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    London Business SchoolMore than one-quarter of the top-50 schools on our sixth annual ranking of the best business schools are located outside of the US. So we compiled a second ranking featuring only international institutions. 

    London Business School ranked No. 12 on our overall list of the best in the world, but it was the top-ranked international school, followed by France's INSEAD, which ranked 18th on our global list.

    To determine our original ranking we looked at 60 perennially top-rated institutions that offer MBA programs and evaluated them based on the most recent data available on five metrics: reputation, average starting salary after graduation, job-placement rate, average GMAT score, and tuition and fees. Read a breakdown of the methodology here.

    Here are the 14 best business schools based outside the US.

    Editing by Alex Morrell with additional research by Andy Kiersz.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best business schools in the world

    NOW READ: The 50 best colleges in America

    14. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — Nanyang Business School

    Location: Singapore

    Average starting salary: $80,300

    Average GMAT score: 665

    Nanyang's double MBA and master's degree programs allow students to earn a simultaneous degree from partner business schools, such as a second MBA from Waseda University in Tokyo or a master's in management from France's ESSEC Business School.

    All students complete a weeklong Business Study Mission, locally or overseas, in which they attend seminars with industry leaders, meet with local business associations, and visit businesses. The study mission gives students an opportunity to build professional networks and apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world environments.



    13. University of Toronto — Rotman School of Management

    Location: Toronto, Canada

    Average starting salary: $88,400

    Average GMAT score: 663

    The Rotman School of Management is the only Canadian MBA program on our list, offering students the best business reputation in the country. It draws recruiters from Toronto and beyond, including companies like the Royal Bank of Canada, Bain & Co., IBM, Microsoft, and Accenture, among others.

    The school started its own venture incubator in 2012 called the Creative Destruction Lab, and Rotman MBA students are tasked with providing analysis and insight for the lab's startups. Its first cohort has generated more than $165 million in equity value.



    12. China Europe International Business School — CEIBS

    Location: Shanghai, China

    Average starting salary: $76,200

    Average GMAT score: 690

    Shanghai is China's top economic and financial powerhouse, and CEIBS puts students in the heart of it all. Two-thirds of graduates stay in Shanghai, and 21% go into financial services. CEIBS, established in 1994, has been dubbed mainland China's leading business school for its global focus and wide variety of tailored electives.

    The school also partners with Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for students who want to pursue degrees in hospitality management, health administration, and law, respectively.



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    Uganda Worldreader

    The World Economic Forum announced their newest class of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year this week. The list recognizes 12 entrepreneurs whose social good enterprises are changing the global landscape.

    Their initiatives range in size and scope, but they all share the common goal of aiding and advancing underserved groups around the world.

    From a waste management and design startup in India to a leading fair trade chocolate company, here's a look at the 11 social good enterprises — and their 12 fearless leaders — that are changing the world today.

    SEE ALSO: These 24 Americans are changing the world — and they're all under 40

    David Risher and Colin McElwee are bringing e-books to millions of people.

    Country: US (active in 69 countries; predominately in Africa)

    Focus: Education and technology

    David Risher, a former Microsoft and Amazon executive, and Colin McElwee, the former marketing director of ESADE business school in Barcelona, Spain, cofounded Worldreader in 2010 to bring digital books to the masses and improve the world's literacy rate. The nonprofit boasts a cache of nearly 32,000 book titles in 43 languages available to readers in 69 countries. 

    Worldreader donates Kindle e-readers to schools through sponsorships and fundraising, and it also has a mobile application where a reported 5 million readers are accessing the full library of titles. A Worldreader survey revealed the organization's impact on underserved groups, showing that while "girls and women make up 23% of readers on the Worldreader reading app, they consume 66% of the content."

     



    Jean-Marc Borello oversees 350 social enterprises across France.

    Country: France

    Focus: Education, health, housing

    Jean-Marc Borello is at the helm of perhaps the world's largest social enterprise, Groupe SOS, which oversees 350 stand alone organizations that impact more than 1 million people in 20 countries.

    Groupe SOS's vast portfolio of social causes is controlled by three associations that were founded at the company's inception in 1984: Prevention and Care of Addictions, Housing and Care, and Integration and Alternatives. Today, the group is committed to devising innovative solutions related to health, housing, education, social inclusion, senior citizens, and employment.



    Luvuyo Rani operates a string of internet cafès and training centers in South Africa.

    Country: South Africa

    Focus: Employment

    Over the past decade, Luvuyo Rani has scaled Silulo, his network of internet cafés and training centers for unemployed youth, to 39 branches throughout South Africa. In addition to offering accessible internet and how-to technology training to the masses, each branch offers résumé workshops and employment advice.

    Through the "one stop shop," more than 50% of Silulo's students have secured jobs, some at Microsoft, Vodacom, and Tsiba thanks to partnerships with Silulo. Rani, who founded the company with his brother, is managing director. Through franchising, the pair aim to have a presence in every South African province and a total of 200 stores over the next 10 years.

