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The cost of college textbooks has risen 812% in the past 30 years. That’s more than healthcare costs, housing prices, and college tuitions, all of which have risen faster than the rate of inflation. – Source: http://blog.boundless.com/2013/04/the-cost-of-textbooks-is-too-damn-high-so-boundless-made-free-ones/?/
Gender Makeup of Colleges
Nearly 60% of American college students are female; every state but Utah has more women than men in college.
Harvard Grades Suspected
Harvard College is suspected of grade inflation. The median grade is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A.
In 1957, KKK planned to set up a burning cross at a college in Alabama that recently integrated. However, because it was finals week, the students were all in their dorms and heard the KKK outside. The students then attacked the KKK with bats and golf clubs and forced them to retreat.
Spending More on Prison than College
California is spending more on prisoners than colleges according to the data presented in 2011.
Norway, Gas and College
Norway has world’s highest gas prices. Though they have oil reserves, they don’t subsidize fuel and use money to fund free college education and national infrastructure.
The first guest to enter Disneyland was a college student named Dave MacPherson. He didn’t ride a single attraction because he had to get back to school. He was awarded a lifelong ticket to Disneyland (with up to 3 guests). The ticket has since extended to include Disney parks around the world.
Underwater Basket Weaving
When an online college in the US jokingly offered, as an April Fools gag, a course called ‘Underwater Basket Weaving’ (a notorious code for a do-nothing class) the school was forced to apologize for being disrespectful to indigenous cultures.
Largest Stadiums in the World
14 of the world’s 25 largest stadiums belong to American college football teams.
Request for College Funds
In 1987, an 18 year old came up with an idea to raise $28,000 he needed for college. He contacted a newspaper columnist, asking to write his readers a request to send a penny each. Readers sent 90,000 letters and $29,000. He graduated with a Food Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1991.
Triplets in College
In 1980, twins brothers separated at birth ended up going to the same college. When the news caught fire and spread in media, the unthinkable happened and another person called them with adoption papers that all three of them (himself included) were triplets separated at birth.
Million Pixel Web Site
In 2005, in order to pay for college, a student in England made a 1,000,000 pixel webpage and put up the space for sale at $1/pixel. He was successful, selling out in less than 6 months.
Will Work For College
Deep Springs College is a community college that is isolated in the middle of a California Valley at which students live on campus but pay almost nothing, and are instead required to work at least 20 hours a week in jobs such as cook, butcher, or “cowboy”.
Nuclear Reactor at College
There’s a small college in Oregon with its own nuclear reactor, run by undergraduate students. It has more female reactor operators than all the other research reactors in the world combined.
Unknown Tuition Sponsor
An anonymous donor pays for the college education of every student in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Printed or E-Text Books
Surveys in the U.S. & other countries show that college students continue to prefer printed textbooks to electronic ones by wide margins.
Wouldn't Not Allowed to Attend College?
Harvard prof. Dr. Edward Clarke asserted that women should not be allowed to attend college. If young women studied too much, they would divert blood away from the uterus to the brain, rendering themselves “irritable and infertile.”
Theodor Geisel was caught drinking gin as a Dartmouth undergrad and forced to resign from the college humor magazine, so he started contributing under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss.
Two Students In One
In 1927 William Smith, a college student received two enrollment forms for Georgia Tech, and decided to make an imaginary student with the second form. Over the years, the imaginary student has received multiple degrees.
A condom ambulance service will deliver condoms to your dorm door at the College of New Jersey for a small fee.
Facebook Beer Blast
In 2006, police at George Washington University used Facebook to learn about college parties and bust them. To fight back, students set up a beer blast event on Facebook. When the cops showed up, there was no alcohol, but cookies with “Beer” written on them and games of “Cake-pong”.
Star Trek Scholarship
Being a Star Trek fan can get you a $500 college scholarship from an organization called Starfleet.
The college student who discovered that the 27th Amendment was still technically able to be ratified got a ‘C’ on the research paper he wrote about it. The professor said it was “unrealistic”. Ten years later the 27th Amendment was successfully ratified.