University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a college that doesn’t get nearly the attention that it should from out-of-state students, but with amazing programs across disciplines and a happy campus culture in the middle of rural Illinois, we have a feeling that is about to change. At least we hope so, as living and learning at UIUC exemplifies what many would deem to be the classic American college experience portrayed in popular culture. In fact, being on campus a this Midwestern public university has a retro feel about it that makes it pretty darn charming.
Boilermakers have a lot of love for their school, and after visiting West Lafayette, Indiana, we can see why. It’s consistently ranked as one of America’s best research universities and the campus is great too. Purdue may not be as popular with “opinion elites” on the East and West coasts as its cousin two hours to the south (IU Bloomington), but after this visit we can’t explain why.
University of Wisconsin has really come into its own. Once a perpetual bridesmaid to perennial bride University of Michigan, these days students in the the know have a hard time choosing between Michigan’s higher academic rankings in many – though not all disciplines – and Wisconsin’s increasingly alluring location right on a lake in an endearing small city. While Madison is magnificent in the late summer don’t let this video fool you; winters in Wisconsin are often wild and windy whiteouts.
Michigan State University may be sports-obsessed, but it is also much more: a big school that is easy to make small, a diverse school both academically and socially, and a school that is pretty down to Earth and chill, especially compared to its rival one hour or so to the southeast.
Real students. Real opinions. Real University of Michigan. Admissions Intel visits A2 (A squared, a.k.a. Ann Arbor), Michigan during the most beautiful time of year in America’s Upper Midwest in order to speak with current Wolverines about real life at one of the world’s most prestigious research universities.
Nayla Kidd was an engineering student at Columbia University when reports that she had gone missing went viral. She was found perfectly healthy nearly two weeks later, only telling police she wanted to “start fresh.” But the 19-year old’s reason for going off the grid, without informing family or friends, remained a mystery. Here, Kidd reveals to The New York Post’s Melkorka Licea what triggered her brazen escape from the Ivy League, how she pulled it off and where she goes from here.