     

     



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    Dalston Roof Park FULL

    Britain is finally getting some warm weather.

    And you know what that means for the capital? Apart from inevitable T-shirt tans and possible sun stroke, Londoners will be flocking to every green space available, whether in parks or to rooftops to have a drink.

    So, Business Insider decided to reveal some of the coolest, yet affordable outdoor spaces in London to get in a cool, refreshing pint.

    Whether you prefer boozing in a park, by the river or sipping cocktail on a sunlounger, there's something for everyone.

    Have a dose of decadence at Kensington Roof Gardens near High Street Kensington tube station without shelling out a month's wages on a booze bill. Whether it's a bite to eat at the Babylon Restaurant or a cocktail on the terrace, there will be sun — there are deals that include unlimited wine for 5 hours at only £48.50 per person if you get enough people together.



    Or maybe you prefer a hipster vibe? Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch is perhaps the closest you'll get to feeling like you're at a festival. Think wigwams, cocktails, cider, and mushroom stools. Glasses of wine start as little as £3.10 and pints start from £4.40.



    Staying in the East End, Dalston Roof Park offers incredible views, open space, and mattresses (for presumably when you get a little bit tipsy). You can get change from a £10 note when getting a beer and double spirit drink.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2015

    Our sixth annual ranking of the 50 best business schools in the world evaluated MBA programs based on reputation, average starting salary after graduation, job-placement rate within three months of graduation, average GMAT score, and tuition and fees. (Read our full methodology here.)

    Because business school is such a hefty investment, the ability to get a job soon after graduating is an important factor in choosing where to go.

    To come up with our list of the 20 top business schools for getting a job right away, we broke out the schools by job-placement rate. Some schools that ranked highly on our main list didn't make this ranking because of lower job-placement figures, such as Harvard (91%) and Stanford (86%).

    It's worth noting though that many students at these schools decide to start their own businesses — an employment result that schools don't factor into their overall job-placement statistic. 

    Keep scrolling to see the best business schools for finding a job after graduating, listed here in ascending order by job-placement percentage. 

    Editing by Alex Morrell with additional research by Andy Kiersz.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best business schools in the world

    NOW READ: 22 MBA programs where graduates earn more than $110,000 right out of school

    Columbia University — Columbia Business School

    Location: New York, New York

    Job-placement rate: 93%

    Students begin crafting their network and community within the business world the minute they arrive at Columbia, thanks in part to the school's cluster system, which places first-year students in "clusters" of 65 to 70 people who take all their core classes together. Columbia also counts some of the greatest minds in finance among its alumni, including Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and former Bank of America executive Sallie Krawcheck.



    University of London — London Business School (LBS)

    Location: London, England

    Job-placement rate: 93%

    University of London's business school is once again the best outside the US. With 75% of the top-500 global companies based in London, the school is a recruiting and networking gold mine for a host of multinational corporations, including Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Co.

    In addition to earning an MBA, students are required to graduate with a second-language proficiency in one of 15 languages offered by the Modern Language Centre at King's College London.



    Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Sloan School of Management

    Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Job-placement rate: 93%

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is not only the best college in America, but it's also home to one of the best business schools. The Sloan School of Management, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary last year, offers three MBA tracks: enterprise management, entrepreneurship and innovation, and finance.

    Sloan reported that 2014 graduates accepted job offers at companies like Adobe, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, and 7.4% of grads went on to start their own businesses.



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    University North Carolina Chapel Hill UNC Students Fans

    First and foremost, college is about getting an education. But it's also about having fun, going out, and making new friends.

    Business Insider created a list of schools that best embody this dual principle — the "work hard, play hard" mentality that many students look for.

    To find the most intense colleges in the country, we combined four rankings from college information site Niche: colleges with the best academics, smartest students, best Greek life colleges, and top party schools. We eliminated any schools that ranked only for academics or only for social life.

    The list runs the gamut from big state schools, such as the University of Texas and the University of Michigan, to Ivies like Dartmouth and Yale.

    Take a look at the most intense colleges in America, where students go all out, whether they're studying or partying.

    Additional reporting by Andy Kiersz.

    SEE ALSO: The best college in every state

    DON'T MISS: The 50 best colleges in America

    30. Wake Forest University

    Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina

    Academics: A+

    Party Scene: A

    "Academics at Wake are impeccable," one student said. "You will get a great education, albeit with a large workload. The workload is manageable, and if you want to actually learn something in college, go here."

    Greek life takes over campus on the weekends.

    "Greek life dominates the party scene, so usually there is either a frat lounge party or off-campus house party every Friday and Saturday night," one freshman noted.

     



    29. University of Florida

    Location: Gainesville, Florida

    Academics: A

    Party Scene: A+

    "A lot of people party — almost every day of the week there's going to be people at the club," one senior said.

    There's still plenty of time to study, however.

