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.
50 People Who Deserve a Nobel Prize The Nobel Prizes are the Olympic medals of the mind. See our recommendations to the Nobel committee, in all six categories, plus the Fields Medal for Mathematics.
The 50 Greatest Living Artists Artistry in Dance & Drama, Film, Literature, Music, and Painting, Sculpture & Related Media. The world’s top living artists and the art that defines them.
The 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.
The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today Science makes the world go round. Check out the scientists who are spinning it the fastest.
The 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers Here are the 50 most influential living philosophers, actively changing our understanding of ourselves and our world. Philosophy is far from dead!
The 50 Most Generous Alumni Donors to American Colleges & Universities The donors on this list come from wildly different backgrounds. Philanthropists all, without that support, our world—especially higher education—would look very different.
The 50 Most Influential Think Tanks Here’s your window into seeing who’s leading the world from behind the curtain. Never underestimate the reach or ability of these think tanks! These are the real minds leading the world.
The 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!
The 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 Geniuses 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!
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 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.
The 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.
The 25 Most Amazing College Campus Buildings The amazing campus buildings and structures that follow enhance student life and the college experience as a whole.Their excesses, even when they involve hundreds of millions of dollars, are necessary and well worth it!
Non-Lawyer Careers of U.S. Presidents Practicing law is not a prerequisite to running the country. Here, we take a look at what the 17 Presidents who weren’t lawyers did, professionally, before their time as POTUS.
Six 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.
The 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.
20 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers When most of us look at these kids, we realize just how little we’ve accomplished in our lives.
The 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.
Jeremy Alder is the founder of College Consensus, a newly launched website that ranks institutions of higher learning by combining the results of existing college and university rankings with student reviews of these institutions.
One of the most perceptive researchers in the emerging field of behavioral economics, Ariely employs social psychological experiments to uncover what humans actually do, rather than what standard economics predicts they’ll do.
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.
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.
An interview with Ben Carson, M.D., president & cofounder of the Carson Scholars Fund and an influential advocate for public education. Topic: Education.
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.
Bart Ehrman is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. A leading New Testament scholars, Ehrman combines rigorous textual criticism with close attention to the historical and cultural context of early Christian literature.
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.
President of the Carson Scholars Fund, Grasmick’s career as a teacher and administrator led her to establish a Middle School Steering Committee. The committee’s report, The Critical Middle, attracted wide attention, and is our focus, here.
Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. Harper served as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science from 1991–1993.
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.
Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Karoly is internationally recognized as an expert in climate change and variability.
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.
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.
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.
Emory University Sociology PhD student, Chris Martin, along with a number of more senior scholars, recently founded Heterodox Academy, an organization dedicated to promoting viewpoint diversity in U.S. colleges and universities.
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.
Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at Oxford and a pioneer of systems biology, Noble developed the first successful mathematical model simulating the activity of the living heart in 1960.
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.
Reshef is a serial educational entrepreneur with an innovative background in bringing test-prep, tutoring, and university education online. Today he is founder and president of University of the People.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For over fifteen years he has helped head worldview training at Summit Ministries, a Colorado based organization that educates high school students on how to think about the big questions of life from a Christian vantage.
A well-known public lecturer and blogger on Christian apologetics, Dr. Sweis has published three books in Christian apologetics and has published on the philosophy of mind.
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.
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.
Distinguished Professor in Anthropology and Biology at Binghamton University, Wilson has authored numerous books on evolutionary theory. His research focuses on group selection and on social and cultural evolution of human beings.
100 Fun Jobs Does your mind go blank when you try to think of fun jobs or careers you could work in? Work doesn’t have to be a mundane experience you simply have to survive each day. “Work” does not have to be synonymous with “tedium.”
The 25 Highest-Paid College Coaches College athletics is big business, and universities stand to profit greatly on successful programs. But it takes money to make money, and big universities are willing to write big paychecks for coaches who can get the gold.
Joining 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!
The 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!
50 Songs that Gave Birth to Rock and Roll 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?
25 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!
Top 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.
Top 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.
10 Student Loan Refinancing Deals You Should Consider If you search for a refi deal on your own, the task can be overwhelming. We’ve created this article to help sort the good from the better from the best. At minimum, we hope to give you some idea of what quality lenders look like.
The Best University in Each Country One factor that university rankings tend to overlook is geography. Are you looking for the best college or university in your country? Find the best university in each country around the world.
The Savvy Student’s Guide to College Education The information in this guide is a must-read for all students, parents and educators who are involved in, or soon-to-be involved in, the college decision-making process.
A 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.
Miracle Survey and Prize Do genuine miracles exist? In an age of scientific proofs, why do so many still retain a belief in the miraculous?
50 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-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.
Scholarships 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!
The Great Books Alternative Great Books and Core Text programs do exist for those with too many interests to fit into one degree.
Recognized 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.
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).
Do genuine miracles exist? In an age of scientific proofs, why do so many still retain a belief in the miraculous?
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?
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!
To complement our popular Fundamentalist Beliefs Inventory, we commissioned another quiz measuring Darwinian Fundamentalism. How Darwinian are you?