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The 24 best public colleges in America

We recently released our seventh annual list of the best colleges in America, which included schools from every corner of the US.

Here, we've narrowed down our results to look at the best public schools in the country.

To determine the rankings, we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose …


What are America’s top 25 universities?

For our seventh annual ranking of the best colleges in America, we asked more than 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best …

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Three Bay Area schools soar near top of a list ranking best colleges in the world

Three Bay Area universities, all less than an hour drive from one another, soar near the top of a list ranking the best 500 universities overall in the world.

Stanford University in Palo Alto holds the No. 2 spot while UC Berkeley trailed closed behind at No. 4. UC San Francisco made the top 20, by …


Does Going to a Selective College Matter?

For many majors, not so much.

It’s a familiar scene, a high-school student anxiously opening an email or letter that hopefully contains good news: admission to his or her college of choice. The ritual has become a recognizable part of American culture, one that plays out in movies and …

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This Is Another Major Blow for NCAA Athletes Looking for Compensation

Northwestern University football players' effort to unionize has been shut down.

In April of 2014, the Northwestern University football team held a vote to decide if they wanted to unionize or not. Today, over a year later, the National Labor Relations Board ruled unanimously that regardless of the …

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10 best cities in the world to be a student

What factors make a city desirable for students? According to QS Best Student Cities Index, which highlights the world’s top 50 cities to study in, …


Is online education reaching the masses?

The online education market has come a long way. The days of corporations offering e-learning modules are long gone, and now Massive Open Online …


Hillary Clinton rolls out plan to help college students who are parents - The Washington Post

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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Hillary Rodham Clinton rolled out the newest piece of her $350 billion plan to make college more affordable on Friday, proposing expanded assistance for college students who are also parents.

The proposal, which the Democratic presidential front-runner …

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Which university has the strongest international outlook?

The effects of globalisation have been felt in all areas over the past few decades, and universities haven’t been exempt.The Times Higher Education …

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The Pension Crisis at Public Universities

Benefits for retirees could ratchet up tuition costs.

The Southern Illinois University history professor Steve Hansen didn’t need an academic analysis to tell him his retirement income was at risk in a state struggling to narrow an estimated $111 billion shortfall in its public-employee pension …

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College affordability in 2016: debt-free v tuition-free, explained

What’s this I hear about debt-free college? Hillary Clinton spoke in front of a crowd of about 600 people on Monday in Exeter, New Hampshire, and announced her plan to make college more affordable.

Wait a minute. Affordable ... or free? Well, that depends on who you are. Under the Democratic …

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A College Without Classes

No need to sit through lectures when you can learn what you need on your own and then get tested on how much you know.

MANCHESTER, Mich.—Had Daniella Kippnick followed in the footsteps of the hundreds of millions of students who have earned university degrees in the past millennium, she might be …


Clinton's student debt reforms help families, cost taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan to make college more affordable and ease the burden of student debt could easily end up costing more than her proposed $350 billion.

Clinton's plan essentially shifts more of the financial burden of college from students and their families to …


How Going To College Could Change Under Hillary Clinton's New Plan

This week Hillary Clinton released a big, complicated campaign proposal she calls the New College Compact. It's stuffed with ideas that have been brought up by other presidential candidates, both to the left and the right: free tuition (Bernie Sanders); debt-free college (Martin O'Malley); more …

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Why Lowering Student Loan Interest Rates Isn't A Game Changer

Everyone knows student debt is growing. College costs are growing. Student debt delinquencies are rising. And now Hillary Clinton has her own plan for how to stem that tide of financial problems for college graduates.

On Monday, Clinton released a package of ideas aimed at helping Americans handle …


Study shows college textbook prices up an insane 1,041% since 1977

Do you want food or do you want books? Because if you're a college student, you might be making that choice when school starts.

According to a study of Bureau of Labor Statistics by NBC, college textbook prices have gone up 1,041 percent since 1977. That's over three times the rate of inflation.


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Obama administration extends Pell grants to prisoners

A group of inmates will get access to federal financial aid funding to help them pay for higher education while behind bars.

JESSUP, Md.—The first time Glenn Martin ever considered going to college was when he entered prison in 2000. A corrections counselor took a look at Martin’s grades and …

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How Post-Collegiate Life In Scandinavia Compares To The U.S.

Does a tuition-free college experience make for a Scandinavian utopia? A closer look at the lives of postgrads reveals a more nuanced answer.

In any discussion of quality-of-life policies, Scandinavian countries inevitably come up. For many years, countries like Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, …


Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the …

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The Debate Over Free Community College

New programs in Oregon and Tennessee face praise and scrutiny about which students they actually benefit.

This fall, Cesar Sanchez, 18, will do something he never thought possible.

He’ll enroll at Southwest Tennessee Community College through a state program called Tennessee Promise, which lets …

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Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago, students with disabilities are still punished at disproportionate rates.

A quarter-century ago, on July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act to give people with disabilities equal access to services …


This Is What It's Like to Be Homeless in University

I was at a bar awhile back with some of my university friends, sharing beers and relaxing, when a homeless man approached us. He had a deck of cards, and was trying to entertain us for money. Everyone laughed him off, making the usual jokes about homeless people trying to bum change for drugs. I …


What Happens When Struggling High-Schoolers Take College Classes

Encouraging teens to complete higher-ed credits gives them a better shot at getting a degree.

High schools across the country are taking what might seem like a counterintuitive approach to educating some of their most at-risk students.

They’re enrolling them in college before they even graduate from …

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Want your kids to go to college and get a job? Make sure they learn how to share in kindergarten.

Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.

Kids who get along well with others also are less likely to have substance-abuse problems and run-ins with the …


Paypal Co-founder New Lending Startup Affirm Gets Into Student Loans For Coding Bootcamps

Affirm, the lending startup co-founded by Max Levchin, is breaking into student loans for coding, design and business bootcamps from General Assembly, Bloc, Kaplan’s Dev Bootcamp and Metis. The company, which raised $275 million this past spring, is branching out from its initial market in online …


S.F., San Jose rated among best American college towns

The American Institute of Economic Research rated San Francisco and San Jose as two of America's top college destinations in their latest index.

The College Destinations Index, which ranks cities and towns based on "12 key criteria that impact learning experiences across America," rated San Jose as …

GOP Candidates Compete in For-Profit College Primary

As the 2012 GOP nomination contest neared the critical Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney was asked by the Ames Tribune's editorial board what he planned to do about higher education. Romney's response was crystal-clear: He liked for-profit colleges, especially a Florida school called Full Sail University. …

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Martin O’Malley Unveils Debt-Free College Plan

He criticized a rival plan from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley unveiled a plan on Wednesday to make an education at public universities debt-free in the next five years, then used it to attack a rival’s plan to make public college free.

The former …

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20 colleges whose graduates earn the most

Education and career data site StartClass looked at thousands of colleges across the country to identify those whose graduates earn the highest median salaries upon graduation. It used its Smart Rating of each school—which factors in financial affordability, career readiness, selectivity, expert …