    "I have never been challenged as much in my academics than I have at UF, but being challenged like this is only going to help me in life after college," a junior noted.

     



    28. Tulane University

    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

    Academics: A+

    Party Scene: A+

    "Tulane seamlessly combines social life and academic rigor to provide a great college experience and ensure success after graduation," one sophomore commented.

    Other students agree — Tulane students study as hard as they party.

    "Most students follow the 'work hard, play hard' model religiously," one freshman reported. "Most students study all day and go out after. People do go out a decent amount during the week, as many of the bars have deals during weeknights." 



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    Dalston Roof Park FULL

    Britain is finally getting some warm weather.

    And you know what that means for the capital? Apart from inevitable T-shirt tans and possible sun stroke, Londoners will be flocking to every green space available, whether in parks or to rooftops to have a drink.

    So, Business Insider decided to reveal some of the coolest, yet affordable outdoor spaces in London to get in a cool, refreshing pint.

    Whether you prefer boozing in a park, by the river or sipping cocktail on a sunlounger, there's something for everyone.

    Have a dose of decadence at Kensington Roof Gardens near High Street Kensington tube station without shelling out a month's wages on a booze bill. Whether it's a bite to eat at the Babylon Restaurant or a cocktail on the terrace, there will be sun — there are deals that include unlimited wine for 5 hours at only £48.50 per person if you get enough people together.



    Or maybe you prefer a hipster vibe? Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch is perhaps the closest you'll get to feeling like you're at a festival. Think wigwams, cocktails, cider, and mushroom stools. Glasses of wine start as little as £3.10 and pints start from £4.40.



    Staying in the East End, Dalston Roof Park offers incredible views, open space, and mattresses (for presumably when you get a little bit tipsy). You can get change from a £10 note when getting a beer and double spirit drink.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    2x1_30 richest colleges in america

    University endowments support a school's operating budget and help it invest in its future, from providing scholarships and financial aid to funding research and other initiatives. The richest colleges, frequently the most prestigious, can offer more of these opportunities to its students and community, giving them a leg up in recruitment and helping them burnish their academic reputation. 

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a US government organization that collects and analyzes education data, provided Business Insider with the most recent figures on US college endowments (the fiscal year ending in October 2014). It also provided its most recent data on the annual cost for a student to attend each college while living on campus. 

    Harvard University isn't just one of the top schools in the country academically, it also has the largest endowment of any American college with $36 billion — that's $13 billion more than the second-richest school, Yale University. 

    The following 30 colleges all have endowments of more than $2.9 billion, making them the richest in America.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best colleges in America

    DON'T MISS: The 50 best business schools in the world

    30. University of Washington

    Location: Seattle, Washington

    Endowment: $2.92 billion

    Tuition: $26,698 (in-state); $47,817 (out-of-state)

    Founded in 1861, UW is made up of three campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell — Seattle is the university’s main campus and boasts the largest endowment. UW's alumni include 136 Fulbright Scholars, 35 Rhodes Scholars, seven Marshall Scholars, and four Gates Cambridge Scholars. Preserving the environment is a priority for the school — it launched the UW Sustainability program in 2008 to promote projects that promote resource conservation and behavior change.



    29. University of Minnesota at Twin Cities

    Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Endowment: $2.99 billion

    Tuition: $25,674 (in-state); $32,924 (out-of-state)

    The more than 30,000 students who attend the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities learn from accomplished professors who have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and MacArthur Fellowships, among other awards. UMN graduates go on to impressive feats as well: Alumni have started over 10,000 companies, generating a combined $100 billion in revenue.



    28. Brown University

    Location: Providence, Rhode Island

    Endowment: $3 billion

    Tuition: $62,694

    Brown is a leading research university with a 9% acceptance rate, though it has the lowest endowment of the eight Ivy League schools. The college offers a wide variety of undergraduate study in more than 40 academic departments as well as 51 doctoral programs and 28 master’s programs. Former Apple and Pepsi CEO John Sculley, actress Emma Watson, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen are among Brown's most successful alumni.



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    Raleigh Charter High School

    Great public schools abound in the US, but for some students the less traditional and often-times smaller educational experience offered by charter schools is a better fit.

    Charter schools still operate within public school districts, but typically they don't have to follow all of the regulations other schools do, leaving them open to alternative teaching methods and different programs. These schools usually have limited enrollment and may accept students through an application process or lottery system. 

    U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the best high schools in America, gathering data on more than 21,000 public schools across the country. They also separately highlighted the country's top charter schools

    The ranking looked at graduation rates, college readiness, and how well students at each school performed statistically compared to others in their state. The college readiness score (out of a possible 100) measures which schools produce the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of students, using AP and IB scores as benchmarks. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here

    For parents and students interested in the charter school experience, here are the top-25 schools to consider in the US — each of which also ranks in the U.S. News' top-100 high schools overall. 

