College Can’t Be Reduced To How Much Money It Lets You Make

“People get a lot more out of college than earnings potential. They learn to be better citizens and better human beings.”

A BA That Spans Four Years, Three Colleges, And Two Countries

My mom has asked me, on a few occasions, whether or not I felt my atypical college experience was worth it, and it’s hard to say. I’ve struggled a lot since graduation, and I don’t know if the road could have been easier had I taken a different path.

Ranking the Ivies by the Only Measure That Matters: Caprice

Link Roundup: Boss Regrets Niceness; LinkedIn Rankings; Good Giving

The Liberal Arts Are Not a Luxury: An ‘Excellent Sheep’ Responds to Deresiewicz

Filling our history and literature classes with only affluent students means that we will rarely again turn out a Junot Diaz, an Alice Walker, an Irving Howe or a Sherman Alexie.

Starting a Business from Scratch When You Know Nuthin About Nuthin

“Choosing THE RIGHT School”: BS or Total BS?

Where Pop Culture Goes to College

What a Pulitzer Prize Will Buy You in 2014

Lured to College Thanks to the Ability to Rent a Matisse

I’ve heard lots of reasons for why a students choose to go to specific colleges, but this is the first time I’ve heard someone say they chose to go to a school because they were trusted with priceless works of art to decorate their dorm rooms with (Oberlin College’s Art Rental program began in 1940 and allows students to borrow art for $5; students line up more than 22 hours in advance for this privilege). There is also a student who says he decided to stay at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. instead of transferring to one of the Ivies because Lawrence hosts The Great Midwest Trivia Contest, a 50-hour Internet-broadcast trivia event held every January. At William and Mary, students love the Raft Debates, in which professors pretend they’re stranded on a deserted island and argue why their discipline will save humanity (see this episode of This American Life). I chose my school mostly because it was affordable and had a good reputation, but if money weren’t an issue, I suppose I would have taken these kinds of campus traditions and offerings into account.