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    Clemson University Cheerleader Student FansBetween exams, papers, and hours of studying, college can seem like all work and no play.

    But for many, it also means freeflowing alcohol and seemingly endless parties — and can end up being the best four years of your life. 

    We looked at 12 categories from The Princeton Review's 2015 college rankings to find the most fun colleges in the country, combining the rankings to determine which schools were the most fun overall. Based on our results, the typical "fun" school, is a large public university with a strong Greek system and competitive athletics.

    Click here to read our complete methodology.

    #20 Miami University

    Oxford, Ohio

    One of The Princeton Review's top Party Schools, Miami houses the founding chapters of several now-national fraternities and still maintains a large and active Greek life.

    Miami students always have somewhere to party, and are able to tailor their experience to whatever partying venue they prefer, whether it's a frat house or a local bar.



    #19 Auburn University

    Auburn, Alabama

    The home football games for Auburn, the Princeton Review's top Jock School, are packed with students shouting "War Eagle"— the school's battle cry. It's especially loud during the annual Iron Bowl against the University of Alabama, Auburn's top rival. 

    Before the game, hundreds of students come out to Auburn's huge tailgates, which are loaded with games, food, and, of course, beer. 



    #18 Bucknell University

    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

    A small school with a large Greek scene, more than half of Bucknell's students are in a fraternity or sorority.

    With not much else to do in the surrounding area, students have social lives that are pretty much restricted to campus — where there is always a lot of alcohol and someone throwing a party.



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    lena dunham book

    Biographies are some of the most interesting books to read because they peek into the lives of other people. 

    Amazon released the best biographies and memoirs of 2014.

    From Lena Dunham's tell-all to Napoleon's personal letters, here are the best biographies and memoirs of 2014.

    1. "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'" by Lena Dunham: Dunham's book tackles life issues every woman can relate to, and includes everything from her first sexual experience to her obsession with death. "If I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you," Dunham writes, "or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

    2. "Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir" by Roz Chast: Cartoonist Roz Chast writes about the difficulty of going from child of your parents to caretaker of your parents. Chast, an only child, details the years leading up to the deaths of her parents and how she coped with trading the family home for an institution, managing her parents' care, and saying goodbye.  

    3. "Napoleon: A Life" by Andrew Roberts: Roberts brings new life to the legendary leader Napoleon. He is the first to use Napoleon's recently found 33,000 letters which reveal a lot about his character and his relationships with his wife, friends, and enemies. Roberts visited nearly all of Napoleon's 60 battle sites and made the trip to St. Helena, where Napoleon lived in exile, to gain further insight into this complex ruler. 

    4. "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League" by Jeff Hobbs: Hobbs was the roommate and friend of Robert Peace while at Yale University. Peace was exceptionally smart but came from an impoverished, broken home. Despite his academic success Peace could not escape his past, which ultimately cost the young man his life.

    5. "A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal" by Ben Macintyre: Kim Philby rose through the ranks to lead Britain's counterintelligence team during the Cold War. The charismatic leader became friends with fellow British officer Nicholas Elliott, and the head of CIA counterintelligence James Angleton. Little did Elliott and Angleton know that their friend was a Soviet spy, tanking Western operations for years. The two men maintained their friend's innocence until finally realizing Philby's unimaginable betrayal.

    6. "The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra" by Helen Rappaport: The four Romanov sisters were admired for their beauty and wealth; however, Rappaport reveals an intelligent and perceptive side to the Russian Grand Duchesses. Newly found diary entries and letters show the sisters as witnesses to the end of imperial Russia and the start of the Russian Revolution.

    7. "I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist" by Betty Halbreich: Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich reflects on how she became the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman. After a failed marriage, Halbreich was lost and alone in New York where she takes a job as a personal shopper at the famous store. Running the store's first personal shopping service, her reputation for her honesty and eye for style has earned her the trust of New York's social scene.  

    8. "Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life" by Tom Robbins: Novelist Tom Robbins looks inward and recounts his life from his upbringing in Appalachia during the Great Depression to his international travels pre-9/11 security. He held many jobs, from Air Force weatherman to radio DJ to counter culture hero. Readers can see how Robbins' life shaped the characters of his famous novels.

    9. "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book" by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée: In the mid-1950s, an Italian publisher went to the home of the great Russian poet Boris Pasternak and left with the poet's first and only novel, and the words, “This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world.” Pasternak's words shook up the world during the Cold War.

