Meet the Graduating Class of 1776

The year was 1776 and the American colonists were too busy fighting a war against the imperialist nation of England to be going to college. There was no American History gen-ed at the time—they had to make it first. 

In order to gain independence the leaders of America had to do three very important things: stand up against a dominate nation and declare their right to be governed by a local authority of their choosing as appose to a hasty, omnipotent King; coordinate and fight a war against said military powerhouse; and then unite 13 states with different legal interests and goals under one complex democratic foundation. 

The founding fathers needed more than just courage to pull this off. They needed some smarts. Had it not been for the intellectual training of these men it’s possible that this whole red, white and blue thing may have never come together. In honor of that, we’re going to take a look at what colleges these men went to: 

Alexander Hamilton

School: King’s College (now Columbia University)

Education: Being an orphan, Alexander Hamilton's education was paid for by local wealthy men. He studied economics and finance which enabled him to construct a financial system for 2.5 million colonists who had just become Americans. 

James Madison 

School: The College of New Jersey (now called Princeton University) 

Education: Among many things, Madison studied law, public policy, speech and debate. He used these skills to theorize and construct much of the constitution including the decisively 'America' Bill of Rights. 

John Adams 

School: Harvard College 

Education: Starting at 16 John Adams got a bachelors of arts, which in those days meant a whole lot of reading and writing—both in Latin and English. It was these soft communication skills that made him a phenomenal diplomat. His legacy is bringing together a divided nation of colonists to fight a war, win a war, and stay together after winning the war. 

Benjamin Franklin 

School: No college, just public school. One of America’s first public schools: Boston Latin School. 

Education: He didn’t even graduate, he was a voracious reader and extremely active politician, inventor, scientist and civic activist. If he were alive today, he'd probably be a high school drop out inventing apps in Silicon Valley. 

Thomas Jefferson 

School: the College of William & Mary 

Education: Jefferson studied everything from metaphysics to law, and was sucked into the writings of John Locke, Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton. Those writing influences came in handy when he wrote his own masterpiece—the Declaration of Independence. 

John Hancock 

School: Boston Latin School and Harvard College 

Education: An education in law combined with an 18th century style internship turned job with with his Uncle’s mercantile business awarded Hancock the savvy (and funds) to serve as an influential political figure before and after independence was won. 

George Washington 

School: None. I’m talking elementary school level. 

Education: Climbed the military ranks and eventually (as we all know) became President. 

 

An education helps us solve problems, which is exactly what these men were doing. 

As much as we like to think so, the ideas that make America great weren’t created out of thin air—they were a progression of concepts covered through dedicated study. While there (hopefully) won’t be another revolution, our society is constantly being refined, and as the world grows it’s up to use our education to work together to pursue change and perfect the world we see.

College Advice College Life

When it comes to deciding which college to go to, probably no other factor matters to students more (on the average) than a school’s US News & World Report ranking.

Ever since the first list of “America’s Top 50 Colleges” was published in 1983, prospective students (and parents) all over the US have turned to the list as an easy way to know what schools were “good” and which ones weren’t so hot.

If you’re in the process of applying to college any time between September and November, you may have encountered the terms “Early Decision” and “Early Action.”

If you’ve done some reading on the subject, you may have also discovered that both are programs offered by colleges and universities that allow you to find out early—sometimes as early as the beginning of December—whether you got in your not.

Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

Before your project becomes a massacre, here are your best tips for survival.

Cue that spooky-you-know-something-bad-is-about-to-happen music…the professor announces the midterm projects… you have to complete the project…as a group.

Do you know why college's have the best traditions? Its becuase people our age make them up. They're usually a bit rebellious, always absurd, and fun enough to last decades. The ones made up around Halloween are also very strenge and creepy. Awesomely creepy. 

 

“Healy Howl” and The Exorcist Screening, Georgetown University

Many college campuses date back a hundred or more years. They've been home to thousands of students, and if there's anything we've learned about the typical ghost, it's that they like to haunt their old homes.

This may not seem freaky to you, probably because you don't believe in ghosts, but reports show that more than a few campuses feature haunted dorms, some with well-documented histories and decades of witnesses to a host of spooky, unexplained phenomenon. Here are some of the spookiest.

 

If the monster mash is your jam - these schools might just be your favorite locations for Halloween.

These schools have the Halloween weekend down to an art. These are the schools that brag the best costumes, the scariest haunted libraries, pumpkin activities, and haunted hay rides.

Her Campus presents a list of the top 10 celebrations and the schools that love to hear your frightened shrieks.   

Read the fine print - discover the textbook prices that work for your class and your budget!

Made of money is not the first thing you think of when you picture a college student, quite the opposite. Textbooks can easily put a dent in your piggybank before the semester even starts. First and foremost, do your research. Spend time checking prices because nine times out of ten - the first place you look won't be the best price you could get.

Being a college student has more benefits than just the degree!

As you may know being a college student provides a ton of discounts: restaurants, gym memberships, and many other venues if you just ask or flash that ID.

Planning to bike to class?

"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles M. Schulz

Biking cigarette online usa is great for your health and great for the environment. Head to any college campus and you'll probably see several students cycling between buildings like bees buzzing to and from a hive.

Why trudge through snow to get to class when sunshine could be around the corner?

Halloween decorations are going up, leaves are changing colors, and frost is creeping in on your car's morning windshield. We're in the midst of fall, but we all know what comes all too soon after that Halloween party -- cold and (depending on your geographic location) miserable winter. 

Check out these shiny new majors that took a few years to download.

As business environments evolve and technology advances, the skills and knowledge of the world's brightest must adapt as well. Hopefully, you're not reading this article on an old 1999 AOL dial up internet connection.

The path of the future, even just in the past 10 years, has dictated what we needed to know to survive and thrive in the real world. Colleges often lead the way in making sure the next generations are ready for just that.

Happy and excited to rise and shine for an 8am lecture?….yeah, me neither.

We have been getting up for school all our lives, but when we go to college, free will is given to us to dictate our own bed times -very quickly, sleep patterns can become (quite) different.

If you’re a fan of shows like Paranormal State, a show about students from the Penn State Paranormal Research Society who spend their spare time seeking out ghosts, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to go to college to learn how to be a ghost hunter.

Not all college majors are created equally.

"What you make depends a lot on what you take." -Anthony Carnevale

Love the idea of being your own boss but not sure about the rules?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Bransen. What do all of these names have in common?

  1. They all have earned a ton of money and lived in personal success.
  2. None of them have a college degree.

Success stories like these have caused budding entrepreneurs to question if they even need to attend college. If you're going to be working for yourself, what difference does having a degree make? 

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