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    unviersity of denver study abroad

    For students with the travel bug, a college's study abroad program can make or break where they decide to go to school. But before students can jet off to their country of choice, they need to find a program that is the right fit for them. 

    The Princeton Review recently released its 2017 college rankings, which included a list of the 20 most popular study abroad programsin the US.

    To create the ranking, The Princeton Review asked 143,000 students at 381 schools "How popular is studying abroad at your school?" Students responded on a five-point scale ranging from "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree."

    Read on to learn why these colleges have the most popular study abroad programs.

    SEE ALSO: The 20 colleges with the most school spirit

    DON'T MISS: The 50 best colleges in America

    20. University of Delaware

    Location:Newark, Delaware

    The Institute for Global Studies at UDel coordinates over 70 study-abroad programs annually. This fall, UDel is leading trips to a dozen countries including Japan, Italy, Portugal, and France.

    UDel also offers winter and summer programs that last anywhere from three to five weeks, and offers one or two courses in a variety of disciplines.

    19. Syracuse University

    Location: Syracuse, New York

    SU Abroad has more than 60 World Partner programs where students can enroll, pay tuition, receive grants, and retain scholarships and financial aid through Syracuse while abroad. These programs appeal to students interested in a specific school, country, or area of study, like attending film school in Prague or studying biodiversity in Madagascar.

    Syracuse also has eight centers abroad that host SU students in five European countries as well as Turkey, China, and Chile.

    18. Carleton College

    Location: Northfield, Minnesota

    Carleton College employs a faculty-led program model that extends "The Carleton Experience" off-campus. This year, the school is offering 18 study-abroad programs led by faculty and sponsored by a number of academic departments. Destinations include Ireland, France, and Russia.

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    When choosing a career, it's important to seek out jobs that are meaningful and challenging.

    But a high salary doesn't hurt, either.

    US News & World Report recently released its 2017 Best Jobs rankings, which determines the best occupations in the US based on median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. You can read more about the methodology here.

    The publication then ranked these coveted positions by pay, finding that, unsurprisingly, many of America's top jobs come with six-figure salaries. Positions in the healthcare sector dominated the list, with anesthesiologists claiming the top spot, followed by surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

    Read on to see the 20 best high-paying jobs in the US, with salary data and projected job growth included from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    SEE ALSO: Amazon, IBM, and 8 other big companies hiring for high-paying jobs like crazy right now

    DON'T MISS: 15 high-paying side jobs that will put your hobbies to good use

    20. Pharmacist

    Average annual salary: $119,270

    Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 3%

    Imperative to the healthcare industry, pharmacists not only fill prescriptions, but also educate patients on the potential side effects of their medications, teach them how to handle side effects, and monitor which prescriptions each patient is taking to prevent mixing incompatible drugs.

    19. Business-operations manager

    Average annual salary: $119,460

    Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 7%

    Business-operations managers take care of the details that are vital to keeping a business running, including hiring new talent, negotiating contracts, making strategy decisions, and building and leading effective teams. The highest-paying cities for this job are Bridgeport, Connecticut, New York City, and Trenton, New Jersey.

    18. Sales manager

    Average annual salary: $130,400

    Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 5%

    Sales managers get their company's product into customers' hands. This requires managers to establish client relationships and sales territory, guide sales teams, develop training programs for new hires, outline team strategies, and set short- and long-term goals.

    Sales managers typically hold either a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration and have expertise in marketing.

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    Austin Texas

    When deciding where to put down roots, many factors rest in the eye of the beholder, such as climate, politics, or proximity to extended family.

    Other aspects are coveted by nearly everybody: affordable housing, access to well-paying jobs, a low cost of living, good schools, and quality healthcare. In its 2017 ranking of the best places to live in America, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on these crucial components for the 100 most populous US cities.

    They then categorized the data into five indexes for each city — job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration — to definitively rank these major metro areas. You can read U.S. News' full methodology here.

    Scores for "value," a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and "quality of life," which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, and other factors, are included below on a 10-point scale, as well as the city’s population and average annual salary.

    Keep reading to discover the 50 best places to live in America.

    SEE ALSO: Home prices are soaring — here's how much the average home costs in the 15 most popular big cities

    DON'T MISS: The 15 best states to live in when you retire

    50. Atlanta, Georgia

    Population: 5,538,837

    Average annual salary: $49,430

    Quality of life: 5.8

    Value: 7

    An attractive blend of big city and big country, Atlanta is attracting transplants far and wide with its award-winning restaurants, culture centers, and flourishing job market. More than a dozen Fortune 500 companies call the city home, including Delta, The Home Depot, and The Coca-Cola Company, and it's an increasingly popular spot for film productions.