     

    SEE ALSO: The 50 smartest private high schools in the US

    DON'T MISS: The best public high school in every state

    25. Treknorth High School

    Location:Bemidji, Minnesota

    Enrollment: 169

    College readiness: 86.4

    Graduation rate: 76%



    24. Early College High School

    Location:Laredo, Texas

    Enrollment: 416

    College readiness: 86.6

    Graduation rate: 100%



    23. Charter School of Wilmington

    Location:Wilmington, Delaware

    Enrollment: 970

    College readiness: 87.1

    Graduation rate: 100%



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    thomas jefferson high school for science and technology

    Jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math are booming in the US — and average salaries for STEM jobs are nearly twice the national average.

    It's no surprise, then, that high schools across the country are ramping up their emphasis on teaching STEM skills.

    U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the best high schools in America, gathering data on more than 21,000 public schools across the country. It also separately highlighted the best STEM high schools.

    The overall ranking measures high schools by graduation rates, college readiness, and how well students at each school performed statistically compared to others in their state. The college readiness score — out of a possible 100 — measures which schools produce the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of students, using AP and IB scores as benchmarks. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

    The U.S. News STEM index, which awards a score out of 100 to the top 500 high schools in the country, is determined by the percentage of students who took and passed Advanced Placement tests in STEM subjects.

    Read on for the 25 best high schools in the country for learning science, technology, engineering, and math:

    SEE ALSO: 50 smartest public schools in America

    DON'T MISS: 50 smartest private schools in America

    No. 25. Pine View School

    Location: Osprey, Florida

    Enrollment: 2,180

    STEM index: 85.9

    College readiness: 100

    Graduation rate: 100%

     



    No. 24. Solon High School

    Location:Solon, Ohio

    Enrollment: 1,705

    STEM index: 86

    College readiness: 60.9

    Graduation rate: 98%



    No. 23. Darien High School

    Location: Darien, Connecticut

    Enrollment: 1,354

    STEM index: 86.3

    College readiness: 56.3

    Graduation rate: 98%



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    denver coloradoU.S. News & World Report recently named Denver the best place to live in America, beating out hyped-up cities like Austin and Portland.

    And it delivers. From a strong job market and low unemployment rate to a thriving restaurant scene, Denver has become a cultural hub. It not only boasts practical perks, such as a low crime rate and good schools, but it has that intangible glow that makes it trendy and desirable.

    Here are 14 reasons to consider Denver as your next hometown. 

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best places to live in America

    DON'T MISS: The 20 best places to live in America if you want to make a lot of money

    First of all, there are jobs. Strong aerospace, defense, biotech, healthcare, finance, and hospitality sectors create a wealth of positions, both in number and diversity. The city has also become a hotspot for millennials, bringing in fresh talent and energy. Between 2011 and 2014, nearly 3,200 new firms opened in Denver, driving down the unemployment rate and helping add more than 165,000 new jobs.

    Sources: U.S. News, Wall Street Journal



    Not only are there jobs, but they also pay well. At $53,060 per year, Denver’s average annual salary sits higher than the national average of $47,230.

    Source: U.S. News



    Denver’s unemployment rate also beats the national average. Only 3.1% of Denver residents are unemployed, compared to 4.9% of all US citizens.

    Source: FRED



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    The richest people in Britain have suffered from the worst fall in fortune since the credit crunch in 2007, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2016.

    The newspaper, which lists the 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in the UK, said that the commodities-market crash has had such a pronounced effect on some of Britain's most wealthy people that they've seen their fortunes crater by over 50% over the last few years. 

    Regular rich list member and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal has seen his wealth crash by around 75% since 2008 — he used to be worth £27.7 billion but now he's worth £7.12 billion. Len Blavatnik, the London-based, Ukrainian-born US citizen who is the owner of Warner Music Group, dropped from the No. 1 spot this year. And the Queen has failed to make the top 300 for the second consecutive year.

    Only those who have significant property investments have seen their fortunes grow due to the housing boom.

    Take a look at who made the top 25 spots this year below:

    25. Baroness Howard de Walden and family

    Net worth:£3.63 billion ($5.22 billion)

    Age: 80

    The eldest of four daughters of the late Lord Howard de Walden leads the family's property empire, which grew by £400 million in 2014 to 2015. The family controls 90 acres of central London land.

    The Sunday Times said that "with central London values holding up well, we value the family's business assets at £3.4 billion ($4.9 billion) and add £230 million ($331.28 million) for other wealth."



    24. Denise, John, and Peter Coates

    Net worth:£3.765 billion ($5.422 billion)

    Age: 48, 46, 68

    Denise Coates is Britain's richest self-made woman thanks to turning her small betting shop into the world's largest online gambling company — Bet365.

    The Sunday Times said that the family mortgaged all of their "small chain of pretty rubbish betting shops," as described by Denise, to buy the Bet365 domain name for $25,000 on eBay.

    Now Bet365 is worth at least £3.5 billion.

