slides: Her Campus Ranks MA’s Betchiest, Geekiest Colleges + More
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
These are not your guidance counselor's college rankings.
From the tuned in minds from Her Campus comes the latest college rankings to hit the airwaves--and plenty of Massachusetts colleges made the funny-but-telling listings. With a team of more than 3,000 students at more than 200 colleges and universities contributing to the popular site, Her Campus is able to tap a considerable vein. So here come the rankings. Is your campus on here?
#6 Biggest Troublemakers
According to Her Campus: In 2012, more than a year after she was raped by an acquaintance, Angie Epifano came forward with a personal essay that condemned Amherst College's poor handling of sexual assault cases. Epifano revealed the disturbing advice she received from the school’s counseling services ("They told me: We can report your rape as a statistic, you know, for records, but I don’t recommend that you go through a disciplinary hearing."), so it was no surprise when her essay went viral. Her essay spearheaded a movement to address the rape culture at Amherst, garnering support from other victims and students across the country. The Huffington Post even named Epifano as one of the “Most Influential Forces in Higher Education.” Because of this collegiette’s outcry, Amherst College introduced a Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct in October 2012 to improve the school’s policies. You go, girl!
#4 Future Zuckerbergs
According to Her Campus: At Babson, you become an entrepreneur whether you like it or not! All students are required to take a Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship course and are loaned $3,000 to start their own company (a class where they give you money = best grad requirement ever!). At the end of the course, all profits are donated to charity and students must close up shop so they can see the full circle of operating a business.
#6 Most Charitable
According to Her Campus: As a Jesuit university, Boston College also works to instill the idea of social action in its students. The Boston College Volunteer Service Learning Center offers several service immersion trips and student service organizations that work on improving the Boston community, such as the popular service group 4Boston, which requires its participants to dedicate a minimum of four hours of service a week. This year, as part of their sesquicentennial celebration, BC organized a food-packaging project through Stop Hunger Now and Catholic Relief Services for families in Burkina Faso, with meals packed by BC students and alumni in eight different cities. After the tragic bombings during the Boston Marathon this past spring, BC also worked to raise funds for bombing victims, and even organized a walk to give those who couldn’t finish the race an opportunity to walk the last five miles. Says BC senior Morgan Gibbons, “‘Jesuit’ is not just another adjective to describe our school, but a way of life.”
According to Her Campus: Nobody brings the betch factor to Beantown quite like the ladies of BU," according to Her Campus. “Marathon Monday is basically just a day devoted to day drinking… It’s hard to remember sometimes that there’s people out there running 26.2 miles instead!” says BU junior Hana Jeon. The BU sorority girls have been known, however, to take their love of liquor too far; one sorority was even suspended in 2012 for hazing allegations.
#9 Most Progressive
According to Her Campus: Most people don’t usually think of fraternities and trans inclusion like peanut butter and jelly, but that’s just the kind of place Emerson is. This year, the men of Phi Alpha Tau started an Indiegogo campaign to help raise money for a brother’s sex reassignment surgery. Emerson probably gets some of its inclusiveness from its generally quirky student body; it’s hard to be prejudiced against anything when you’re on a Quidditch team, after all.
#2 Most Progressive
According to Her Campus: At a small, isolated liberal arts school in western Massachusetts, Hampshire students can sometimes feel like their campus exists outside the “real world.” Students don’t have traditional majors, but instead craft an academic focus based on individual interests, spending their entire senior year completing a capstone project. Hampshire students are also attuned to gender issues from the moment they step on campus, which is why Campus Pride has given Hampshire 4.5 out of 5 stars for LGBTQ inclusiveness.
#2 Biggest Troublemakers
According to Her Campus: In a mass cheating scandal in August 2012, 125 students (nearly half of the 279-person class) were accused of breaching the no-collaboration policy on a take-home final. As a result, the school forced around 70 students to withdraw, or leave campus for a short period before returning (John Harvard would be disappointed!). To make matters worse, the school secretly accessed the email accounts of 16 deans to find out who leaked the cheating story to the press. Then, Harvard was slammed with yet another ethical mishap when it turned over four quiz bowl tournament titles because a competitor accessed the questions beforehand.
#5 Future Zuckerbergs
According to Her Campus: Of course, no future Zuckerberg list would be complete without the original Zuckerberg’s alma mater (although he never graduated)! Harvard is the epitome of an entrepreneur factory, graduating more self-made billionaires than any other college in the world.
For all of Her Campus's Biggest Troublemakers, go here; for the Future Zuckerbergs, go here.
According to Her Campus: Home to 78 Nobel laureates, MIT breeds nerds destined to change the world. Students use their brainpower for work and play by participating in scavenger hunt puzzle races, such as the Mystery Hunt. The school’s more famous tradition is their hacks, a series of harmless practical jokes executed by the student body. Some notable hacks include the time MIT’s Green Building was transformed into a giant game of Tetris and the time Pacman and Blinky appeared on the Great Dome, a major MIT landmark.
#7 Future Zuckerbergs
According to Her Campus: With the amount of whiz kids at MIT, it’s no wonder that so many alums have become successful entrepreneurs. MIT alum Donald Sadoway made a breakthrough in renewable energy technology with his liquid metal battery start-up and received $15 million in funding, including money from Bill Gates.
For all of Her Campus's Geekiest Schools, go here; for the Future Zuckerbergs, go here.
#2 Girl Power School
According to Her Campus: Founded to provide women with the academic resources available to men at the time, Smith is definitely what one would consider a feminist college – and how could it not be, with alumnae like Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan? The college’s 36 small residential houses (actual houses, not dorms) build strong ties between the ladies who live there, and Smith students have nothing but love for their classmates. We suspect the lack of boys cuts down on inter-collegiette competition.
#1 Girl Power School
According to Her Campus: Drive onto Wellesley’s campus, and you’ll be greeted by banners that read “Women who will.” Women from this top-ranked all-female college (including Madeleine Albright, Nora Ephron, Diane Sawyer, and Hillary Rodham Clinton) are known for taking the world by storm, so current collegiettes know they are going to school with the next generation of lady leaders. “It's empowering to be so proud of your peers… because there are not nearly as many female leaders in this world as I would like,” says Emma Regan, a sophomore (who also noted that not everyone who goes to Wellesley identifies as female). “Above all, our peers, professors, mentors, friends, et cetera, truly believe that we can contribute positively to the world.”
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