    In addition, "The Chattahoochee River that traverses the metro area, and Stone Mountain, the world's largest chunk of exposed granite, located just northeast of the city proper, also offer a quick escape from any urban anxiety," says one local expert.

    49. Melbourne, Florida

    Population: 553,591

    Average annual salary: $45,470

    Quality of life: 7.3

    Value: 6.1

    Between fishing, boating, and a plethora of bars and restaurants, there's never a shortage of things to do in the Melbourne area. The city's ripe with retirees and "snowbirds"— people who split their time between colder climates in the summer and Florida in the winter — who can enjoy days on one of the many nearby golf courses and nights out exploring the local shops and art galleries.

    48. Kansas City, Missouri

    Population: 2,055,675

    Average annual salary: $47,640

    Quality of life: 6.1

    Value: 7.5

    Don't call it a flyover city. Innovation, creativity, and a celebrated history combine to make Kansas City a hub of activity. In addition to a low cost of living and an abundance of jobs, residents enjoy exploring the city's thriving art scene, cheering on the Royals during baseball season, and noshing on Kansas City's signature style of barbecue — slow cooked and topped with a tomato-based sauce.

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    It is a boom time for billionaires, according to this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.

    The 29th Sunday Times Rich List, which lists the 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in the UK, revealed that "this year’s 500 richest individuals and families are now wealthier than the entire top 1,000 were in 2016."

    Those who saw their fortunes soar were mainly those making money out of the City, those holding huge property portfolios, or people who were involved in manufacturing. This year though, it the top of the list saw some huge gains in individual fortunes. For example, the Lakshmi family, which owns the largest steel maker in the world ArcelorMittal, saw their wealth grow by £6.1 billion in just one year.

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

    25. Joe Lewis

    Net worth: £4.601 billion

    Age: 80

    Lewis initially made his his fortune in the hospitality business but now is incredibly rich due to his investment in Tavistock — an operation which has interests in more than 200 companies. He own four yachts and the latest 320 feet one is "more than an office – it's also my home for much of the year," he said to The Sunday Times.

    He also has a huge art collection, which includes works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and owns Tottenham Hotspur football club.

    24. Christo Wiese

    Net worth: £4.62 billion

    Age: 75

    South African retail mogul Christo Wiese was a newcomer to The Sunday Times Rich List last year, thanks to his range of investments in retail and property.

    His active-property portfolio is alone worth £80 million and he has large stakes in seven publicly traded companies. He is also the largest single shareholder in Africa’s biggest retailer, Shoprite, and in 2015 he bought the New Look fashion chain in Britain.

    23. Sir Richard Branson

    Net worth: £4.865 billion

    Age: 66

    Branson is Britain's poster child for entrepreneurship. He built his Virgin empire, which comprises 400 companies, from the age of 16. His group now does everything from mobiles to banking to aviation and even, potentially, space travel. He's known for his sense of humour and once pulled an extreme April Fools' Day prank on a coworker — and got arrested.

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    Kirsty Bertarelli was just named Britain's richest woman again, according to the 2017 Sunday Times Rich List.

    And as a multibillionaire she lives an enviably incredible life.

    Her fortune is so vast that it eclipses that of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and the Queen combined at £1.01 billion. Bertarelli's net worth is now at £11.5 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2017.

    She became Miss UK as a teenager, an accomplished music writer in her 20s, and then in her 30s she became the wife and the mother of three children with Switzerland's richest man, Ernesto Bertarelli, who sold his family's pharmaceuticals firm Serono for £9 billion to Merck in 2007.

    Now in her 40s, she is trying to take the world by storm with her singing. She has already supported Simply Red's Mick Hucknall in concert and performed for the prince and princess of Monaco.

    Through interviews from The Telegraph,the Mirror, and her website, as well as pictures from her Instagram, we've put together the fairytale that is Kirsty Bertarelli's life.

    Kirsty Bertarelli, née Roper, was born in Stone, Staffordshire, on June 30, 1971.

    But her tale isn't a "rags to riches" story. Her father, along with her uncles, owned one of the world's largest manufacturers of ceramics, Churchill China.

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    Prince in concert

    Great music can be found all across these United States. And every state has a famous band that hails from it.