    10. "Updike" by Adam Begley: The story looks at the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike. The book takes readers from Updike's Pennsylvania childhood to his time at Harvard, his experience with suburbia, his travels, and his retirement. The biography details Updike's complex character and how he was able to create characters that are key players in American literature.

    11. "Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings" by Michelle Knight and Michelle Burford: This is Michelle Knight's harrowing account of her abduction and imprisonment for over a decade. Knight, along with two other women, were imprisoned and tortured in Ariel Castro's basement for years before breaking free in 2013. Knight talks about her past, the abduction, and how she will rebuild a life for herself now that she is free.

    12. "Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island" by Will Harlan: America's "wildest woman" Carol Ruckdeschel is a self-educated scientist who tackles alligators, eats roadkill, and built her own cabin on Georgia's Cumberland Island. The island, owned by the Carnegie family, is also home to sea turtles whose fate is threatened by the Carnegies' plans for the island. The story shows the poor yet courageous Ruckdeschel going against one of America's powerful families to protect the sea turtles.

    13. "Glitter and Glue: A Memoir" by Kelly Corrigan: After graduating from college, Kelly Corrigan sets out to see the world but soon finds herself broke, so she takes a job as a nanny for a widower's kids. Corrigan's mother always said, “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue” — words which start to take meaning for Corrigan as she looks after the kids and develops a stronger appreciation for the people and experiences that shaped her.

    14. "My Struggle: Book One" by Karl Ove Knausgaard: This autobiography is a tale of fathers and sons. The artistic Karl Ove struggles to find his place in the world after his alcoholic father's death, and eventually finds new perspective when he becomes a father himself.

    15. "Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman" by Galadrielle Allman: Galadrielle Allman was just two years old when her father Duane Allman, of the Allman Brothers Band, died in a motorcycle accident. Galadrielle's memoir tells the story of growing up with her father's fame and music all around her and how she came to know him and his legacy even after his death. 

    16. "The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War" by Yochi Dreazen: Tragedy strikes when Major General Mark Graham and his wife lose both of their soldier sons within nine months: Jeff is killed in Iraq, and Kevin takes his own life. The Grahams are shocked at how the Army receives both of their sons' deaths differently, and work to change the military’s institutional shortcomings when it comes to mental illness and PTSD.

    17. "Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me" by Bryan Bishop: At 30 years old and with his radio career taking off, Bryan Bishop and his fiancee receive crushing news: Bryan has an inoperable brain tumor. Bryan uses his humor and positivity to chronicle the toughest fight of his life and how his will to live, mixed with an aggressive treatment, gave him back his life. 

    18. "Cosby: His Life and Timesby Mark Whitaker: Journalist Mark Whitaker, through interviews with Bill Cosby and his closest friends, details how Cosby made his own way to become a television icon despite coming from poverty and a broken home. The biography also delves into Cosby's personal dramas and struggles, and the influence his wife Camille plays in his life.

    19. "Call Me Burroughs: A Life" by Barry Miles: In the 1960s, Norman Mailer deemed William Burroughs "the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Burroughs was a figurehead of the Beat Movement. Miles chronicles Burroughs' cultural legacy up until his death.

    20. "Unremarried Widow: A Memoir" by Artis Henderson: When Artis Henderson's husband Miles, a soldier, dies in a helicopter crash in Iraq, Artis becomes an "unremarried widow" at 26. Her husband's death mirrors the death of her father, who died in a plane crash when Artis was five. Artis looks at the 21 years between the two tragedies and how these two men, who she only knew briefly, have impacted her life. 

    SEE ALSO: The 15 Best Humor And Entertainment Books Of The Year

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    phillips exeter academy

    Going to a top boarding school can do more than help students get into a good college — it can provide them with a powerful alumni network, a solid education, and lifelong friends.

    We examined the most prestigious boarding schools in the country to find the best of the best.

    To do so, we factored in each school's endowment, acceptance rate, and average SAT scores, as reported by BoardingSchoolReview.com. We weighed each of those criteria equally to rank the schools.

    Data that was unavailable on BoardingSchoolReview.com was taken from the schools' websites or from Niche.

    50. Holderness School – Plymouth, New Hampshire

    Average SAT score: 1800

    Endowment: $60 million

    The Holderness School has a two-week period in March where students participate with their graduate class in experiential special programs that range from outdoor exploration to community service. Holderness accepts 45% of applicants and has class sizes averaging around 12 students.



