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

Toga! Toga! Toga!

"They kicked us out of school? That makes sense." -Tim Matheson as 'Otter' in Animal House

No parties to go to this weekend? Fear not friends! Put on your Snuggie and fire up Netflix with Young Money Finance's list of the top college comedies.

1. Animal House

2. Old School

Do you have your war paint and pom-poms ready?!

Huge crowds, small towns, tailgating, cheerleaders, marching bands and student sections are just a few of the reasons college football is part of the overall college experience. Campuses nationwide come to life at the end of every week as the teams battle it out on the field. Fans come dressed in their fighting colors and voices are lost in the roar of the stands.

 Don't get stuck in centuries past - write your paper with the help of these new apps!

No matter what kind of coursework you study throughout your collegiate career, at one point or another, you are going to be asked to write something.

To make the load a little lighter, USA Today has put together a list of sites and apps to get yourself out of the panic zone when it comes to the little things. 

Apparently, there's a student club for just about everybody. 

In October when the days grow shorter, the nights get colder, and the calendar moves closer to Halloween, it’s hard not to occasionally let your thoughts wander off to the bizarre.

Get your groove on - brought to you by your own classmates!

Music lover? Secret air guitar jammer? Have a need for some sweet harmonies and a bouncing bass? Pandora and iHeartRadio aren't the only places to find music that you actually enjoy. Pigeons & Planes has compiled a list of the top college radio stations that could be right on your campus.

Get in and get out if you head to one of these top colleges.

A high graduation rate is an important figure to note in your college search.

"Why?" you ask. Because it tells you that the school has the resources and support you need to graduate in four years. Graduating in four years not only allows you to keep your education on schedule, but it also saves you a ton of money on tuition and helps you get into the workforce sooner.

So you want to be a lawyer? *Dun, Dun*

Put down the gavel and stop memorizing statutes. Being a lawyer requires much more than the skill of persuasion or the ability to argue. There's a lot to learn and way before you even start to think about applying to law school or registering to take the LSAT exam, the first step is your undergrad major.

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

These institutions brag the courses and connections to make any engineer’s dreams programed for success. 

Engineering is not a field for the faint hearted when it comes to academics, but it is a path that can lead to big names and a great career path right out of college.

Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft are just a handful of the many companies that are looking at these colleges to give them the best engineers out there.

So you want to be a doctor?

It seems like every little kid wants to be a policeman, a fireman, a lawyer, or (of course) a doctor.

Now you're a senior in high school and that's still what you want to do in life. Great! But it might not be exactly what you'd expect. Often times, the idea of becoming a doctor is romanticized and underestimated. If you're serious about adding that M.D. designation to the end of your name, here's a few things that you should learn sooner rather than later:

Find the college majors that pay off -- BIG!

On average, college graduates will earn more on average over a lifetime than non-graduates. Payout even after years of schooling, can vary. It is important to consider, especially when knowing more than you'd like to even comprehend will be going toward paying back the education you just recieved. 

Classes AND Work?! It’s worth it. We promise.

While college can be the most fun of your life, it’s critical to remember one of the most important reasons why you're even there—giving yourself the opportunity to get your dream job. Between studying, classes, clubs and socializing, you already have a lot on your plate, why would you want to add a job in the mix?

Here's why as told by University Primetime:

Most people don't immediately think "pop culture" when they see or hear a marching band. But those people have got it all wrong. 

These select universities were highlighted by Rolling Stone as having the most killer covers of songs that are currently topping the charts. You probably need to rethink your stance on marching bands and you most definitely need to check out these awesome covers.

Down, Set, Hike! Does your school have the best football fans?

Whether every generation of your family attended the same university or if you're just a fan of the sport, college football can be a big deal. School parking lots filled with tailgaters, bars packed with fans and stadiums full of cheering alumni and students--everyone has their unique way of supporting the team.

You should choose a college that believes clean energy is as important to the Earth as it is to you.

Clean energy and green technology lingo have become a standard of our generation.

We are very well acquainted with dangers of our carbon footprint and climate change. We also know that everybody and their mom should be all about renewable energy sources and recycled products.

Pages