Here’s an idea: What if colleges made places similar to the cat houses in japan, where homeless animals could be taken in, and for a fee people can go in and play with the animals. They could make it a relaxing environment where students can study with a furry friend by their side, or unwind. The animals would be pretty much working for their own food, and they could do some kind of volunteer credit for campus students that want to help.

If at least half of the colleges in America did this, so many animals could be saved. 

Calling students! Microsoft is giving away a FREE download of Office 365 to qualifying schools (Try this direct link if that does not take you to the student page). You’ll need to enter your school email to see if your school qualifies. If you do, then you’ll be able to install Microsoft Office to up to 5 computers (even Macs!) and mobile devices. You’ll be able to download the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher. More details can be found in their announcement post here. Hurry though, this awesome freebie is valid for a limited time only. My university was eligible :D Be sure to spread the word, so all of us students can take advantage of this free software! 

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Chegg: www.chegg.com
Database for scholarships and purchase/rental of textbooks. Very helpful for college students!

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Find scholarships, colleges, financial aid information, etc. here. 

FastWeb: www.fastweb.com
Over 400,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. Customized search based on your personal information and achievements. 

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58% of American colleges are limiting free speech — and one lawsuit is hoping to win it back

We expect to hear stories on repressing freedom of speech in countries like Russia, not in the U.S. But right here in the land of the free, American universities, the pillars of protest movements and open dialogue, are suppressing free speech.

In response, the first-ever coordinated legal battle against U.S. universities was filed on Tuesday in four states as part of the “Stand Up for Speech” litigation project. Three-fifths of public colleges violate the First Amendment by imposing free speech policies on their campuses.

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Colleges will always have freshmen, and freshmen will always find increasingly stupid ways to embarrass the rest of the campus. It’s the circle of collegiate life. As such, we’ve put together a series of predictions to help you better prepare yourself for this academic onslaught of inexperience.

Finish reading —> 8 Freshman Predictions We Really Hope Don’t Come True For You

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Our Top 10 Fashion Colleges 

Ever heard the saying “You know when you know?” Usually it pertains to love or finding ‘the one.’ Well, the same is with college, you have to find the one after so many choices but you will know when you know! 

1. Parsons, The New School of Design 

Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion studies, Fashion Marketing

Students: undergrads, 4,191; graduate, 555

Tuition: $38,510

Alumni: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narisco Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, Anna Sui, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung (only to name a few.)

Fun Fact: Parsons is an aspiring fashion designer’s dream! I’m sure you know of Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan and their amazing collections. Well, how would you like it if they were your teacher for a couple days? These events are common in the New York City’s best design school. They have collaborations with the fashion house LVMH. 

2. Fashion Institute of Technology

Programs: anything from fashion merchandising to media arts

Students: 10,386

Tuition: $5,168 for NYC residents, $13,550 out-of-state

Alumni: Reem Acra, Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Nanette Lepore

Fun Fact: I visited FIT in the Fall and it was an extremely impressive school. Your career after FIT is pretty much set up for you after you graduate. You will definitely leave will a job. 

3. Pratt

Programs: Fashion design

Students: 2,100

Tuition: $37,500

Alumni: Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson

Fun Fact: It is an up-and-coming design school located in Brooklyn, New York. It is part of a larger art school and is one of the few design programs that offer fashion editorializing and magazine publishing. 

4. Kent State University

Programs: Design and Merchandising 

Students: 18,000; 800 are fashion students

Tuition: Ohio resident: $9,030, for out-of-state, $16,900

Fun Fact: They have a garment center in NYC and is starting to become quite famous. They have a huge endowment, study abroad programs in Paris and Milan. You will be able to study fashion and get a full college experience. 

5. Academy of Art 

Programs: Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Fashion Journalism and Fashion Merchandising and Marketing

Students: 17,000; 2,700 are fashion

Tuition: $17,760

Fun Fact: Located in sunny San Francisco and have a show in New York Fashion Week. 

6. The Savannah College of Art and Design 

Programs: Fashion design, Fashion Marketing and Management, Accessories Design

Students: 9,800; 940 fashion students

Tuition: $30,510

Fun Fact: Only school to have Luxury and Fashion Management program. And it’s not only a fashion school but, an excellent art college. Located in Savannah, Georgia.

7. Drexel Univeristy

Programs: Fashion Design, Design and Merchandising 

Students: 2,800 art and design students, 120 fashion students, 260 Design and Merchandising

Tuition: $39,700

Fun Fact: Philadelphia’s university also offers a sophomore year opportunity when you can study abroad in London School of Fashion, and many alumni have gotten successful jobs in France in their field. 

8. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising 

Programs: Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Costume Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, Merchandising (Fashion & Beauty Programs)

Students: 8,000

Tuition: $27,000-$36,000 depending on area of study

Alumni: Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Skaist-Levy

Fun Fact: Los Angeles’s has beauty programs and is in the heart of the city of angels. 

9. California College of the Arts 

Programs: Fashion Design, Textiles, Jewelry Design 

Students: 1,640; 65 fashion students 

Tuition: $36,960

Fun Fact: This college has two locations; one in San Francisco and one in Oakland, California. This is a CFDA affiliated school and is known for their prestigious awards and the fashion world’s favoritism. 

10. Labratory Institute of Merchandising

Programs: International Business, Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing and Management 

Students: 1,508

Tuition: $23,070

Almuni: Rea Laccone, CEO of Vince 

Fun Fact: New York City’s college requires internships three out of the four years. Freshman and sophomore years required 300 hours of retail. They have several concentrations of many jobs that will be helpful in many fields. 

A popular student center at Northwestern University is the latest college campus facility to embrace gender-neutral bathrooms.

New to campus this fall will be a pair of such restrooms — sometimes called “all-gender” restrooms — at the school’s Norris University Center.

"These are two gender-open bathrooms where students of any gender can go in, and use the restroom, and feel safe, regardless of gender expression or gender identity,"Michelle Margulis, president of NU’s Rainbow Alliance LGBT student group told CBS Chicago.

The number of gender-neutral bathrooms has grown in just the past few years, incity-run facilitiesworkplaces and, most commonly, college campuses. There are more than 150 schools across the U.S. that have gender-neutral bathrooms, according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s LGBTQ organization The Stonewall Center.

Just this month, Illinois State University re-labeled their “all family” restrooms to “all-gender,” a move Michael Shane McCreery of the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics and Access said “evidences the university’s efforts to have an inclusive environment.”

In Northwestern’s case, installing a non-gendered bathroom was out of consideration for the comfort of non-gender conforming students rather than safety concerns, Margulis said.

Still, safety and access concerns are what commonly prompt schools to adopt gender-neutral bathrooms. According to the Transgender Law Center, non-binary or trans students have been barred from using the restrooms at their schools while others have been attacked or harassed in restrooms of malls and grocery stores.

Forcing trans or non-binary students to use a traditionally gendered restroom “repeatedly ‘outs’ them to other students or employees and stigmatizes them daily by singling them out and prevents them from having critical peer experiences,” Sasha Buchert, staff attorney for the Transgender Law Center, told HuffPost via email. “Trans and gender nonconforming students should be focusing on their education or getting their job done well, and not about which bathroom they can use.”

Activists maintain the goal is not to make bathrooms “just” for trans and non-binary people, but to make spaces that are safe and accommodating for everyone. Disability rights activists have also come out in support of gender-neutral bathrooms, which typically feature a lockable single-stall unit that has better accessibility for people with disabilities — especially those who may also require help from an assistant or family member who is not of the same gender.

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Probably my favorite college acceptance reaction video of all time.

If you have an Amazon Student account, you can enter the Amazon Student Scholarship. FIFTY Amazon Student members will receive a $5,000 scholarship and $500 Amazon gift card. If you’re not a member, you can have a FREE 6-month Amazon Student trial with your college email. You’ll also get 6-months of free 2-day shipping on Amazon as well. You have until November 20th to apply for this scholarship. Good luck!

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Under pressure to turn out more students, more quickly and for less money, and to tie graduates’ skills to workforce needs, higher-education institutions and policy makers have been busy reducing the number of required credits, giving credit for life experience, and cutting some courses, while putting others online.

“We are creating Walmarts of higher education—convenient, cheap, and second-rate…”

Ward calls it the “McDonaldization” of universities and colleges, “where you produce more things, but they’re not as good…” (read more)

not only is college “education,” or schooling, expensive, leaving millions of people in billions of dollars in debt in total, many institutions of higher “education” are simply tools by the oppressors to keep us brainwashed and to mold our thinking and behavior so that we can perpetuate the very same systems of oppression that keep us down.

What Assata Shakur said in her autobiography on education is on point:

The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education yo need to overthrow them…As long as we expect amerika’s schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.

what is a bachelor’s degree to a revolution?

Colleges are not very happy with the Obama administration’s new plan to introduce a federal rating system to the nation’s secondary education system. And they’re even less happy about the idea of education being rated like, as Education Department Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley put it, “a blender.”

The Obama administration believes the rating system will be a viable solution to alert students to underperforming schools that are sucking up more and more of the public’s money. And it has the end goal of making college more affordable for students, as well as funneling them into programs that provide a better value for the dollar.

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