    49. Lake Forest Academy – Lake Forest, Illinois

    Average SAT score: 1820

    Endowment: $25 million

    Since 2002, Lake Forest Academy has held an annual Head of School Symposium where students and faculty engage in conversations, presentations, and trips about diversity and global pluralism — a topic highly valued by the school. Linked with Lake Forest College, the boarding school accepts 36% of applicants.



    48. St. Anne's-Belfield School – Charlottesville, Virginia

    Average SAT score: 1827

    Endowment: $25 million

    Originally founded as a school for the daughters of University of Virginia graduates, St. Anne's-Belfield School accepts 35% of applicants. The now-coed school keeps classes small, averaging 13.7 students, and offers 15 AP courses.



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    Dakota Fanning

    Winter break is over, and students are heading back to school for their second semesters.

    And for the most famous students, a new semester brings more than just schoolwork as they balance Olympic training, political careers, and TV show filming.

    Here's what celebrities and famous offspring are up to this semester, both inside the classroom and out.

    Melia Robinson, Melissa Stanger, and Sara Bower contributed to this article.

    Alexander Ludwig is a member of one of USC's most sought-after fraternities.

    Canadian actor Alexander Ludwig played the ruthless District 2 tribute Cato in the first "Hunger Games" movie — he's the one who fights Peeta and Katniss on top of the cornucopia in the final fight scene.

    A senior, the Phi Kappa Psi brother and theater major belongs to one of USC's most exclusive fraternities, which has a reputation for throwing the year’s wildest parties.



    Angus T. Jones left "Two and a Half Men" to pursue religion and his education at UC Boulder.

    After starring on hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men" for 10 seasons — as the highest paid child actor at the time no less, making $350,000 an episode — Angus T. Jones left the show in order to fully dedicate himself to Christianity. 

    Now a sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he also tours the country speaking at churches.



    Chiara de Blasio still keeps up with her father's career in New York — even from school in California at Santa Clara University.

    During her father Bill de Blasio's New York City mayoral campaign, Chiara starred in an advertisement and made a dramatic, surprise return from college to cast a vote for him.

    The Santa Clara University senior and floral-headband-wearing hipster made headlines of her own with a powerfully candid video about her struggles with depression and history of drug and alcohol abuse.



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    Dakota Fanning

    Winter break is over, and students are heading back to school for their second semesters.

    And for the most famous students, a new semester brings more than just schoolwork as they balance Olympic training, political careers, and TV show filming.

    Here's what celebrities and famous offspring are up to this semester, both inside the classroom and out.

    Melia Robinson, Melissa Stanger, and Sara Bower contributed to this article.

    Alexander Ludwig is a member of one of USC's most sought-after fraternities.

    Canadian actor Alexander Ludwig played the ruthless District 2 tribute Cato in the first "Hunger Games" movie — he's the one who fights Peeta and Katniss on top of the cornucopia in the final fight scene.

    A senior, the Phi Kappa Psi brother and theater major belongs to one of USC's most exclusive fraternities, which has a reputation for throwing the year’s wildest parties.



    Angus T. Jones left "Two and a Half Men" to pursue religion and his education at UC Boulder.

    After starring on hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men" for 10 seasons — as the highest paid child actor at the time no less, making $350,000 an episode — Angus T. Jones left the show in order to fully dedicate himself to Christianity. 

    Now a sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he also tours the country speaking at churches.



    Chiara de Blasio still keeps up with her father's career in New York — even from school in California at Santa Clara University.

    During her father Bill de Blasio's New York City mayoral campaign, Chiara starred in an advertisement and made a dramatic, surprise return from college to cast a vote for him.

    The Santa Clara University senior and floral-headband-wearing hipster made headlines of her own with a powerfully candid video about her struggles with depression and history of drug and alcohol abuse.



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    John Oliver Rogers, cornell student

    Nearly 15,000 students attend Cornell University, an Ivy League college set against the rolling hills and gorges of Ithaca, New York.

    Getting in is no easy feat; just 15% of applicants are accepted, and a great majority graduated in the top 10% of their high-school classes.

    We sought the help of Cornell's public-affairs office to track down the best and brightest students.

    Edgar Akuffo-Addo is combatting malnutrition in Ghana.