     



    23. Bruno Schroder

    Net worth:£4.06 billion ($5.84 billion)

    Age: 83

    Schroder and his family own a £3.7 billion ($5.32 billion) stake in City-based asset-management group Schroders. He is the great-great-grandson of John Henry Schroder, who cofounded the Schroders businesses in 1804. He is still a nonexecutive director of the group.



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    The wealthiest private colleges in America eclipse many corporate giants as financial powerhouses. The endowment for Yale University, for instance, is worth nearly twice as much Macy's or MGM Resorts. Harvard University — the richest college in the country and $13 billion wealthier than Yale — could buy Prudential, General Mills, or Nokia with its $36 billion endowment. 

    Schools like Yale and Harvard use their endowments to support their operating budget and invest for future opportunities, from providing scholarships and financial aid to funding research and other initiatives. The richest colleges, frequently the most prestigious, can offer more of these opportunities to their students and community, giving them a leg up in recruitment and helping them burnish their academic reputation.

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), an organization under the US government that collects and analyzes education data, provided Business Insider with the most recent figures on US college endowments (the fiscal year ending in October 2014). It also provided its most recent data on the annual cost for a student to attend each college while living on campus. 

    Business Insider rounded up the 30 richest colleges overall, and below we've highlighted the 20 wealthiest private colleges — which all boast endowments of more than $3 billion.

    Additional reporting by Alex Morrell.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best colleges in America

    DON'T MISS: The 30 richest colleges in America

    20. Johns Hopkins University

    Location: Baltimore, Maryland

    Endowment: $3.39 billion

    Total cost:$63,529

    With nine schools and more than 240 programs— including top-ranked biomedical and environmental engineering programs— Johns Hopkins offers undergraduates endless areas of study, from biophysics to music composition. Johns Hopkins Hospital, the teaching hospital and medical center affiliated with JHU’s school of medicine, is regarded as one the best in the country.



    19. New York University

    Location: New York, New York

    Endowment: $3.44 billion

    Total cost: $66,022

    The largest private research university in the US, NYU has over 40,000 students not only in New York but in cities all over the world, including Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its renowned Tisch School of the Arts has churned out notable alumni such as Martin Scorsese and Alec Baldwin. The university's Stern School of Business is one of the 20 best business schools in the world.



    18. Vanderbilt University

    Location: Nashville, Tennessee

    Endowment: $4.05 billion

    Total cost: $62,320

    Vanderbilt prides itself on being ranked No. 1 on the list of schools with the happiest students by Princeton Review. With over 200 music venues surrounding the school’s campus, Music City provides the university's students with a lush playground for exploration. The options don’t stop there, about 40% of Vanderbilt’s students choose to study abroad with one of the university’s more than 120 programs available in 36 countries on six continents.



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    Obviously, college is more than just football games and dorm parties — it's also a lot of work. But some students are working harder than others.

    Nichea company that researches and compiles information on schools, analyzed its data to find the colleges where students work the hardest.

    To come up with this ranking, Niche looked at the academic rigor and student workload at traditional four-year schools in the US.

    It took the academic grade for each school based on the quality of the professors, academic achievements of incoming students, graduation rates, and student reviews of their academic experience. Niche also calculated a composite score of users' responses to questions pertaining to study habits, class attendance, homework, office hours and study sessions, and overall workload. Each factor was given equal weight and combined into Niche's final score out of 100.

    Visit Niche for more college rankings, and read on to see the top 50 schools where students hit the books the hardest.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best business schools in the world

    DON'T MISS: The best public high school in every state

    50. University of Virginia

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Niche score: 90

    From day one, UVA students put in tremendous effort.

    "You'll be working your [butt] off, but you should be learning, too," one freshman said.

    A sophomore agreed: "The professors for the most part are extremely approachable, libraries are a great and beautiful option for studying, and classes are extremely difficult but worthwhile if you put the necessary time into them."

    Visit Niche for more information on the University of Virginia.



    49. Emory University

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Niche score: 90.1

    "The workload is difficult, but there are exceptional professors who make it worthwhile," one sophomore reported.

    Students also point out that time-management skills are key to handling the workload.

    "Emory is definitely not an easy school in terms of academics, but what you get out of your education is very rewarding," one freshman said. "As long as you manage your time well, you should be able to manage your workload while keeping up with your social life."

    Visit Niche for more information on Emory University.



    48. Colgate University

    Hamilton, New York

    Niche score: 90.3

    "My classes are heavy in reading and writing and I have a rather large workload," one freshman noted.

    But there are upsides.

    "Teachers are great and always there to help you, and my biggest class is 30 people," they added.

    Visit Niche for more information on Colgate University.



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    Finding the perfect job can be tough — it can often mean choosing between great benefits, a big paycheck, and doing something you're passionate about. But if you work at the right place, you don't have to choose.

    Business Insider teamed up with PayScale, a company that tracks and researches employee compensation and benefit information, to find dream-job companies where a premium is placed on employee satisfaction.

