Friday, October 15, 2010

Interesting facts about U.S Colleges

1- In the United States, there is little difference between the terms “college” and “university.” However, the term “college” in other countries, such as Canada, refers to a junior college or trade college, where as a “university” is larger, more research focused, and usually contains multiple colleges.

2-Typically, the worst paying majors are Social Work, Theology, Elementary Education, Music, Spanish, Horticulture, Education, Fine Arts, Hospitality/Tourism, and Drama. 

3- The majors with the best pay include Engineering, Economics, and Physics.

4- Harvard Stadium was the first reinforced concrete structure in the world.

5- The word “alumnus” is Latin meaning “a pupil” and, literally, a “foster son.”

6-Famous college dropouts include Reggie Jackson, Steve Jobs, Ben Affleck, Woody Allen, Hans Christian Anderson, Dan Ackroyd, Kate Beckinsale, James Cameron, and Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook).

7- Harvard was named after Reverent Mr. John Harvard. The surname Harvard is cognate with Hereward, literally “army guard.”

8- Yale selects a freshman class of 1,300 from nearly 20,000 applications each year.

9- Harvard is the oldest college in the United States. It is also the first and oldest corporation in the United States.

10- U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the top four national universities as being (1) Harvard University, (2) Princeton, (3) Yale, and (4 - tie) California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, and University of Pennsylvania.

11- The number one country of origin of foreign college students in the United States is India, followed by China and South Korea.

12- he graduation cap was initially a “hood” and is believed to date back to the Celtic time when Druid priests wore capes and hoods to symbolize their intelligence. Historically, academic dress for faculty or students was clerical dress.


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