    Class of 2016

    Akuffo-Addo, the recipient of a Projects for Peace grant, launched ENAM to build a sustainable poultry farm in a deprived Ghanaian village. The community space aims to alleviate the threat of malnutrition by providing a local, dramatically cheaper source of animal protein in an area in which women and children suffer severely.

    Akuffo-Addo has secured funding, three acres of land, and the chicks, and he is passing the construction reins over to locals and expert building contractors — all despite pushbacks thanks to an unfavorable economy in Ghana. Still, he anticipates about 250 families will benefit from the farm upon its completion this summer.

    The human biology major is applying for a master's degree in healthcare administration at Cornell, and he plans to one day earn his medical degree.



    Kristen Barnett summited Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity.

    Class of 2015

    As the president of Mountains for Moms, Barnett led a 13-person trip to the 19,341-foot-high summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and raised more than $19,000 to combat obstetric fistula. The money funded more than 90 reconstructive surgeries for women suffering from this painful condition.

    Barnett also founded the Dyson Symposium on Women in Leadership, a conference to boost support and programming for women in leadership on campus. She invited female leaders to speak and present, bringing together more than 120 participants at the two-day conference.

    The president of the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, Barnett will join the Boston Consulting Group when she graduates; she plans to eventually work and live in Europe and to go to business school in Boston.



    Marianne Collard is discovering potential medicinal properties in the plant fenugreek.

    Class of 2015

    Collard has been researching the health effects of fenugreek, an herbaceous plant whose seeds are often used in Indian, North African, and Middle Eastern cooking.

    Fenugreek is the least-studied plant containing phytoestrogens, chemical compounds that can interact with human hormones. In studying their properties and applying them to human health, Collard sought to isolate the compound that has been recorded to interact with hormones like estrogen and even to increase the production of breast milk in lactating women. Fenugreek could either be harmful or beneficial, depending on an individual's health situation, and Collard's research sees potential toxicological purposes in the plant that could eventually be used in medication.

    Collard is also a captain of the Cornell cross-country team, and she plans to get a Ph.D. in pharmacology when she graduates.



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    David Braben

    Cambridge was filled with technology companies long before London's new startup scene began to emerge.

    The cluster of hardware and software companies in Cambridge has even been dubbed "Silicon Fen."

    The city is a tech hotspot because of its proximity to the science and engineering talent coming out of Cambridge University, its closeness to London, and the relative cheapness of its rents. Apple just opened a new office there, for instance.

    15. Ninja Theory: maker of a cult-classic video game

    Ninja Theory is a video game development company that works with Sony to develop games for PlayStation consoles. As its name suggests, Ninja Theory specialises in action games, often with sword-fighting elements. It uses cinematic techniques and advanced animation to make its games similar to movies in their presentation.

    2007 saw the release of Heavenly Sword, a fighting game that used the same kind of motion-capture suits used in Hollywood movies. It might not have been a huge hit, but Heavenly Sword is still a cult classic, and fans continue to demand a sequel. 



    14. Sinclair Research: still making electric vehicles of all kinds

    Sinclair Research is the company run by prolific inventor Sir Clive Sinclair. 

    Sinclair's first hit product was the ZX Spectrum, released in 1982. The British-made computers were a commercial success, and the company released a wave of new tech products. But Sinclair's luck didn't hold, and it was forced to start cutting prices for its product line. Eventually Sinclair's technology products were sold to British businessman Alan Sugar in 1986.

    One of Sir Clive Sinclair's most famous inventions is the Sinclair C5, a bizarre one-man electric vehicle. The public hated it, and hardly anyone bought it.

    The number of staff at Sinclair dwindled from 140 in the 1980s to just Sinclair himself in 1990. The inventor wasn't deterred, however, and used his savings to fund the development of new ideas. Since then, Sinclair has released an electric bike, an electric wheelchair, an electric underwater scooter, and a folding bike.



    13. Spotify: Stockholm's outpost in England

    The music streaming service is one of Europe's best startup successes stories. But most people don't realise that the company has an office in Cambridge.

    Spotify's Cambridge office is used as a customer support base, employing staff who work to help customers who have problems with its software. A look at Spotify's Cambridge jobs page shows that it's also hiring quality assurance managers to work out of the Cambridge office.



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    ben bernanke mit commencement graduation

    MIT is considered to be one of the top colleges in the US -- in fact, we ranked it the second best college in the country this year

    So naturally, the school has produced some of the most successful individuals the world has ever seen.

    From world-renowned architects to powerful CEOs to scientists of all kinds, these are the most successful alumni of the school.

    Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke earned his Ph.D. in economics at MIT in 1979. He wrote a dissertation entitled, "Long-term Commitments, Dynamic Optimization, and the Business Cycle."

    Source: MIT Economics.



    Before becoming the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan earned his Masters of Science through the Sloan Fellows program at MIT's Sloan School of Management in 1972.

     Source: United Nations.



    Not only was Khan Academy founder Salman Khan president of his senior class, he earned three degrees while at MIT: two bachelors degrees — one in math, one in electrical engineering/computer science — and a masters in electrical engineering in 1998.

    Source: Technology Review, Crunch Base



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    Ofentse Mwase

    More than 300 million people use Instagram to share photos of their travels, meals, and other parts of their daily lives.

    Some photographers are using the platform to do some amazing things — and they're attracting huge followings in the meantime.

    Niche, a startup that helps brands partner with popular social media creators, helped us compile a list of up-and-coming Instagram photographers.

    From daredevil aerial shots to stunning food photography, these Instagram feeds should definitely be on your radar.

    Dirk Bakker is a graphic designer and mobile photographer from Amsterdam. His love of patterns and architecture is evident in his photographs.

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     (@macenzo, 258k followers)



    Theron Humphrey was named "Traveler of the Year" by National Geographic in 2014 after he completed a year-long journey to document people's lives in all 50 states. Humphrey's main muse, however, is his dog Maddie.

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     (@thiswildidea, 778k followers)



    Erica Choi is the digital art director for Barneys New York and has consulted with a number of luxury and fashion brands.

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    (@eggcanvas, 114K followers) 



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    New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Plenty of schools aren't worth the hype, while others don't get the recognition they deserve.

    To uncover the most underrated colleges in America, we compared US News' rankings of the best universities and national liberal arts colleges in the country with PayScale's 2013-2014 College Salary Report, which ranks colleges and universities based on their graduates' mid-career salaries.

    We specifically looked for schools that had relatively low rankings on the US News list but high mid-career salaries.

    The school that topped this list is the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where most grads are employed immediately after graduation and earn an average salary of $98,000 after 10 years of employment.

    Read our full methodology here.

    50. Virginia Tech

    US News rank: 71

    PayScale rank: 87

    Virginia Tech is home to one of the top engineering graduate programs in the country. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the school is widely recognized for its research efforts, with seven research institutes and two university research centers. Both undergraduate and graduate students are able to participate in research, and VT grads go on to earn an average mid-career salary of $94,200.



    49. DePaul University

    US News rank: 121

    PayScale rank: 206

    Students are entrenched in both college and city life at DePaul, which has five campuses all over Chicago. Graduates earn an average mid-career salary of $84,500, and the most popular fields of study for current students are business and digital media. Also, the school reports that nearly 85% of 2013 grads were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.



    48. Drexel University

    US News rank: 95

    PayScale rank: 142

    In the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University students gain real-world experience through the school's co-op program, in which students spend six months working a professional job in place of their normal class schedule. Students also take advantage of Drexel's urban location — it's only a 10-minute walk to Center City, Philly's hub of activity. By mid-career, graduates earn an average salary of $88,600.



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    We recently came out with our list of the Most Underrated Colleges In America.

    To determine which schools were underrated, we considered two factors: reputation and future earnings. We figured that schools with bad or obscure reputations but whose students made high salaries would be underrated.

    We used the following rankings to compile this list:

    We specifically looked for schools that had relatively low rankings on the U.S. News list but whose students had high mid-career salaries (PayScale based the latter on employees with a bachelor's degree who have at least 10 years of experience).

    We combined these two rankings to find the schools that met our criteria as "underrated"— 316 universities and liberal arts colleges showed up in both the U.S. News and PayScale rankings. 

    The chart below shows the relationship between the two rankings. Each point represents one school, with a school's position on the horizontal axis showing its U.S. News ranking and its position on the vertical axis showing its PayScale ranking.

    For both, lower number ranks indicate a better score on each metric, so the best U.S. News scores are on the left and the best PayScale mid-career salaries are on the bottom:

    us news vs payscale

    There is a moderate linear relationship between the two rankings: Schools with better U.S. News rankings tend to also have better mid-career salaries, according to PayScale. That relationship is reflected in the red regression line and the corresponding formula in the upper-right corner.

