Monday, March 29, 2010

A unique educational experience

With our eating clubs, thesis requirements, and delayed academic calendar, we’re pretty quick to dub Princeton “unique.” However, in comparison to some other institutions of higher education, the Princetonian college experience seems fairly normal.

If you’re a guy and interested in 2 years of very close personal attention as well as cattle ranching and alfalfa farming, Deep Springs College in California may be for you. The student body is only 26 strong, and many of the alumni go on to Ivy League schools to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Practically in a scene from Showtime’s hit series Weeds, Oaksterdam University aims to educate people from all walks of life in cannabis studies. Founded only three years ago as a single classroom in California’s Bay Area, OU now has four different locations in two states.

When do you poorly on a test, you may joking exclaim that you’ll need to perfect your inflection when asking “you want fries with that?” However, for the 5,000 students who currently attend Illinois’s Hamburger University to study management and leadership techniques, that question is no laughing matter.

Also, clown college is real.

By Molly Brean and Lauren Zumbach, staff writers for News