Feature articles at TheBestSchools.org provide a window into the world of college and university education. These articles help you in figuring out how best to pursue your studies and get your degree.

The most interesting college presidentsThe 20 Most Interesting College Presidents

College and University presidents are like mayors of peculiar towns—towns with 90+% of their population between the ages of 17-23, and another 5-10% holding PhDs. That alone doesn’t make them interesting…here’s more!

Harvard Business SchoolThe 100 Richest Universities in the World

The following schools are considered the 100 richest in the world. Ranked by financial endowment, we’ve also included the average out-of-pocket cost to attend, average salary for faculty, and research budgets.

Massachusetts Hall Harvard UniversityA Brief History of Higher Education in America

Here’s a state-by-state survey of the history of higher education in America. Discover the oldest university in each state and how the higher education journey started in each state.

Greek-Life-2Joining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Pros and Cons of Greek Life

Every year thousands of college students face the choice of whether to join a fraternity or sorority. Here are the real pros and cons of greek life, to help you make your choice!

Zombie Survival MajorsThe 25 Best Majors for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

How useful will you major be in a world in which survival is a daily struggle? If you are ready for zombies, you are ready for anything!

Meeting the Challenge50 Inspiring Schools Meeting the Challenge

The schools on this list exemplify the best in education, indeed, they are inspirational! These schools offer encouragement and insight to educators everywhere.

Sheldrake-ShermerSheldrake-Shermer Dialogue on the Nature of Science

Beginning May 1, 2015, and continuing through July, TheBestSchools.org will host an in-depth dialogue on the nature of science between post-materialist biologist Rupert Sheldrake and renowned skeptic Michael Shermer.

Online students scholarshipsScholarships for Online Students

Online students have many of the same scholarship opportunities as traditional students, and in some cases more. See what scholarship might await you!

Rock-and-Roll-History-CollageRock and Roll at Sixty: The Narrative History of Rock and Roll’s Conception

Rock and Roll might have been born in 1955, but what lead up to its conception? What were the dirty little details of the foreplay that lead to Rock and Roll?

50 most important musiciansThe 50 Most Important Living Musicians

The late 20th century was a wildly inventive and pluralistic time in the history of music. This list provides a far-reaching and representative sampling of our living musical treasures.

The 50 Greatest Living GeniusesPrint

Perhaps more important than telling you who some great living geniuses are, this article makes you ask what genius is! Well, here are 50 excellent examples!

controversial-professors The 10 Most Controversial College Professors in the U.S. 

In ancient Greece, would these professors have been sentenced to death, like Socrates, for corrupting the youth? See who’s made our list for the most controversial professors in America, and why.

The World’s 50 Smartest TeenagersSmartest Teenagers

When most of us look at these kids, we realize just how little we’ve accomplished in our lives.

jaime-escalanteJaime Escalante—A Great Teacher You Should Know

Played by Eddie Olmos in the film Stand and Deliver, Escalante took inner-city LA kids to a level of math achievement unheard of before or since.

riding_shotgun_125 Universal Rules of Riding Shotgun

At TheBestSchools.org, we work hard to promote education To that end, here are the best rules for calling and riding shotgun—period. Decades of experience with the game of shotgun are here distilled down to their essence!

hotpotatogrenadeSix Dangerous Subjects to Debate with Your Professor

The academic world is a wonderful place that brings a lot of benefits, but it also contains pitfalls, some of which are described here.

Lamborghini at OxfordThe 10 Highest-Paid College Professors in the U.S.

Average college and university professor salaries range from $30,000–$100,000; these professors are well out of that typical salary range.

basketballTop High School Athletes Seeking Scholarships: Men

Are you seeking a sports scholarship? Learn how to grab the attention of coaches at the top schools in the NCAA Division I level and possibly get a college scholarship.

womens sportsTop High School Athletes Seeking Scholarships: Women

Relatively few female athletes easily attract the attention of college coaches because of the lack of media attention. But, with the right approach, you can; here’s some tips.

The 50 Smartest People of FaithThe 50 Smartest People of Faith

Contrary to the notion that most educated and well-informed people are atheist or a least agnostic, here are 50 upper echelon scholars who are also people of faith.

top atheistsThe 50 Top Atheist in the World Today

In this list you will find people who confidently deny the existence of God — and they are well-known for their position. Find out who makes the biggest public impact for their atheist beliefs.

leather bound classic booksThe Great Books Alternative

Great Books and Core Text programs do exist for those with too many interests to fit into one degree.

autistic childrenRecognized Schools for Children with Autism

Selecting a school for an autistic child is a heavy responsibility, to say the least. This list provides some guidance, and is perhaps a starting point for making a life-changing decision.

free tuition20 of the Best Colleges Providing Free Tuition

Believe it or not, you can obtain a college degree without paying a tuition. Discover schools that allow you to work your way through college, rather than working to live through college.

child prodigiesThe 15 Smartest Preteens in the World

Child prodigies are endlessly fascinating. Check out this child geniuses. Do you see any future world changers? Warning: Don’t let this article make you disappointed in yourself or your kids.

popular online collegesThe 30 Most Popular Online Colleges

High enrollment numbers indicate that the school is doing something right! Find out which schools have the highest populations—i.e., who’s the most popular.

smartest teensThe 25 Smartest Teenagers in the World Today Infographic

The scary smart teenagers on this list have, in some cases, accomplished more than many of us do in a full lifetime.