    To determine the most famous band from every state, Business Insider looked at reputation, record sales, and awards, considering each band within its own era, so just because a band is popular now doesn't mean it's nudged out the biggest band from another decade.

    We stuck to bands only — no solo artists here — but used the term "band" loosely, including any musical act consisting of more than one person. We focused mostly on the state where each band originally formed, but also considered where their music was popularized, as well as artists' hometowns.

    Check out which band is making your state proud.

    Christi Danner contributed to a previous version of this article. 

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best movies of all time, according to critics on Metacritic

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    ALABAMA: Alabama

    One of the most successful bands of all time, Alabama has sold over 73 million records and has seven multiplatinum albums and two Grammys. The band sold more records during the '80s than any other bandNot only is their success impressive by any measure, but they also did a lot to make country music popular in the mainstream.

    ALASKA: Portugal. The Man

    Portugal. The Man released their debut album, "Waiter: You Vultures!" in 2006 and booked their first headlining tour the next year. The rock band released three more albums — including breakout record "The Satanic Satanist"— before signing with Atlantic Records in 2009. Danger Mouse, known for working with artists like Beck and The Black Keys, produced Portugal. The Man's 2013 album, "Evil Friends."

    ARIZONA: Alice Cooper

    The first of the many shock-rock bands of the '70s, Alice Cooper kept fans entranced with their gender-bending outfits and dark onstage theatrics — concert-goers could expect performances to include stunts like Cooper's faux-beheading via guillotine. But it's the music that kept fans coming back for more, and their riff-heavy brand of hard rock produced a string of hits including "School's Out" and "Be My Lover." Alice Cooper was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    boston fourth of july celebrations

    There are people who are proud to be American, and then there are cities that bust out the red, white, and blue like it's nobody's business.

    To celebrate the Fourth of July, we found the most patriotic cities in the US.

    We based this list of several criteria, including the percentage of people who are veterans — according to the 2012 American Community Survey— and the percentage of residents 18 and over who voted in the 2012 presidential election. Personal finance site Wallet Hub releases an annual ranking of the best places to celebrate the Fourth, which we also considered.

    Melissa Stanger contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

    SEE ALSO: Disturbing before-and-after images show what major US cities could look like in the year 2100

    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Virginia is for lovers, veterans, and government employees — with more than 150,000 people working for the government in some capacity. On the national holiday, residents of Virginia Beach head to the shoreline to enjoy a concert from the Quantico Marine Corps Band's Concert Band and Rock Band, food, and fireworks.

    St. Louis, Missouri

    St. Louis bills its annual Fourth of July festivities as "America's Biggest Birthday Party"— and it's only a slight exaggeration. Forest Park, the grounds that once hosted the 1905 World Fair, host a music festival — which this year features Akon, 3 Doors Down, and country superstar Jake Owen — as well as fireworks displays and air shows.

    Omaha, Nebraska

    Fireworks enthusiasts flock to Omaha each year for the seven fireworks displays spread between July 1 and 4. This year, the largest city in Nebraska hosts Kool & the Gang for its concert and fireworks spectacular at Memorial Park. Locals can also catch a historical reenactment at the 19th-century military fort or partake in patriotic-themed activities at the Omaha Children's Museum.

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    At Business Insider, we have interviewed hundreds of job applicants.

    We are usually impressed with the calibre of candidates. Most people we meet seem smart and accomplished, and applicants "get" our all-digital, fast-paced, anti-boring way of handling business news.

    But ... young people are human, too. They make mistakes.

    What follows are all real-life errors committed by people who wanted to work at Business Insider.

    24. You want a job with us but you don't read Business Insider ...

    "So, what do you like most about Business Insider?""Er..."

    This is one of the most common, and most baffling, mistakes: When it becomes clear that a promising candidate has not actually looked at our site recently. We're hiring people who want to workwith us, not people who just need a job.

    Tip: Read the site on the morning of your interview and take a couple of notes so you can show us you're well-informed.

    23. Showing up 20 minutes early.

    It may seem like a good idea to show up early, but it puts pressure on the interviewer to meet with you. A time was set for a reason. You should never be late, but five minutes is enough for showing up in advance.

    Tip: Find a nearby coffee spot and hang out there until your interview time. 

    22. Being too general.

    You have one shot to demonstrate your knowledge and skills — so be as specific as you can when answering questions. Don't answer questions with "yes" or "no." The interviewer shouldn't have to feel as if he or she is carrying the conversation.