    Schools that fall along the red regression line are properly ranked. As can be seen in the chart below, there are a lot of schools that are far away from the regression line. These outliers are the schools we are most interested in — namely, the underrated schools, in green, which have a poor U.S. News ranking but a high graduate-salary ranking.

    over and under rated colleges fixed

    Our regression line also makes it possible to come up with a quantifiable measure of just how underrated or overrated a school is: the vertical distance between the point and the regression line (called the residual in regression analysis). Really large negative residuals indicate very underrated schools. The smaller the residual, the closer the school is to being properly ranked.

    analyzing residuals chart

    Our ranking, then, is based on those residuals. The most underrated colleges and universities in America are those with the largest negative residuals: schools whose graduates make much higher salaries than their U.S. News rankings would suggest.


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    Coolest New Businesses in Chicago

    The small businesses in the Windy City will blow you away.

    From a nerdtastic bar in Wicker Park to an art gallery for carpentry lovers (or a carpentry store for art lovers) in Pilsen, these are the 25 coolest new businesses in Chicago.

    We defined "new" as a business that opened in the past five years or so.

    Know a cool small business we missed? Tell us in the comments.

    5 Rabbit Cervecería

    6398 West 74th St., Bedford Park

    What it is:The first Latin microbrewery in the US.

    Why it's cool: Located just outside Chicago, the first Latin microbrewery, or cervecería, in the US infuses its brews with ancho chili, piloncillo cane sugar, and other Latin flavors. Inspired by an Aztec myth, 5 Rabbit names all of its beers to coincide with the Aztec calendar.



    Artizone

    Online, based in Chicago and Dallas

    What it is: An online specialty food shopping community.

    Why it's cool: Artisanal foods ordered online and delivered to your door — that's Artizone. The clever, convenient service offers a curated collection of the very best artisans in your area. This unique portal provides aggregated access to authentic, handcrafted food items from the finest purveyors that have carefully curated high-quality products.



    Artpentry

    1932 South Halsted St., #102

    What it is: A gallery and store that combines art and carpentry.

    Why it's cool: Floyd Davis is a skilled carpenter who started Artpentry (the name combines the words "art" and "carpentry") as a place to showcase and sell his creative works, and the works of other independent, local artists. Also a space devoted to sound and music, Artpentry is best known for the Gentleman's Boombox, a collection of vintage trunks and suitcases converted into functional music players.



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    Most Powerful Person In Hollywood At Every Age beyonce jay z blue ivyIt's not just celebrities who have power in Hollywood: Directors, producers, writers, and agents also command authority in Tinseltown.

    We came up with the most powerful person in Hollywood at every age by looking at each person's command, reputation, past and future influence, and wealth.

    From Kim and Kanye's 1-year-old baby North West to 100-year-old actor and comedian Irwin Corey, these are the most powerful people in Hollywood from 1 to 100.

    AGE 1: North West

    Daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

    What makes her powerful: While all of Twitter had an opinion about the bold name that Kimye chose for their first child, North is developing a personality to match. Nori, as she's known, who appears with her family on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," is halfway potty-trained and loves selfies as much as her mom.

    Another powerful 1-year-old: Everest Lucas is the son of "Star Wars" creator and former Lucasfilm CEO George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, chairman of the Dreamworks' board of directors.



    AGE 2: Olive Barrymore Kopelman

    Daughter of Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman

    What makes her powerful: The famous Hollywood Barrymore dynasty welcomed a new member, Olive, in September 2012. And if Drew's Instagram is any indication, Olive is incredibly gifted. Her mom posted a photo of her daughter at the beach reading. And not just any book — "Bossypants" by Tina Fey.



    AGE 3: Blue Ivy

    Daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z

    What makes her powerful: Nothing is too good for this power couple's little girl. Blue Ivy's second birthday was celebrated at the exotic Jungle Island in Miami; for her third, Blue got an ice sculpture with her name carved into it. Gwyneth Paltrow, who is good friends with the Knowles-Carter clan, said of Blue Ivy: "She is a powerhouse. I love her so much."

    Another powerful 3-year-old: Haven Warren, daughter of Cash Warren and Jessica Alba, must be getting some great merch from her mom, who cofounded the sustainable baby and toddler product company Honest Company.



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    From regal campuses to touted alumni, many boarding schools exude prestige.

    We recently published a list of the most elite boarding schools in the US.

    To come up with this list, we examined each school’s endowment, acceptance rate, and average SAT score. We used data from BoardingSchoolReview.com. Data that was unavailable on BoardingSchoolReview.com was taken from the schools’ websites or from Niche.

