The United States is a complicated and often misunderstood place. It gets a bad rap for things that are often quite trivial and it gets ignored in areas that are often quite significant. For example, 50 of the top 100 universities in the world are in the US. How can this be? It’s the land of the dumb and geographically unintelligent right? Well, wrong. The fact is that Americans aren’t quite as dumb as people make them out to be. Why else would more foreign students go study there than any other place in the world? Those universities are verifiable powerhouses of knowledge. And many of those students end up sticking around, starting families, and settling down. And yes, they become American. So the fact that American education is poor is not very accurate. Furthermore, each of the 50 states has its own education system, some good, some bad, all very different. Where American universities could improve, however, is in the cost. There is a legitimate problem when it comes to the finances. And that is why, if you stick around to the end, we’ll offer some legitimate advice that many people have already taken advantage of. These are 25 things that most people don’t know about universities in the United States.
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Unlike many other countries, there is not much difference between the words "college" and "university" in the US. They are fairly interchangeable.
Although it's becoming more expected, not everyone needs college. Famous dropouts include Steve Jobs, Woody Allen, and Kate Beckinsale
The Ivy League is an athletic conference. It was named because the member schools had ivy growing on their walls.
Oberlin College was the first college to grant degrees to women in 1841
Harvard is the oldest college in the country. It is also the first corporation in the United States.
The largest academic library in America can be found in Harvard (nearly 14 million volumes). Yale is second (almost 10 million volumes)
In early days, colleges sometimes accepted tuition payments in the form of sheep and cotton instead of currency
More women graduate from university than men
Most foreign students come from India, China, and South Korea
UCLA (University of California in Los Angeles) has the highest percentage of foreign students while New York University in NYC comes second
An individual with a Bachelor's degree earns 60% more (on average) than an individual with only a high school diploma over the course of their lifetime (this equates to roughly $800,000)
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