    Tip: Review the projects you're most proud of before heading into an interview. It's easy to forget the details even if it's your own work. 

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    Phillips Academy Andover

    Attending a top private high school provides a solid academic foundation, helps students gain entrance into first-rate colleges, and prepares them for the challenges of the real world.

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, released its newest rankings of the best private high schools in the country.

    The ranking looked at nearly 3,500 private high schools across the US, rating a number of factors including SAT and ACT scores, graduation rate, school culture and diversity, and college enrollment. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

    Below Business Insider has included each school's location, student body population, annual tuition, and because each school scored incredibly high on Niche's metrics, the category where the private school scored lowest.

    Read on to learn more about what makes these 25 schools the best in America:

    SEE ALSO: The 25 best public high schools in America

    25. Stanford Online High School

    Location: Stanford, California

    Students: 704

    Tuition: $19,950

    Lowest "Niche Grade": A "C+" rating for diversity

    24. Ransom Everglades School

    Location: Coconut Grove, Florida

    Students: 1,084

    Tuition: $35,900

    Lowest "Niche Grade": A "B+" rating in diversity

    23. The Hotchkiss School

    Location: Lakeville, Connecticut

    Students: 632

    Tuition: $48,080

    Lowest "Niche Grade": "A-" ratings in diversity and sports

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Alice Walton (Jim out of focus)

    Walmart heiress Alice Walton briefly held the title of "richest woman in the world" Thursday. 

    With the death of the French heiress of cosmetics giant L'Oreal Liliane Bettencourt, Walton went from the second-richest to the richest woman on the planet.

    But on Friday, Bettencourt's daughter, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, saw her net worth skyrocket to $42.3 billion, making her the wealthiest woman in the world, Bloomberg reported

    Prior to her death, Bettencourt was the 15th richest person in the world, while Walton was No. 19.

    Walton is now the second-richest woman in the world, and the richest woman in America.

    With an estimated net worth of $38.4 billion, Walton is a member of one of the richest families in the world. 

    Alice, along with older brothers Jim and Rob — who also graced the list, produced with Wealth-Xa company that conducts research on the superwealthy— have a combined net worth of $101.5 billion, thanks primarily to their stake in retail giant Walmart.

    Unlike her brothers, 66-year-old Walton never took an active role in running the retail empire her father started in 1962, though she's still managed to become the target of pushback from minimum-wage Walmart employees who view her highfalutin lifestyle as insensitive and ignorant to the plight of many workers.

    Alice Walton

    Instead of spending time at Walmart, Walton became a patron of the arts at a young age. When she was just 10 years old, Walton saved up her allowance to buy a reproduction of Picasso's "Blue Nude," she told The New Yorker.

    "Collecting has been such a joy, and such an important part of my life in terms of seeing art, and loving it,” she said.

    She began buying watercolor pieces in the 1970s and adorning the walls of her Rocking W Ranch with them. From there she moved on to more serious original works, particularly those by classic American artists; her immense personal collection now includes pieces from Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Georgia O'Keefe, among others.

    crystal bridges museum arkansas

    In 2011, she opened the $50 million Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas to house her $500 million collection. When it opened, Crystal Bridges already had four times the endowment of the famous Whitney Museum in New York.

    Before delving into the art realm, Walton made a brief career as an equity analyst and even founded her own investment bank, Llama Company, in 1988. The company closed about 10 years later, shortly after Walton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (not for the first time).

    Twice divorced with no children, Walton is also a lover of horses, which she breeds at Rocking W Ranch, located in Texas, and rides competitively. The 1,456-acre ranch, however, is currently for sale for nearly $20 million.

    Melissa Stanger contributed reporting to this piece. 

    SEE ALSO: The 50 richest people on earth

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    Ingvar Kamprad

    Swedish business magnate Ingvar Kamprad had been at the helm of IKEA, one of the world's largest furniture stores and most beloved brands, for more than 70 years when his death was announced Sunday

    With a net worth of $48.1 billion at its height, he was one of the world's richest self-made billionaires.

    If you ask Malcolm Gladwell, whose books have been read by millions of people, Kamprad succeeded thanks to an often-unpopular personality trait: disagreeableness, and not caring if people thought he was crazy

    From humble beginnings selling holiday tchotchkes to his neighbors as a child, here's how Kamprad started a privately held $11.8 billion furniture revolution and became a billionaire.


