Category Archives: College Trivia

College Profile : Yale University

Yale University

Simply put, Yale University is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the country, perhaps even in the world. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, Yale was originally established to train clergymen for the colony and known as the “Collegiate School for Publick Employment in Both Church & Civil State.” Today, more than three centuries later, Yale has not only produced outstanding clergymen (see Jonathan Edwards), but also 49 Nobel Laureates, 5 U.S. Presidents, and 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Yale provides is known for its excellent liberal arts education and bears upon its crest … Continue reading

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College Admissions – The University of Texas at Austin

Longhorn

Founded in 1883, the University of Texas is easily one of the most recognizable and well regarded institutions of higher learning in the world. Ranking nationally and internationally in just about every department, admission to the University of Texas – Austin is surprisingly competitive for a state school; their acceptance rate is right around 50%. One reason admission is so competitive is what is called the “Top 10% Rule;” this refers to Texas House Bill 588, which guarantees any Texas high school graduate in the top 10% of their class automatic admission to the public Texas university of their choice. … Continue reading

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The Advantage of a College Degree

In times of economic uncertainty, it is still empirically evident that a Bachelor's degree is still a safe investment.

There are many reasons to pursue a higher education, but rarely are those reasons so clearly expressed as they are in the statistical data and recent report released by The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. After reviewing this report, College Compass is proud to present a concise and informative summary of the most important reasons to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. We hope you all enjoy our presentation, and encourage you to comment if you have any thoughts or questions! The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce recently released a study detailing the benefits of a … Continue reading

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Northwestern University is all Smiles with the Happiness Club

Smiley Face

For many college students, stress and frustration from deadlines and rigorous academics are part of life. If you are looking for a university that eases the tension, Northwestern University just might be for you. Walking through campus, you may notice students dishing out “free hugs” and sharing smiley face stickers. This is because students on campus have united to form the Happiness Club. With lemonade stands, hot chocolate booths, silent dance parties, and bubbles, the Happiness Club aims to alleviate collegiate stress and build a stronger community. The official vision of the Happiness Club is: to “try to foster a … Continue reading

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Georgetown University – Where the Trekkies Flock

Star Trek

Who knew Star Trek would make it into the college classroom? While some might find philosophy a bit too dull, Georgetown University has taken a new spin on the classic subject. The class “Philosophy and Star Trek” considers questions of merit: Is it possible to travel back in time? How are the body and brain connected? What is free will, and do humans have it? Georgetown is more than a haven for the Star Trek obsessed; it’s a medium-sized, private university that’s tough to get into. Georgetown is considered a very selective school, as only 18% of applicants are admitted. … Continue reading

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College Trivia: Round 7 (It’s Play Time!)

Clark Univ Logo

Question: At what university does studying stop for a magical day filled with carnival games and rides? Answer: Clark University. If that doesn’t sell you on Clark I don’t know what will! Each year the university sanctions a day (“Spree Day”) in which classes are spontaneously canceled. Rather than studying, students are encouraged to enjoy the entertainment on the campus Green which is converted into a carnival with amusement rides! If you are interested in Clark University, here are some of the other things that may make it appealing (besides, of course, a school tradition based on pure fun!). Clark … Continue reading

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College Trivia: Round 6

Ivy League Logo

Question: Which 8 colleges make up the “Ivy League?” Answer: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. The term Ivy League refers to 8, east-coast universities highly regarded for their academic rigor, impressive standards, and history. These schools are some of the oldest universities in the nation, and they got their Ivy title from a New York Herald Tribune sports writer, as they all competed in the same athletic conference. The term stuck, and today high school students everywhere aspire to enter the gates of these esteemed institutions – but for their academics and not their athletics.

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College Trivia: Round 5

conan obrian

Question: Which late night talk show host has an Ivy League college education? Answer: Conan O’Brien That’s right! Conan O’Brien is more than just a funny man. Before capitalizing on his comedic personality, he graduated from Harvard University with degrees in History and American Literature!

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College Trivia: Round 4

Valedictorian Address

Question: When you apply to college, how many U.S. valedictorians do you think you are competing with? (Warning! This number may shock you!) Answer: More than 27,000! Approximately 2.94 million U.S. students graduate from more than 27,000 high schools each year, meaning each college applicant is competing against 27,000 valedictorians, 27,000 salutatorians, 27,000 student government presidents, and 27,000 editors-in-chief. Yikes! Those stats may sound daunting, but don’t let them discourage you! Use all the helpful advice in College Compass to prove you, too, are a stellar candidate! Statistics from: Wissner-Gore, Elizabeth. 2006. What Colleges Don’t Tell You (And Other Parents … Continue reading

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College Trivia: Round 3

freshman 15

Question: The average freshman gains how many pounds during their first year? Answer: Between 4-8 Many freshmen do gain weight during their first year of college, but it may not be as much as the popular term “Freshman 15” indicates. The cliché “Freshman 15” refers to the phenomenon of how students gain weight due to drastic life style changes. While some students may gain the full 15, most students pack on about 4-8 pounds. Why, you might ask? Freshmen are under a lot of stress (and out from their parents’ watch full eyes) as they adjust from life at home … Continue reading

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