Top Colleges In America
Claire Miles - June 27, 2019


By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.
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Choosing which college to attend is the biggest decision of a high schooler’s life. Tuition cost, student life, athletics, degree programs- there are a lot of factors to sort through. Colleges all across the US offer something unique to its students that appeal to some more than others. Whether you’re a social butterfly looking to spread your wings or a serious student looking to hit the books, there’s a college for everyone. Here are some of our favorites!


UC Boulder


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University of Colorado at Boulder


Location: Boulder, Colorado

Cost: ~ $54,000

Size: 33,000 students


Boulder offers students a diverse academic program in one of the most stunning locations on the planet. Surrounded by snow-covered mountains and miles and miles of terrain, there are no limits to the amount of adventures one can have as a student at Colorado.






University of Southern California


Location: Los Angeles, California

Cost: ~ $50,000 / year

Size: 45,000 students


USC provides an excellent balance of challenging academics and vibrant student life. Known for its innovation and research-based learning, students here feel inspired to create and build technologies that improve our every day lives. Plus, the campus is absolutely beautiful with sunshine all year round.






University of Florida


Location: Gainesville, Florida

Cost: ~ $28,000

Size: 55,000 students


UF aka the University of Florida has a thrilling and enriching atmosphere. With inspiration and creativity around every corner, its no wonder it has one of the most diverse program offerings in the country. With sixteen different colleges and over 150 research centers, work hard play hard is a motto these students can relate.



UW Madison


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University of Wisconsin, Madison


Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Cost: ~ $50,000

Size: 44,000 students


Madison is one of the most eclectic universities in the Midwest. Located in the heart of the state, Wisconsin is known for its laid back atmosphere and classic Midwestern charm. Greek life and athletics dominate student life at UW Madison, and if you can handle the cold winters, its the ultimate spot for a mix of adventure and comfort.




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University of Texas, Austin


Location: Austin, Texas

Cost: ~ $50,000

Size: 50,000 students


UT Austin is one of the biggest universities in the US with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled. If you can stand the Texas heat, you’ll find that this campus is always on fire (metaphorically speaking). From the sports to the parties and everything in between, UT Austin is the heartbeat of this non-stop city.






University of Alabama


Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Cost: ~ $27,000

Size: 38,000 students


This historic university loves one thing above all else: football. If you have the energy to keep up with this energetic community, this could be the perfect school for you. Greek life is also popular among the student population, as well as more southern pride than one can even imagine!