    To create the list, PayScale ranked companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list against its salary and survey database, homing in on six criteria: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay (for employees with at least five years of experience), and whether a company pays above or below market price for their employees. Read a detailed breakdown of the methodology here.

    Google dethroned last year's No. 1, Facebook, to take the top spot this year, followed by pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb and software company Symantec. Electric utility Southern Co. and Facebook round out the top five.

    Keep reading to check out the full list of the best companies to work for in America:

    SEE ALSO: The 50 most powerful companies in America

    50. Ameren

    Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri

    Experienced median pay: $88,100

    High job satisfaction: 78% of employees

    The holding company oversees operations for Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois, two of the largest energy providers in their respective states. Ameren employs more than 8,500 people, and PayScale reports that 74% of employees say that their job has high meaning.



    49. NRG Energy

    Headquarters: Houston, Texas, and Princeton, New Jersey

    Experienced median pay: $96,700

    High job satisfaction: 85% of employees

    Employees at green-energy company NRG can take advantage of benefits like college scholarships, rewards for outstanding work, and discounts on appliances and services to make their homes more sustainable, such as solar-panel installation, smart thermostats, and electric vehicles. The company's Houston campus is LEED-certified, and the Princeton headquarters will receive a number of upgrades to make it more environmentally friendly.



    48. New York Life Insurance

    Headquarters:New York, New York

    Experienced median pay: $76,000

    High job satisfaction: 76% of employees

    New York Life Insurance, one of the largest insurance firms in the world, offers a number of programs to support diversity within the company. It has seven employment-resource groups created to promote inclusion and "a sense of collaboration in the community," including The Women's Initiative, which fosters career development for the company's female employees, who comprise 57% of the company.



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    Thanks to the premium Google places on its employees' happiness, the tech giant has proven itself to be the gold standard for employers.

    Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Google — recently renamed Alphabet in a corporate restructuring — just topped Business Insider's 2016 list of the 50 best companies to work for in America, based on exclusive data from PayScale. The search giant dethroned Facebook (ranked No. 5), which held the top spot in 2015.

    US employees who work at Google gave the company high marks on PayScale's employee survey in a number of areas, including compensation, job satisfaction, and job meaning. Here's why Google ranked the best company to work for in America:

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    A high percentage of Googlers say they're satisfied in their job

    According to PayScale, 86% of Google employees say they are either extremely satisfied or fairly satisfied with their job.

    As Google HR boss Laszlo Bock explains in his book, "Work Rules!" the key to Google's success as a workplace is constantly innovating, experimenting, and keeping things fun.

    "What's beautiful about this approach is that a great environment is a self-reinforcing one: All of these efforts support one another, and together create an organization that is creative, fun, hardworking, and highly productive," he writes.

    A major contributor to Google's unique work environment is all the amazing perks the "Googleplex" has to offer.

    More than 64,000 Google employees can take advantage of perks like free healthy and gourmet meals, laundry and fitness facilities, generous paid parental leave, and on-site childcare. One employee in Mountain View describes Google as "a company that treats their employees great and in return gets motivated and loyal employees."

    Employees also report that Google allows them flexibility to work on passion projects and tap into their creativity. Google also encourages its employees to become teachers and coach one another to help build a more creative, satisfied, and intimate community of employees.



    Most Googlers think their work makes the world a better place

    PayScale reports 73% of Google employees find their jobs to be meaningful. This isn't surprising, considering the company's mission: "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

    As Bock explains, this is "a moral rather than a business goal," and one that is intentionally impossible to achieve.

    "This creates motivation to constantly innovate and push into new areas," he writes. "A mission that is about being a 'market leader,' once accomplished, offers little more inspiration. The broad scope of our mission allows Google to move forward by steering with a compass rather than a speedometer."

    Googlers have responded well to this mission, saying on Glassdoor that meaningful and challenging projects is what attracted them to and keeps them at the company.



    Googlers say their compensation is the best

    Google attracts and keeps talent with its competitive salaries. According to PayScale, the median salary of experienced workers is $140,000, the second highest on the list, and even employees with less than one year of experience earn on average around $93,000.

    Google also gets high points for paying above market for its employees.

    It's worth noting that two people in the same role at Google can be paid drastically different amounts, and this is intentional.

    "It's hard work to have pay ranges where someone can make two or even 10 times more than someone else," Bock writes. "But it's much harder to watch your highest-potential and best people walk out the door. It makes you wonder which companies are really paying unfairly: the ones where the best people make far more than average, or the ones where everyone is paid the same."



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    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    The richest public universities in the country boast endowments above 10 figures, placing them in the upper echelon of higher education. Texas A&M University at College Station, for example, has an endowment of $10.52 billion, not only making it the wealthiest public university in America, but also the sixth wealthiest among all universities, right behind MIT and Princeton. 

