  3. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - The Daily Tar Heel

    One of the first college newspapers to go online. RSS feed


  4. Howard - The Hilltop

    The Hilltop is the first and only daily newspaper at a Historically Black College or University in the United States. RSS feed


  5. University of Penn - The Daily Pennsylvanian

    Has a staff of more than 250 students. RSS feed


  6. University of Georgia - The Red and Black

    RSS feed


  7. University of Maryland – College Park - The Diamondback

    Receives annual advertising revenues of over $1 million. RSS feed


  8. Harvard - The Harvard Crimson

    Claims to be one of the oldest daily college news publications. RSS feed


  9. Indiana - Bloomington - Indiana Daily Student

  10. University of Texas - Austin - The Daily Texan

    One of the largest college newspapers with a circulation of about 30,000. The Daily Texan also produces a daily podcast.

 
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Princeton Library joins Google Books

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Princeton University helps create an online digital library

Soon there may be no need to visit your local library, as Google tries to put books online.Google Book Search

A new partnership between the Princeton University Library and Google soon will make approximately 1 million books in Princeton's collection available online in a searchable format.

The library will work with Google over the next six years to digitize books that are in the public domain and no longer under copyright.

The partnership is part of the Google Books Library Project, which digitizes books from major libraries and makes it possible for Internet users to search the collections through Google Book Search.

"Generations of Princeton librarians have devoted themselves to building a remarkable collection of books in thousands of subjects and dozens of languages," University Librarian Karin Trainer said.

"Having the portion of that collection not covered by copyright available online will make it easier for Princeton students and faculty to do research, and joining the Google partnership allows us to share our collection with researchers worldwide, a step very much in keeping with the University's unofficial motto of Princeton in the nation's service and in the service of all nations."

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Most Popular College

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UCLA is the most popular college
UCLA is the most popular College
UCLA is the nation’s most popular college

However, when considering online colleges, the University of Phoenix is the most popular with over 300,000 students.

More than 50,000 High School Seniors Applied for admission for Fall of 2007, making UCLA the most popular university.

Of course the University of California – Los Angeles campus could not house a class size that large, making admissions difficult and strict.

UCLA’s popularity is still increasing as it is considered one of the best colleges to attend.

Applications increased 7.1 percent at UCLA, while applications for the entire University of California system were up 5.3 percent for the 2007 school year.

The fall 2007 freshmen class will be admitted using the “holistic approach”, which was adopted in the fall of 2006 by the faculty Committee for Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools and approved by the UCLA Academic Senate.

In the past, applications were reviewed in sections, with two readers reviewing academics and a third reader reviewing personal achievements and life challenges. Under the holistic approach, each application is read and considered in its entirety by two readers.

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Google Books Library Project

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Google Book Search The World Wide Web is one step closer to accessing free online digital books.

Google and Libraries at the University of Texas have announced a partnership to put books in digital form and make them available online.

Other national libraries involved in the Google Books Library Project include:

The multi-year project was started in December 2004. With the help of the University of Texas Libraries, Google will digitize at least one million volumes from collections.

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Hardest Colleges to get into

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Here is a compiled list of the 10 hardest universities to get accepted into.

Many of these highly selective colleges are private Ivy League schools as well as others that have a long standing in U.S. History and are mostly located in Northeastern United States.


  1. MIT
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    The admissions rate for freshmen in 2006 was 12.7% and graduate school admissions was a little less selective at 22% of 15,007 applications.

  2. Princeton
    Princeton is a private university located in Princeton, New Jersey. It is one of eight Ivy league schools and the 4th oldest university in the nation. Princeton, which always ranks as one of the top universities in the U.S., only accepted 10.2% (1792 students) of 17,563 applicants in 2006. Princeton is also known as one of the most beautiful college campuses.

  3. Harvard
    Harvard is the oldest U.S. University in operation and is considered to be one of the best colleges to attend. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard had an overall undergraduate acceptance rate for 2006 at 9.3%. The median score on the SAT I was 1495 out of 1600 for the class of 2009.

  4. Brown
    Brown University is a private Ivy League school located in Providence, Rhode Island. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2010 was 12.6%, making it one of the lowest in the nation. About 15 percent of the students in the admissions class graduated number one or number two in their high school classes.

  5. Yale
    Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut founded in 1701. It is an Ivy League School and the third oldest in the nation. The university has produced many US presidents and has the 2nd highest endowment of US Universities. In 2006, Yale had the lowest admissions rate ever of all Ivy League Schools at 8.6% of 21,000 applicants. With a tough admissions rate, you better know how to get in.

  6. California Institute of Technology
    CalTech is a private university located in Pasadena, California. While it only has about 2100 students, it is still considered a top 10 school. One out of every thousand alumni has received the Nobel Prize.

  7. Stanford
    Stanford is a private school located at the heart of the Silicon Valley in California. Having one of the best business schools, many Tech startups have emerged from the classes of Stanford University. It has one of the largest campuses in the nation. In 2006, Stanford admitted 10.8% of 22,223 applicants, which was the lowest in Stanford history.

  8. Washington University – St. Louis
    Washington University in St. Louis is a private university located in St. Louis, Missouri. The business school, The Olin School of Business, is one of the top business colleges in the nation.

  9. Penn
    The University of Pennsylvania is a private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn, an Ivy League school, was founded by Ben Franklin. In its most recent admissions class, Penn admitted 17.7% of 20,479 applicants. Penn is also known to have one of the best law school programs.

  10. Columbia
    Columbia University is a private university located in Manhattan. First established by the Church of England, it is one of eight Ivy League Schools.

Looking for something a bit easier?

Consider these colleges that are easy to get into:
Weber State University
Evergreen State College
University of Texas - El Paso
University of Wyoming
Utah State University

Good Colleges for B Students

If you are considering an online degree, be sure to check out these online schools that have a high acceptance rate:
American InterContinental University
Capella University
Kaplan University


 
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