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It’s College Rankings Time Again

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It’s the time of year that college administrators and admissions officials have been waiting for: the annual release of U.S. News’s college rankings. Even as the whole idea of rankings had been heavily criticized, and despite other magazines trying to steal the glory by developing their own lists, the U.S. News list remains a focus for students and administrators alike. Here’s how local schools measured up this year:

Who’s Speaking at Local Graduations?

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I love commencement season — not just because of the caps and gowns and excitement in the air, but also because it’s the time of year when local universities bring famous (or, well, semi-famous) folks to town to deliver the commencement address. While none of the speakers announced so far rivals Ira Glass (who spoke at Goucher in 2012), they make for an intriguing mix:

Johns Hopkins: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. Why this is cool: She’ll be just the fifth woman to serve as Johns Hopkins’ graduation speaker since 1974.

Stevenson: ABC News Anchor Byron Pitts, who you may recognize from his reporting appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. Or from Morgan State’s 2013 commencement speech. Why this is cool: He’s a native Baltimorean!

UMBC Ranks Among the Ivies

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What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, and Brown all have in common? Duh; they’re all Ivy League schools. But here’s a trickier question:  What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and UMBC all have in common?

Either George Bluth or His Brother Oscar Spotted in Mount Vernon

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Photo via Liam Flynn/Baltimore Sun

No, Arrested Development fans, you were not dreaming when you thought you saw George Bluth (or Jeffrey Tambor, the actor who plays him) buying a sandwich at Eddie’s in Mount Vernon yesterday afternoon.

UMBC Is Totally Hogging the #1 Spot on US News College Rankings

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Just how long can you be “up-and-coming” for? In the case of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the answer appears to be at least five years:  that’s how long the school has spent at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s list of schools “that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life.”

What Schools’ Summer Reading Picks Reveal

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Last year, I wrote that colleges’ summer reading picks for incoming freshmen could be seen as “a litmus test for how a school sees itself.” Intellectual? Cutting-edge? Not too difficult? There’s a book that fits that description! This year, Baltimore Fishbowl continues that tradition of overanalyzing freshman required reading from local universities:

Maryland Schools Are Good at Partying, Not Partying, Being Pretty, and Being Ugly

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The Princeton Review released its annual college rankings yesterday, and while the academic lists are more important, it’s those Biggest Party School rankings that everyone really likes to read. Below are a few Maryland-centric highlights from this year’s list:

Maryland Cyber Challenge Seeks ‘Aspiring Cyber Warriors’

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Courtesy Citybizlist –The Maryland Cyber Challenge is seeking a new generation of “aspiring cyber warriors” this fall at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Science Applications International Corporation, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) announced plans for the third annual competition on Monday. The competition aims to attract students and young professionals to Maryland’s growing role as the “nation’s epicenter for information security excellence,” according to the competition announcement.

UMBC is One of the Nation’s Most Underrated Schools

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Hooray (once again!) for the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a school that just keeps racking up the accolades from the national press. This time, the praise comes from Business Insider, which just named UMBC the seventh-most underrated college in America.

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