    SEE ALSO: The 25 richest self-made billionaires

    SEE ALSO: Ikea's Strategy For Becoming The World's Most Successful Retailer

    Kamprad was born in the south of Sweden in 1926 and by the age of 5 began selling matches for profit. At 10, he rode his bike around the neighborhood to sell Christmas decorations, fish, and pencils.

    Source: Business Insider,

    In his teens, Kamprad became involved in a Nazi youth movement by the influence of his German grandmother, who was "a great admirer of Hitler." He later described that time as "the greatest mistake of my life" and even penned a letter to his employees asking their forgiveness.

    Source: Telegraph, Fortune

    When Kamprad was 17, his dad gave him a cash reward for making good grades in school despite his dyslexia. He used the money to found IKEA in 1943. Kamprad didn't introduce furniture until five years in; he'd started by selling small household items, like picture frames.

    Source: Business Insider

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    Back to the Future

    Moviegoing has been one of America's favorite ways to kill time for about a century now, and box-office earnings have been a reliable predictor of what we love and, sometimes, continue to love.

    Using lists of the highest-grossing films by year from IMDbBox Office Mojo, and The Numbers, Business Insider has compiled a chronology of the biggest box-office hits every year since 1930*.

    We adjusted global box-office receipts for inflation through 2017 using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator. We've also included critic ratings from Metacritic (on a scale of 1 to 100) and fan ratings from IMDb (on a scale of 1 to 10) for each film where available.

    However, we used 1975 as the cutoff for global box office because worldwide figures before then were spotty and inconsistent. For films prior to 1975, we've provided adjusted and unadjusted domestic box office instead.

    Several franchises are represented — "Star Wars," "Terminator," "Harry Potter" — as are Academy Award winners and classics like "The Sound of Music" and "Rocky."

    Read on to find out the highest-grossing movie released the year you were born:

    *Note: A couple years in the 1930s are missing due to lack of information. Movies before 1930 were not included due to unreliable box-office data.

    This post has been updated and expanded from its original version.

    DON'T MISS: The 30 most expensive movies ever made

    AND: RANKED: The 10 movies most likely to dominate this summer

    2017: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

    Adjusted gross: $1.3 billion

    Unadjusted gross: $1.3 billion

    Critic rating: 85

    Fan rating: 7.5

    Plot summary: "Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order." 

    2016: "Captain America: Civil War"

    Adjusted gross: $1.17 billion

    Unadjusted gross: $1.15 billion

    Critic rating:75

    Fan rating: 7.8

    Plot summary"Political involvement in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.

    2015: "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens"

    Adjusted gross: $2.15 billion

    Unadjusted gross: $2.07 billion

    Critic rating: 81

    Fan rating: 8.3

    Plot summary"Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance." 

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    mark twain

    First we scoured coast to coast to find the most famous book set in every state. Now we're hitting the books to discover the most famous author from every state.

    Not all the choices were cut and dried. To qualify for this list, the esteemed wordsmiths had to be born in their respective states but not necessarily live out their years there.

    We considered the authors' fame in terms of ubiquity, literal acclaim, and financial success — and awarded bonus points if the authors showed state pride by setting their works there.

    Click here to go straight to the list »

    Click the map below to learn more about each author.

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    ALABAMA: Harper Lee

    Known for: "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    Lee was born and raised in Monroeville, the inspiration for her classic novel's fictional town of Maycomb. The Monroe County Courthouse, where Lee watched her father practice law as a child, operates as a museum.

    The University of Alabama alumna continued to live there until her death, in 2016. It's a short drive from the Mockingbird Grill and Radley's Fountain Grille.

    Click to buy her book»

    ALASKA: Marty Beckerman

    Known for: "The Heming Way"

    Beckerman got his start in humor writing as a freshman at the Anchorage Daily News, which published his weekly column about trying to pick up girls.

    In his 20s, he self-published "The Heming Way," a cheeky guide to masculinity based on the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, and it hit No. 1 on for parody.

    Click to buy his book »

    ARIZONA: Jeannette Walls

    Known for: "The Glass Castle"

    Walls' memoir examines her struggle as a child and young adult to overcome poverty and become self-sufficient. Her dysfunctional family were nomads of the Southwest, but the first place she remembers living is a small trailer park in Arizona.

    A veteran of "writing what she knows," Walls more recently published a biography of her grandmother, an iron-willed Arizona cattle rancher, titled "Half Broke Horses."

    Click to buy her book »

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