    You can see the full list of schools here, and check out the top 25 below: 

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    sheryl sandberg dave goldbergSome couples aren't just great matches for each other — they hold major power across their industry as well.

    In honor of Valentine's Day, we put together a list of the couples who are ruling the tech world.

    This is an update of an earlier article by Alyson Shontell and Julie Bort.

    Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is married to VC Zack Bogue.

    When it comes to power, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer yields plenty. This year, she was at the forefront of a plan to spin off Yahoo's 15% stake in Alibaba into a new public company, which sets Yahoo up for major potential growth at her hand. However, it also means that all eyes are on Mayer for the foreseeable future.

    Coupled with husband Zack Bogue, co-managing partner of venture capital firm Data Collective, the pair holds serious clout in the tech world.  



    Aaron and Karine Hirschhorn co-founded "Airbnb for dogs," DogVacay.

    Aaron and Karine Hirschhorn co-founded DogVacay, a network of local dog sitters that's now available in over 3,000 cities. They came up with the idea after a terrible experience with a kennel that left one of their dogs, Rocky, hiding under Aaron's desk for the next two days.

    Dubbed "Airbnb for dogs," this service allows pet users to go away without worrying about the well-being of their pooches. It has raised $47 million from investors such as First Round Capital, Benchmark, and Andreessen Horowitz, most recently receiving $25 million in a Series B round of funding led by Omers Ventures.



    Dave and Brit Morin each run startups that raised boatloads of money. They had a baby last fall.

    Both alumni of powerful tech giants — him: Apple and Facebook; her: Google — Dave and Brit Morin now run their own startups.

    Dave runs Path, a mobile social network, which he co-founded in 2010. He also invests in a bunch of startups through Slow Ventures. Brit started her own company, Brit+Co, a design and cooking site full of inspirational how-to posts, in 2011. Since its launch, it has since raised $7.6 million in funding.

    On top of all that, the couple, who have been married since 2011, welcomed their first child last fall.



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    St. Albans School, Washington DC

    We recently published a list of the most elite boarding schools in the US by using data from BoardingSchoolReview.com.

    But because strong academics are a major reason why people opt to attend boarding school, we decided to re-rank the data by highest average SAT score.

    The SAT, which is scored out of 2400, is one of the top factors colleges look at when deciding which applicants to admit. The schools whose students have the highest average SAT scores — 2140, 2130, and 2104 — are St. Albans School, The Hockaday School, and Groton School, respectively. Many of the schools on this list offer SAT tutoring in advance of the exam, which can give students a leg up on their scores.

    Data that was unavailable on BoardingSchoolReview.com was taken from the schools' websites or from Niche. When two schools reported the same average SAT scores, we used average ACT scores as a tiebreaker.

    25. St. Mark's School — Southborough, Massachusetts

    Average SAT score: 1940

    Advanced or AP classes offered: 32

    St. Mark's students can choose between 32 advanced and AP courses, including Latin, studio art, and physics, as well as 70 extracurricular organizations including yearbook, badminton, and jazz band. St. Mark's is constructing a new campus building that will provide state-of-the-art facilities for STEM subjects.



    24. The Madeira School — McLean, Virginia

    Average SAT score: 1945

    Advanced or AP classes offered: 17

    From freshman year, Madeira girls study along a rigorous academic curriculum and a co-curriculum, which provides students with additional experiential and social learning opportunities. Co-curriculum opportunities involve off-campus internships, personal-finance classes, and outdoor field trips.



    23. Emma Willard School — Troy, New York

    Average SAT score: 1950

    Advanced or AP classes offered: 23

    Emma Willard girls take AP classes in subjects like English, foreign language, math, science, history, art, and computer science. The school also expresses a belief students should be free to pursue their own interests, offering an intense personalized studies program.



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    Coolest New Businesses in Los Angeles

    The City of Angels is constantly introducing the world to some of the coolest trends.

    Ever heard of an urban flour mill? Or how about a company devoted to making the most comfortable underwear ever?

    Those are just two of the coolest new small businesses we found in L.A. (We defined "new" as any business that opened in the past five years or so.)

    Know a cool small business we missed? Tell us in the comments.

    Alimento

    1710 Silver Lake Boulevard

    What it is: An Italian fusion restaurant.