    Whether public or private, university endowments support a school's operating budget and help it invest in its future, from providing scholarships and financial aid to funding research and other initiatives. The richest colleges, frequently the most prestigious, can offer more of these opportunities to their students and community, giving them a leg up in recruitment and helping them burnish their academic reputation.

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)an organization under the US government that collects and analyzes education data, provided Business Insider with the most recent figures on US college endowments (the fiscal year ending in October 2014). It also provided its most recent data on the annual cost for a student to attend each college while living on campus. 

    The following 12 colleges each have endowments of more than $2.4 billion, making them the richest public universities in America.

    Additional reporting by Alex Morrell.

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    12. Purdue University

    Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

    Endowment: $2.45 billion

    Tuition: $23,002 (in-state); $41,804 (out-of-state)

    Purdue University is home to the country's best undergraduate biological and agricultural engineering programDiscovery Park — the school's 40-acre collaborative research hub with more than $1 billion in research investments — is a leader in several areas from cancer treatment and drug discovery to environmental and STEM learning.



    11. Michigan State University

    Location: East Lansing, Michigan

    Endowment: $2.55 billion

    Tuition: $25,350 (in-state); $47,115 (out-of-state)

    MSU was founded as a land-grant university and the first US institute of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. The school now offers 15 majors focused on environmentalism and reports that it's one of the top-five campuses for sustainability.



    10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Endowment: $2.66 billion

    Tuition: $25,650 (in-state); $50,732 (out-of-state)

    In the late 18th century, UNC Chapel Hill became the first public university in America to award degrees. Today, it's revered as one of the best public colleges in the nation for its accomplishments in research, innovation, and healthcare. The school — which is part of the 16-school UNC system — also boasts a top-rated undergraduate business program with specialties in marketing, management, and finance.



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    Money's not the only thing that matters when looking for a job. If you're going to spend eight or more hours per day at work, it should be doing something fulfilling and enjoyable. 

    As part of Business Insider's recently released ranking of the 50 best companies to work for in America, compiled in partnership with PayScale, we found dream-job companies where a premium is placed on employee satisfaction. 

    PayScale measured the percentage of employees at a given company who report high job satisfaction based on the number of respondents who who answered "extremely satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" to the question, "How satisfied are you in your job?" on their employee survey. We ranked the top-13, giving the tie-breaker to the companies that performed better on the overall list of best employers. 

    Facebook, known for its plentiful perks and inclusive company culture, has the highest number of happy employees, with 97% reporting high job satisfaction. Software company Salesforce.com came in second, with 90% of employees, and utilities company Southern Co. rounded out third place with 88% of employees. 

    Read on to check out the best companies to work for if you want to be happy at work.

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    13. 3M

    Headquarters:Maplewood, Minnesota

    Experienced median pay: $85,100

    High job satisfaction: 80% of employees

    Nearly 90,000 employees are dedicated to this industrial conglomerate's five diverse business groups: consumer, electronics and energy, healthcare, industrial, and safety and graphics. The company also offers a bevy of benefits, including on-site fitness centers, stress-management coaching, and an on-site pharmacy and medical center.



    12. American Express

    Headquarters: New York, New York

    Experienced median pay:$98,800

    High job satisfaction: 80% of employees

    Credit-card and financial-services titan American Express provides employees benefits like paid family leave and health insurance, as well as an on-site gym and café at the New York City headquarters. It's also among the most flexible businesses on our list, with half of employees reporting the ability to work from home, according to PayScale.



    11. DuPont

    Headquarters: Wilmington, Delaware

    Experienced median pay: $95,900

    High job satisfaction: 81% of employees

    DuPont makes it a point to ensure that employees are able to maintain a healthy work-life balance. To accomplish this, the chemicals giant offers a family-leave program, which lets employees take time off for maternity and paternity leave, adoptions, and foster children and to care for ill family members. DuPont also offers dependent-care spending accounts that help employees save on childcare and adoption expenses.

    DuPont also strives to create an environment where employees feel valued, and a solid 66% of employees report high job meaning.



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    Pfizer world headquartersAnyone looking to break into the healthcare industry will find there are plenty of careers to choose from. These types of jobs can lead to meaningful work, high job satisfaction, and great pay. 

    Business Insider teamed up with PayScalea compensation software and data company, to find the 50 best companies to work for in America— dream-job companies where a premium is placed on employee satisfaction. 

    Healthcare companies were well-represented on the list — they accounted for 20% of it — so we decided to rank them separately. The industry ranks shuffled a bit from last year, with pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb jumping up one spot to take first place and last year’s No. 1, Amgen, dropping down to No. 5. 

    To create the list, PayScale ranked companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list against its salary and survey database, homing in on six criteria: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay (for employees with at least five years of experience), and whether a company pays above or below market price for their employees. Read a detailed breakdown of the methodology here.

