College

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A Rape on Campus

A brutal assault and the struggle for justice at the University of Virginia.

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Pictures from an Institution

On Leon Botstein and the future of Bard College, which he has run for four decades.

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Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault

The survivors who “have built the most effective, organized anti-rape movement since the late ’70s.”

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Murder Most Yale

No one knew how Suzanne Jovin ended up in a wealthy neighborhood away from Yale’s campus in New Haven, or why she was brutally stabbed on the sidewalk, apparently by someone she knew. The only suspect that police named was her thesis advisor.

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Women of Ernesto

A group of female lovers take on a singular identity.

"We live in the most coveted spot on campus: the first in a row of bungalows at the top of a wooded hill. The yard is pine needles and dirt. The walls are red brick and thick like Collins’ skull. Between us, we’ve read Wuthering Heights 23 times. But we are sure Collins lied about her number. Watching Veronica Mars with sub-titles is the most reading we’ve ever seen her do."

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Who Gets to Graduate?

Rich students complete their college degrees; working-class students usually don’t. How one school is trying to intervene.

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How Colleges Flunk Mental Health

An investigtion into higher education’s treatment, and often punishment, of mentally ill students.

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Laptop U

The possibilities and pitfalls of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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The Mind of a Con Man

How social psychologist Diederik Stapel committed and rationalized an audacious academic fraud, and what his lies reveal about the culture of scientific research.

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Lost in the Meritocracy

An overachiever on what he did and didn’t learn at Princeton.

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Kickstart My Heart

On the Adderall days of college.

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Murder of Football Player Shakes Town

Amidst the football-obsessed culture of small-town Christian colleges in Kansas, a player is killed at a party.

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The Dean of Corruption

On Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fundraiser who committed suicide after being convicted of fraud, and the university administrators who benefited from her crime.

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The Fourth State of Matter

A week in the author’s life when it became impossible to control the course of events.

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First Love

Memories of a college courtship.

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Leopold’s Ghost

A college president on the bizarre experience of being informed by NBC News that he had hired a war criminal to teach French.

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Even Artichokes Have Doubts

A Yale student on why nearly a quarter of her classmates will end up working for Wall Street.

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Sorority Row

On the enduring political influence and entrenched racism of the Greek system at the University of Alabama.

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The Stalking of Korean Hip Hop Superstar Daniel Lee

The story of a bizarre—and bizarrely effective—smear campaign.

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Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth's Hazing Abuses

"I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beer poured down fellow pledges' ass cracks... among other abuses."
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The Story of a Suicide

A gay freshman at Rutgers, a spying roommate, and the trial that followed.

Update 3/16/12: The roommate, Dharun Ravi, has been found guilty of hate crimes.
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The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

What happens when top universities focus on careers rather than minds.

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Leveling the Field: What I Learned From For-Profit education

Undercover as a student at Phoenix University, the largest for-profit higher education company in the country and the second-largest enroller of students (behind the SUNY system), where only 12 percent of first-time students graduate and the ad budget accounts for 30 percent of overall spending.

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The Educational Lottery

How American higher education became a summer camp doubling as a debt factory.

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Trust Issues

Hartwick College didn’t really mean to annihilate the U.S. economy. A small liberal-arts school in the Catskills, Hartwick is the kind of sleepy institution that local worthies were in the habit of founding back in the 1790s; it counts a former ambassador to Belize among its more prominent alumni, and placidly reclines in its berth as the number-174-ranked liberal-arts college in the country. But along with charming buildings and a spring-fed lake, the college once possessed a rather more unusual feature: a slumbering giant of compound interest.
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Cramming For College At Beijing's Second High

Inside the lives of students at an elite Beijing high school in the months leading up to gaokao, literally “high test,” the national university admittance exam.

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Paper Tigers

What becomes of Asian-American overachievers after the test-taking ends?

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Bad Education

With fewer and fewer students having the income necessary to pay back loans (except through the use of more consumer debt), a massive default looks closer to inevitable.

On the emerging student loan bubble.

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A Fling and a Prayer

The story of the 2010 NCAA championship game between Duke and Butler, and what would have been greatest shot in college basketball history.

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The Highly-Charged Erotic Life of the Wellesley Girl

On being the lone male student at a women’s college.

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What Made This University Scientist Snap?

How the culture of academia helped Amy Bishop, a University of Alabama scientist who murdered colleagues during a faculty meeting, fall apart.

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Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor

“I had inherited a Rolodex full of useful phone numbers (the College Board, a helpful counselor in the UCLA admissions office), but the number I kept handing out was that of a family therapist.”

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The Hazards of Duke

On a Duke student’s now infamous Powerpoint presentation of her sexual history; binge-drinking, post-feminism, and Mario Kart.

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The Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal

From the 1940s through the early 70s, incoming freshman at Harvard, Yale, Vassar, Wellesley, and several other top schools were photographed nude in the name of science–bogus science, as it turned out. Most of the photos were destroyed, but not all.

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Me Media

A 2006 profile of Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook opened from a college-only site to a public social network.

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College Dropout Factories

Across the country, little-known schools are accepting almost everyone who applies, cashing a lot of checks, and offering so little support that only the most determined students leave with a degree.

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

Tony Judt on sex, the academy, and dating a graduate student while chairing NYU’s History Department.

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Plagiarism Inc.

When the Internet made plagiarism harder, Jordan Kavoosi saw a burgeoning market for original essays. But in his empire of fake papers, it’s the writers, not the students, who get the shaft.

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The Invisibles

For the members of UCLA’s undocumented immigrant club, going to school means fighting for an education most students take for granted.

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The Healer

After a racial hazing incident, the first black head of South Africa’s University of Free State confronts the myths of the reconciliation era.

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The Secret Court

In 1920, Harvard University officials suspected that some students were gay. So they kicked them all out.

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Brain Gain

The not-so-underground culture of neuroenhancing drug use, and where it’s headed.