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9 Most Stressful Colleges

Getting your college applications done, hearing back from schools, and ultimately enrolling will lift a big weight off of your shoulders, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. The college experience itself, while a fun and happy time in most co-eds’ opinions, can also be stressful. You’re dealing with a far more intense course load and the always-troubling challenge called “time management”.

But some schools, according to Newsweek, have it worse than others. Based on cost, competitiveness, acceptance rates, engineering (this was a little unclear…perhaps because engineering programs are some of the most stressful?) and crime on campus, the list of the colleges with the most stressed-out students was assembled:

1. Columbia University
Total cost: $53,874
Tuition rank: 2nd
Acceptance rate rank: 7th
Competitiveness rank: 4th
Engineering rank: 14th
Crime rank: 7th

2. Stanford University
Total cost: $52,048
Tuition rank: 16th
Acceptance rate rank: 1st
Competitiveness rank: 5th
Engineering rank: 2nd
Crime rank: 8th

3. Harvard University
Total cost: $50,723
Tuition rank: 24th
Acceptance rate rank: 1st
Competitiveness rank: 1st
Engineering rank: 16th
Crime rank: 2nd

4. University of Pennsylvania
Total cost: $51,944
Tuition rank: 17th
Acceptance rate rank: 10th
Competitiveness rank: 6th
Engineering rank: 20th
Crime rank: 5th

5. Washington University in St. Louis
Total cost: $53,310
Tuition rank: 4th
Acceptance rate rank: 17th
Competitiveness rank: 14th
Engineering rank: 36th
Crime rank: 3rd

6. University of Chicago
Total cost: $54,194
Tuition rank: 1st
Acceptance rate rank: 14th
Competitiveness rank: 11th
Engineering rank: 50th
Crime rank: 13

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Total cost: $50,446
Tuition rank: 25th
Acceptance rate rank: 7th
Competitiveness rank: 8th
Engineering rank: 1st
Crime rank: 4th

8. Vanderbilt University
Total cost: $52,988
Tuition rank: 6th
Acceptance rate rank: 12th
Competitiveness rank: 18th
Engineering rank: 28th
Crime rank: 15th

9. Northwestern University
Total cost: $52,463
Tuition rank: 12th
Acceptance rate rank: 23rd
Competitiveness rank: 12th
Engineering rank: 18th
Crime rank: 16th

Are you in college? On a scale of 1 to 10, how stressful has it been (1 being not at all, 10 being CRAZZZZY stressful).

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10 Colleges with the Best Health Services

With all the excitement of your college search, it’s difficult to have the foresight that you might wind up under the weather a few times during your college career.

Without your usual network of chicken soup providers not around you, getting to know your university’s health services before you’re actually in dire need, is a smart idea. Take a visit to the university’s student health services facility so you can, for one thing, know where exactly it’s located on campus, and also how it works.

Here’s a list, according to the Princeton Review, of the top ten colleges with the best health services:

1. University of California – Los Angeles
Quick fact: Located near Hollywood, the UCLA campus has been featured in countless films including Legally Blonde, Old School, The Nutty Professor, Erin Brockovich, and American Pie 2.

2. Whitman College
Quick fact: Whitman College is located in Walla Walla, Washington, which is kinda super really fun to say.

3. West Point
Quick fact: The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to tons of historic sites, buildings, and monuments.

4. University of Texas Austin
Quick fact: Austin has the largest urban bat population in America. So watch out for vampires [insert spooky noises].

5. Pennsylvania State University
Quick fact: The university’s total enrollment in 2009-10 was approximately 94,300 across its 24 campuses.

6. Georgia Institute of Technology
Quick fact: The educational institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States.

7. University of Pittsburgh
Quick fact: Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, Pitt is among a select group of universities and colleges established in the 18th century in the United States.

8. Susquehanna University
Quick fact: Nearly 20 percent of the undergraduate student population is active in Greek life on campus.

9. University of Georgia
Quick fact:  As a member of the Southeastern Conference, the University of Georgia Bulldogs have won thirty-seven national championships and 130 conference championships.

10. University of Florida 
Quick fact: The university is the sixth largest single-campus university in the United States by student population.

Do college students pay enough attention to their health? What’s your opinion? Leave a comment below!


University Bans Homework Over Break

homeworkstressBreak is awesome.

But more often than not, even with a week or two off of school, you’re still stuck bringing your organic chemistry book to the beach or writing your paper for Medieval history in the car on your eight hour road trip to Mardi Gras.  In short, sometimes a school break is not really a break from school.

Things might be changing though for Ivy League school, Cornell University.  The Cornell Daily Sun writes that the university’s faculty senate has proposed a ban on last-minute homework assigned right before break and due right after.   While some professors argue that small homework assignments have no relation to Cornell college students’ mental health issues, others, including Professor David Delchamps finds that “several small assignments can amount to a stressful time commitment for students on break.”

Professors might find their assignments not stressful, but with several different assignments from different classes, it adds up and affects students.

Would you like this type of proposal implemented at your college?