    Why it's cool: The soulful Italian restaurant in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood offers authentic Italian food, like handmade ravioli, with an eclectic wine selection. 

    Chef and owner Zach Pollack creates unique dishes that combine traditional Italian cuisine with contemporary American influences. For example, his version of "pigs in a blanket" is made from mortadella, spelt pastry, brovada, and stracchino. 

    "It's Italian as reflected through the lens of LA's multiethnic landscape," Pollack said. "Interesting and innovative, though fun and accessible at the same time."



    Better Booch

    317 Broadway, Grand Central Market

    What it is: A craft-tea brewery that specializes in Kombucha, using 100% organic tea blends for flavor instead of juice.

    Why it's cool: Better Booch sells its teas in stores all over Southern California. The company recently opened a retail store and tea bar, Booch Bar in Grand Central Market, which serves Kombucha on tap and growlers of tea.

    Booch Bar has become popular with the celebrity set, as well. Leonardo DiCaprio is among those known to drink its  tea.  



    Bloom That

    Mobile application servicing Los Angeles and San Francisco

    What it is: An easy and affordable flower-delivery service.

    Why it's cool: Bloom That delivers flower arrangements within 90 minutes of ordering. The app and website make it easy to order with three steps.

    It rotates its collection of flowers so that there's always a new choice. Even better, prices start at $25. 

    "We're changing the flower game, for good," a representative from Bloom That tells us.

    Ashton Kutcher and Joe Montana are investors.



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    Sag Harbor, New York

    After paying your rent or mortgage, transportation, utilities, and any other bills, how much do you have left at the end of the month? The answer probably depends largely on where you live.

    FindTheBest created a cost of living index based on 2013 family budget estimates for housing, taxes, healthcare, childcare, transportation, and "other necessities" (like food) from the Economic Policy Institute to compare, in over 600 counties and metro areas across the US, where your dollar goes the farthest.

    The average overall index for US cities and metro areas is 100, so a city with an index of 120 is 20% more expensive than average, and a city with an index of 80 is 20% cheaper than average.

    15. San Francisco, California, metro area

    San Francisco metro area index: 138

    State index: 116

    Housing is where they get you in San Francisco, especially for millennials. As of June 2014, the median cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was $3,120. Luckily the minimum wage in the Bay Area — $11.05 an hour — helps make up for the cost, and residents voted to raise the minimum to $15 an hour by 2018.



    14. Lowell, Massachusetts, metro area

    Lowell metro area index: 139

    State index: 135

    The fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, Lowell has incredibly high taxes. This year residential taxes jumped 6.3%, the largest year-to-year property tax increase since 2007. A large college town, Lowell has a history of being home to the biggest industrial complex in the United States.



    13. Brockton, Massachusetts, metro area

    Brockton metro area index: 140

    State index: 135

    Living in Brockton, Massachusetts, is actually only 5% more expensive than the state average, but "Shoe City" still manages to place on the list. Brockton has been named one of the best communities for young people three times by America's Promise Alliance, and cost of public transportation is still relatively low.



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    YouTube creators are the kings and queens of the digital world.

    They're attracting hordes of screaming teens, signing book deals, and even getting their own primetime TV shows

    A survey done by Variety last summer showed that that today's teens like YouTube stars even more than they like traditional Hollywood celebrities.

    We've rounded up 13 creators whose YouTube follower counts are exploding.

    You'll want to pay attention.

    21-year-old Lauren is a style guru in the making.

    Lauren (LaurDIY on YouTube) is a "lover of all things glittery" and makes helpful fashion and decor how-to videos. She has already worked with a number of big brands, including Target, CoverGirl, Tampax, and Pantene.

    Subscribers: 1,365,024

    Views: 60,361,434

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    On Sorted Food, four friends make cooking fun.

    Sorted Food, which regularly ranks near the top of YouTube's most popular cooking channels, features four friends who break down recipes in a fun and simple way. The crew recently launched an iOS app that lets users create profiles and upload their own recipes and videos.

    Subscribers: 1,103,064

    Views: 107,792,339

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    Brooklyn and Bailey are second-generation YouTube stars.

    The teens are the identical twin daughters of Mindy McKnight, the woman behind the wildly successful Cute Girls Hairstyles YouTube channel. Brooklyn and Bailey make fun videos where they share fashion and makeup tips, spell out DIY tutorials, and recommend activities the whole family can enjoy.

    Subscribers: 1,080,622

    Views: 89,047,448

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