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School Student Fined $1K and Has Diploma Withheld for Wearing Eagle Feather in Graduation Cap as Symbol of Her Native American Heritage

A high school student claims she has been fined $1,000 and had her diploma withheld for wearing an eagle feather in her graduation cap as
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Homeless Valedictorian Chelsea Fearce Won't Give Up

Georgia teen Chelsea Fearce graduated at the top of her Charles Drew High School class despite being homeless for most of her high school career. “I...
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Duke University BSAI 'elevated' for 50th anniversary of integration

This year’s Black Student Alliance Invitational aimed for a more elevated tone in honor of the 50th anniversary of Duke’s integration. The annual weekend-long event, designed...
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The Most Popular Liberal Arts Colleges

One of the best indicators of a school's popularity among students is the school's yield--the percentage of applicants accepted by a college ...

Law School Admission Trends

There's a lot going on at this time of year, and in today's post I'd like to give you a heads-up on a few different...

Report: More Government Involvement Needed in College Search Process

Prospective students and their parents need more and far better information—particularly about outcomes—in order to help them decide the best school to attend...

Executives, Policymakers Want More Technology in Classrooms

No matter their overarching ideological differences, prominent CEOs, state politicians, and noteworthy political figures found common ground when they gathered in Washington this week to...

8 Steps for Learning Disabled Students Who Want to Go to College

Most of the 3 percent or so of teens who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities struggle so much in their high school classes that...

Network for Your Tuition

As states and charities cut back on financial aid, Web entrepreneurs are developing new social networking sites that enable students to post pictures and profiles...

4 Steps to Maximize Your College Savings

The looming Congressional bickering over expiring tax breaks, along with negligible interest rates on safe Treasury bonds, are causing dilemmas for parents hoping to find...

Resources for College Savers

Figuring out which colleges will help your child prosper can be difficult because each college claims to be uniquely better than all others. Luckily, figuring...

U.S. News Heads to Singapore to Discuss College Rankings

College rankings are truly a global phenomenon. Academics at Asian universities have shown a considerable interest in discussing both national and global rankings....

M.B.A. Programs Are Biting Apple's iPad

Those who have taken a five minute break from their holiday shopping at an Apple Store to play a piano, gaze at constellations , or...

Job Prospects for New College Graduates

My daughter, who is a Spanish major, will be graduating from college in the spring and like many college seniors, she is stressing...

Know What You're Getting Into

I am proud to be a lawyer and I am proud to help other people reach their dream of becoming a lawyer. However, there...

3 Ways the Government Overestimates Your Ability to Pay for College

"Where do they think we'll get this money from?"  Parents who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, are often shocked by...

5 Tips to Avoid Depression in College

For many freshmen, watching their parents drive away on the first day of college is a moment of unabashed excitement over the newfound sense of...

NACAC Issues First Report on Best Colleges Rankings

The National Association for College Admission Counseling surveyed its members on attitudes toward U.S. News's Best Colleges rankings; recently the NACAC/U.S. ...

StraighterLine Offers Cheap, Unaccredited College Credits Online

Most college freshmen at major state schools pay upward of $5,000 annually in tuition and fees alone. And those enrolled at some of the largest...

Transfer Students: 8 Things You Need to Know

Most of the attention during this admission season is on high school seniors, which means transfer students often get lost in the shuffle. ...

8 Big Changes to College Admissions in 2010 and 2011

Colleges, swamped by applications from increasingly anxious high schoolers, are changing their admissions rules to weed out applicants who try to game the...

Where CEOs at America's Largest Companies Went to College

Many universities that are highly ranked by U.S.News & World Report have yielded a significant number of chief executives at the nation's largest corporations.  An analysis...

U.S. News Attends Rankings Conferences in Asia

I have just returned from two international conferences in Asia. The first one, International Trends in University Rankings and Its Impact on Higher...

10 Tips for Getting Financial Aid for College

Tight economy. College tuition increasing at 6 percent a year. More and more, the ability to go to college depends on how much financial...

Why I Picked Swarthmore College

The engineering program may have put Swarthmore College on my radar, but it took more than strong academics to make me fall in love with...

Why I Picked Tuskegee University

The founder and first president of Tuskegee University, Booker T. Washington, often said that students should be taught "to study actual things instead of mere...

Why I Picked University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The University of Massachusetts has anything and everything you could want in a college at almost half the cost of comparable private schools—provided you think...

Why I Picked St. Mary's College of Maryland

When I was first looking at colleges, St. Mary's College of Maryland wasn't on my list. It wasn't until I received a scholarship that gave...

6 College Admissions Tips for Artistic Students

If your child wants to major in musical theater or some other performing art, go ahead and blame it on Glee, American Idol...

College Living Prices Rise Faster Than Inflation

While some recent improvements in federal financial aid have reduced the pain of skyrocketing tuition prices, the total cost of a year at a typical...

Endowment Rebound Reduces Need for College Layoffs

The pressure on many private colleges to cut budgets and lay off staff will likely ease now that college endowments have regained much of the...

The Nonprofit Approach to Online Education

While well-known, for-profit online schools—such as University of Phoenix and Kaplan University—are enduring scathing criticism and ever-tightening restrictions from regulators, Western Governors University, the nation's...

Endowment Rebound Reduces Need for College Layoffs

The pressure on many private colleges to cut budgets and lay off staff will likely ease now that college endowments have regained much of the...

Best Colleges: Ethnic Diversity Among Top Schools

Many prospective college students and their parents believe that an ethnically diverse student body enhances the education of every pupil on campus. A university is...

Best Colleges: Campus Ethnic Diversity

Many prospective college students and their parents believe that an ethnically diverse student body enhances the education of every pupil on campus. A university is...

Best Colleges: Economic Diversity

Economic diversity is important to prospective students who want to know what the composition of the student body actually is on campus. To determine economic...

Best Colleges: Most International Students

These schools boast the largest percentage of international students in their undergraduate student bodies. This data is from the 2009-2010 school year. Below are the lists,...

Best Colleges: Economic Diversity Among Top Schools

Economic diversity is important to prospective students who want to know what the composition of the student body actually is on campus. To determine economic...

Best Colleges: Best Value Rankings

Which colleges are best buys? Which colleges are the ones where you get the highest quality education for the lowest price? Which top-ranked colleges provide...

Why Saving for College Won't Kill Your Chances for Financial Aid

Is your family going to qualify for financial aid? Many families I talk to assume that they won't qualify for financial aid. Why are...

Online Universities: Government Cracks Down on For-Profit Schools

Starting next year, for-profit schools, including some of the nation's biggest online colleges—like the University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, and Strayer University—will have to provide...