17 Sites That Don't Lie About Colleges

Here are 17 Sites to help you get the inside scoop on colleges and the towns those colleges are in.

  1. Facebook. Duh! Search for the school you’re interested in to find both the “official” pages and (most likely) lots of “non-official” pages created by students, student organizations, alumni, etc. If they’re open, browse around for awhile. What you read (and see) might surprise you.
  2. For parents, CollegeConfidential.com is the place to go to get the inside scoop on a school from a parental perspective. It’s an extremely active message board that covers pretty much any school in the country. Lurk for awhile and read what others have posted and then ask questions if you’d like more clarity on a particular topic.
  3. Want to know what it’s like to take a class from that famous prof that the college that’s trying to recruit you mentions at least a dozen times per conversation? Head on over to RateMyProfessors.com and find out what his or her students really think of him or her.
  4. YouTube. Like Facebook, another “duh!” Just search YouTube using the name of the school you’re interested in to see what’s sure to be an interesting mix of “official” videos and…err…more uncensored views of life at the school.
  5. LinkedIn. While certainly geared more towards the “professional” end of the spectrum, linkedin.com is a great place to find successful alumni of a school you’re thinking about applying to. You may have to work your own network to get to them…LinkedIn is pretty protective of allowing random strangers to contact their members out of the blue…but once you make one connection it becomes a lot easier to make more.
  6. Looking for some REAL “behind the scenes comments, pictures, and videos about life at a particular college?" Search for the school on CollegeHumor.com.
  7. Read random snarky gossip: jezebel.com.
  8. Check out what’s really going on at the school by browsing the Chronicle of Higher Education. Pay close attention to the job listings to get a feel for what direction the school’s going in.
  9. Peruse the (somewhat useful) “scorecard” the Federal Government’s put together for every college in the US.
  1. Forget tuition, room, and board: can you afford to even go out there? Use this Cost of Living calculator and find out how much more expensive (or how much cheaper) it really is to live where you’re thinking about going to school compared to where you live now. 
  2. Worried about crime? Check the crime statistics for every college and university in the US.
  3. Troll twitter by looking for hashtags related to schools that interest you by looking for them on Hashtags.org or try searching on related educational hashtags.
  4. Get the weather stats for a whole year and even compare them to other areasat weatherspark.com.
  5. Read reviews written by students: campusdiscovery.com.
  6. Read even more reviews written by somewhat bitter students: studentsreview.com.
  7. Use Twitter to see the current “mood” in the area: twittermood.org.
  8. Find out if the school might show up on the next episode of Breaking Bad: National Clandestine Drug Lab Register.

Were any of these sites helpful to you? Which ones?

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Should I Join a Theatre Group in College?

Take it from a former college theatre geek, your school stage will most likely be the best and last stage you'll ever be on. 

After graduation, it’s all community theater and church ensembles, and who has the time for that? Nobody, that's who. 

Going to the farmers market is one of those things that just feels good.

They're quaint and novel, full of happy people buying hand-grown food, and sometimes, they even have a guy playing an accordian over by the pickle stand. It doesn't get better than that, my friends. 

On-Campus Farmers Markets

The lost art of growing vegitables and selling them directly to the community isn't lost yet at these awesome college, where students and professors alike are able to walk less than the length of the campus to a fresh and fantastic farmers markets.

Disc Golf is Everwhere on a College Campus

What do a statue of a university founder, a liberal arts building and an on-campus coffee shop have in common? They can all be disc golf targets.

That’s right, practically every college campus can and should be used as a disc golf course. It’s done at St. Mary’s University, where students get to throw over streams and historic graveyards. And it’s done at the University of Oregon, where students shoot through skinny, sprawling oak trees.

Why Chess is Such a Great Game

Chess may be one of the most important games in humanity.

It has taken geniuses and robots to master, has lasted through centuries of sporting, permeated across the globe and found its way onto almost every college campus in the country. Yet despite its prodigious back story, it is still one of the most democratic games, funneling down to just two individuals and their wits. 

Who is Wes Anderson?

Wes Anderson is half-average guy half-magician. His fashion, visual style, films and characters are all relatable, genuine, cool and absurdly different. He’s been making amazing cult films since the late 80’s, attracting fans of all ages and backgrounds. But at one point he was nothing more than a dude sitting in the back of a college play-write class, looking to make friends and talk movies. 

Having something you wrote with your name attached to it on a website that you didn’t create is resume gold. I'm not talking about your personal blog (which can still be very impressive), I'm talking about guest blogging. 

Guest blogging shows initiative, skill, and business cunning. And although it seems like everyone’s doing it, trust me, it’ll still make you stand out.

The best thing about SpoonUniversity is that its writers understand students. 

College students go to class. College students study in libraries. College students go on $3 hot dog runs at 2 a.m. What they don’t do—is cook. At least not as much as they could.

SpoonUniversity is fixing that.

Having trouble making friends in college?

Worry not - you're not alone! Making friends at any stage of life is a challenge, especially if you're somewhat shy, introverted, or -- we're just going to come out and say it -- "picky". 

Some think it should be easy to make friends in college since there are so many people around, but that's not true. If anything, the amount of options and directions students are pulled in can make it harder to find someone you can really get along with. 

Alright, if our calculations are correct then between move-in day and graduation day you could meet a Prince, a future American President, a surfer musician, a quarterback, or a genius.

You could also meet some other non-famous cutie hanging out around campus, but that wouldn't be as exciting. 

Competitive people can’t help being competitive just like lazy people can’t help being lazy. It’s simply in the blood. But for obvious (and unfortunate) culturally American reasons, teachers, parents and honest friends will berate you for being lazy, but wont for being overly competitive. That’s because competitive people tend to excel: top percentile grades, multiple extracurricular activities and popularized class rank are among some of the achievements of those who win at school.

Should You Listen to Your Parents College Advice?

For the most part, yes. When it comes to picking a degree or figuring out the finances then your parents can be a huge help.

But there are other things about they don't know a whole lot about, and that's because college has changed so much since they went. 

The basics are the same—find a subject you like and excel at it, enjoy your social life but don’t get carried away, try to get a degree in four years—but some of what they tell you will only get your hopes up or stress you out. Here's what's changed. 

College is Full of Surprises

There are a lot of cliches about college. Even friends, family, and former students can give you false information.

Every school (and people's perceptions of them) are different. And sometimes people just flat out embellish (you know those people). 

They say that Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but they're wrong, it’s called Google.

Everything you need to know to be able to write a good research paper, bring relatable current news to your classroom, back up your arguments and lead a rewarding life you can be found through Google.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad information out there that will clutter your search results and force you to miss the good stuff. We don't want you to miss the good stuff. 

The End of Winter Break...

The start of the second semester is a strange time to be a student. For the past several weeks, your lifestyle has been the complete antithesis to educational development—you’ve probably finished a shameful number of Netflix shows, spent some quality time with hometown friends, and haven’t been waking up before 10 or reading from a textbook.

Now, you'll soon be going back to campus where you'll be asked to do the total opposite.

If you don’t start a club in college, chances are you never will. That’s just the truth. I mean it’s the perfect place. It’s full of active, fun-seeking, mostly adventurous students—enough to flock around most obscure/unique/weird interests you may have.

If you’re down with all this and want to continue or start an epic tradition, then listen up, because there are still some things that can go way wrong.