    Read on to find out the best healthcare companies to work for in America: 

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    11. Allergan

    Headquarters: Parsippany, New Jersey (US headquarters)

    Experienced median pay: $110,000

    High job satisfaction: 84% of employees

    Allergan commits to environmental sustainability by using green materials, equipment, and technology whenever possible. The pharmaceutical company also coaches employees on sustainability practices through its Environmental Responsibility Program, aiming to help them improve their habits at work and at home.



    10. Abbott Laboratories

    Headquarters:Abbott Park, Illinois

    Experienced median pay: $93,500

    High job satisfaction: 73% of employees

    Healthcare giant Abbott Laboratories offers an extensive list of benefits that help keep job satisfaction high. In addition to a number of health and wellness-related programs, the company offers tuition assistance, three weeks of paid vacation for new hires, paternity leave, and an assistance program for mothers to help ease the transition back to work.



    9. St. Jude Medical

    Headquarters:St. Paul, Minnesota

    Experienced median pay: $85,700

    High job satisfaction: 74% of employees

    At the medical-devices manufacturing company, employees are encouraged to take advantage of the LiveWell Program, which lets them get on-site health screenings and free health assessments. PayScale notes that 18% of St. Jude Medical employees reported low job stress — one of the best scores for a company ranked in the top 50.



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    Energy is one of the largest and most profitable industries in the US, and it's imperative that companies in the competitive sector keep their employees happy to retain top talent.

    Business Insider recently teamed up with PayScalea compensation software and data company, to put together a list of the best companies to work for in America in 2016Though Google took the top spot this year, one-fifth of the companies on the list are in energy-related industries.

    Not only are employees at these 10 energy companies highly satisfied with their jobs — every company reports more than 72% of employees having high job satisfaction — they're also paid well. PayScale reports the median pay at every energy company for employees with at least five years of experience is over $85,000, with four companies reporting a median pay over $100,000.

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    10. Ameren

    Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri

    Experienced median pay: $88,100

    High job satisfaction: 78% of employees

    The holding company oversees operations for Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois, two of the largest energy providers in their respective states. Ameren employs more than 8,500 people, and PayScale reports that 74% of employees say that their job has high meaning.



    9. NRG Energy

    Headquarters: Houston, Texas, and Princeton, New Jersey

    Experienced median pay: $96,700

    High job satisfaction: 85% of employees

    Employees at green-energy company NRG can take advantage of benefits like college scholarships, rewards for outstanding work, and discounts on appliances and services to make their homes more sustainable, such as solar-panel installation, smart thermostats, and electric vehicles. The company's Houston campus is LEED-certified, and the Princeton headquarters will receive a number of upgrades to make it more environmentally friendly.



    8. NextEra Energy

    Headquarters: Juno Beach, Florida

    Experienced median pay:$87,500

    High job satisfaction: 72% of employees

    The clean-energy company employs 14,300 people in 27 states and Canada. NextEra Energy's Florida headquarters— which achieved LEED-gold recertification last year — has a fitness center, nature trail, running track, and outdoor volleyball court.



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    Biogen employeesStress has some pretty damaging side effects. People who experience a heavy workload and get little support from their boss are more likely to experience sleep problems that can harm their health later in life.

    To find some great companies to work for where stress levels well-managed, Business Insider teamed up with PayScalea compensation software and data company, to find the 50 best companies to work for in America

    From that list, we looked at the percentages of employees who reported a low job stress. This was determined by the number of respondents at each company that answered “My job is relaxing” or “Not stressful” when asked about their job. Read a detailed breakdown of the methodology here.

    We ranked the top-14, giving the tie-breaker to the companies that performed better on the overall list of best employers. This year’s No. 1, Southern Co., moved up from the second spot with 28% of employees reporting low stress — a small improvement from last year.

    Keep reading to see the 14 best companies to work for in America with low job stress:

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    14. Baker Hughes

    Headquarters: Houston, Texas

    Experienced median pay: $93,700

    Employees reporting low stress: 13%

    Baker Hughes focuses on each employees' potential, not where they are when they start. This principle spurred the oil and gas services company to build LearnLink, an online course system that allows employees to develop new skills and further their education in any area that interests them. Baker Hughes also operates two standalone education centers in Houston and Dubai where new and experienced employees receive training and sharpen their skills.



    13. American Express

    Headquarters: New York, New York

    Experienced median pay:$98,800

    Employees reporting low stress: 13%

    Credit-card and financial-services titan American Express provides employees benefits like paid family leave and health insurance, as well as an on-site gym and café at the New York City headquarters. It's also among the most flexible businesses on our list, with half of employees reporting the ability to work from home, according to PayScale.



    12. NetApp

    Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California

    Experienced median pay:$129,000

    Employees reporting low stress: 13%

    NetApp, a data-storage and cloud-management company, has a slew of employee benefits that have become typical of tech companies competing for top talent, including gourmet food and on-site fitness centers, as well as coworker training programs and time off to volunteer.

    Senior software engineers draw the largest salaries at NetApp, pulling in $145,000 on average, followed closely by senior product managers, who make $143,000, according to PayScale.



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