50 Most Influential ScientistsThe 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today

Science makes the world go round. Check out the scientists who are spinning it the fastest.

peter boettkePeter J. Boettke Interview

One of the most influential Austrian economists today and George Mason economics professor, Boettke talks to us about Austrian Theory and his book Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

richardcarrier1-300x203-150x150Richard Carrier Interview

World-renowned author and speaker, Carrier is a historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement. Join us to learn more about Richard Carrier.

Ben CarsonBen Carson Interview

An interview with Ben Carson, M.D., president & cofounder of the Carson Scholars Fund and an influential advocate for public education. Topic: Education.

william dembskiWilliam Dembski Interview

A leading thinker about design in biology, Dembski discusses his varied career as a mathematician, philosopher, and theologian, offering insights about how to deal with controversy in the academy.

Henry GradillasHenry Gradillas Interview

Garfield High’s remarkable principal, who oversaw its golden age as depicted in the film Stand and Deliver, describes his life and revolutionary approach to education.

jennifer michael hechtJennifer Michael Hecht Interview

An atheist in the best humanistic tradition, Hecht displays a sensitivity and insight to the human religious impulse that’s foreign to the more strident atheists like Sam Harris.

michael liconaMichael Licona Interview

Licona, Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, talks to us about his book (a standard for Resurrection historicity) The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Histiographical Approach.

greg lukianoffGreg Lukianoff Interview

President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Lukianoff talks to us about the infringement upon free-speech rights of students on America’s college campuses.

Timothy Mahoney InterviewEgyptologist David Rohl and Timothy Mahoney uncovering clues from the Bible in Egypt's past

Documentary filmmaker and Thinking Man Films founder, Mahoney encourages people “to reexamine what they have been taught about science, history, religion, and culture.” Here, we discuss Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus.

Jean mrasekJean Mrasek Interview

College students and their parents often have preconceived notions about Greek organizations. For better insight, we asked the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chair, Jean Mrasek.

Holly OrdwayHolly Ordway Interview

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ordway, chair of Houston Baptist University’s Department of Apologetics, as she discusses why apologetics has slipped into disuse, and why from there it must be revived.

Sally SatelSally Satel Interview

A trenchant critic of reductive neuroscience, Satel authored Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. In this interview, we discuss this book, its ideas, and what led her to write it.

Rupert Sheldrake PortraitRupert Sheldrake Interview

Cambridge-trained biochemist and plant physiologist, Rupert Sheldrake, is a prominent public intellectual critical of the authoritarianism and closed-mindedness that he finds increasingly typical of mainstream science.

Michael Shermer, Ph.D.Michael Shermer Interview

Editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine and author of the just-published book The Moral Arc, Shermer has a powerful voice on science, evolution, religion, morality, and other topics. Join us to learn more about Michael Shermer.

Marc_SlaterMarc Slater Interview

Entrepreneur and computer programmer, Slater developed well-respected software to help students improve their vocabulary, spelling, typing, and reading. In this interview we focus on his speed reading software, 7SpeedReading.

Dave A. TomarDavid Tomar Interview

David Tomar, a.k.a. Ed Dante, achieved renown as a whistleblower in a 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education article “The Shadow Scholar.” We sat down with Tomar to learn more about  the depths of ghostwriting in academia.

Angelo VillavicencioAngelo Villavicencio Interview

Villavicencio worked alongside the renowned Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School in East LA in the late 1980s. Their work and success garnered much attention, including the feature film Stand and Deliver.

STEM aptitude quizThe STEM Intelligence Test

In STEM occupations, job postings outnumber job seekers. This test assesses your aptitude for solving the types of problems that arise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (= STEM).

cross and flagThe Fundamentalist Belief Inventory

How much do you agree with Christian Fundamentalist Principles? Take this short quiz to find out. Will you be surprised by your results, or will you get what you expect?

Political Correctness PosterThe Political Correctness Inventory

How politically correct are you? But wait, is it necessarily a good thing? PC according to whom? Take the fun and informative quiz to see where you stand!

Magisterial Charles DarwinThe Darwinian Fundamentalism Index

To complement our popular Fundamentalist Beliefs Inventory, we commissioned another quiz measuring Darwinian Fundamentalism. How Darwinian are you?

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