<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Education Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education <![CDATA[The Top Dream Colleges]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-top-dream-colleges
This is a list of the greatest dream colleges and universities in the world. These aren't necessarily the best colleges - they're the places everyone wishes they'd attended to get their college education. From the best college campuses to the greatest party schools, this list is ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, so anyone can add their own dream colleges or vote on the schools below.

Whether you're looking for the best colleges or looking back with nostalgia on your college experience, you can vote for your dream schools here with this college ranker list. These are the schools you would have attended if money (and maybe academic requirements) weren't something to worry about or consider. Everyone has that reach school that they always dreamed of attending but knew in reality wasn't an option. So live vicariously through this list and upvote the colleges and universities you would have gone to if you could have!
The Top Dream Colleges, schools/colleges, college, colleges, education,

Columbia University

Cornell University

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Princeton University

Stanford University

University of California, Berkeley

University of Oxford

University of Pennsylvania

Yale University

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<![CDATA[Senior Pranks That Went WAY Too Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/senior-pranks-that-went-way-too-far/rydavis
High school senior pranks are a rite of passage for graduating students. Most seniors stay innocent, opting to fill up a classroom with balloons, throw some confetti around, or fork the football field. But other students get a little ahead of themselves and manage to let things get out of hand. Some notorious senior pranks have resulted in obscene vandalism, arson, arrests, and even animal cruelty. These are the pranks that get kids banned from walking at graduation. Some of them were so bad, the pranksters had to face major criminal charges. The right senior prank can live in high school infamy forever. But the wrong senior prank could land you in the slammer. 

These teens couldn't resist the temptation to to escalate a fun prank to a potentially dangerous next level. Killing animals and destroying school property won't be taken lightly by school officials... or the police. And considering most seniors are of legal age, the consequences won't be merciful. If these kids were worried about missing grad night, maybe they should have been more concerned about getting a felony on their record right before going off to college.

Here you'll find some of the worst senior pranks gone awry. These students managed to take their silly high school shenanigans from zero to sixty, and it landed them in handcuffs, in jail, or in some deep, deep trouble. Here are the senior pranks that went WAY too far.
Senior Pranks That Went WAY Too Far,

Police Use Pepper Spray to Break Up Prank-Turned-Brawl
Police responded to Baldwin High School after a fight of about 50 students broke out. When police arrived, they found thousands of crickets and smoke bombs released on the campus. Authorities believed the prank is what led to the fight, and police were forced to use pepper spray in order to stop the students from going at it. If that's not a sight to see, what is?
Football Player Faces 70 Criminal Charges After Exposing His Penis in Yearbook
Hunter Osborn, an Arizona high school student, was charged with 69 counts of indecent exposure and one count of distributing harmful items to minors. What could possibly rack up so many criminal charges? Well, for Osborn's senior prank, he decided he would expose his dick in the high school's football team yearbook photo. The picture made it in the yearbook and was sent to 3,400 students.The unlucky guy was charged for each person who was present at the time of the photo.
Sardine Juice Senior Prank Costs Students $11,000
After seniors at Dickson County High School trashed their campus, school officials sought restitution charges. The prank, which involved writing on windows/walls, covering the school in sardine juice, and throwing chairs into the pool, cost 11 students a total of $11,000. Students involved never expected to be slapped with such a heavy bill, but hey, that's what a summer job is for.
Masked Seniors Attack Students with Fire Crackers and Cherry Bombs
McCluer High School seniors took a prank too far when they unleashed an unpredictable hell on their schoolmates. Masked seniors proceeded to bombard students with firecrackers, cherry bombs, smoke bombs, and water guns filled with bleach and urine. Screams erupted from the campus as soon as the assailants attacked. Some kids were injured with the firecrackers that were directly chucked into the back of their heads.
Senior Prank Sets Graduation Stage on Fire
Two Roseville, California high schools students were arrested for arson after they set their graduation stage on fire. The "prank" shocked the majority of the students in attendance, who believed the prank must have been from another rival school. Graduating seniors were surprised to learn that their own classmates were essentially attempting to kill them as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. The prank resulted in over $100,000 worth of damage, and the teens faced charges of vandalism, conspiracy, and arson.
Students Vandalize the Sh*t Out of School While Security Watches
Students at Sequoyah High in Tennessee walked into their school after hours as security guards looked on (one even unlocked the doors for the kids). From there, over 100 students obliterated their high school, trashing everything in sight. Kids urinated on the walls, slicked baby oil and marbles all over the floors, dropped goldfish into toilets, and even plopped a dead possum on the the floor. Security guards who enabled the mayhem were swiftly fired and the high school principal was placed on leave following investigation. Over 100 students were banned from attending graduation and three teachers even filed compensation claims after slipping and falling in the aftermath. 
Student Releases 72,000 Lady Bugs into High School
Six Maryland students got in major trouble after police responded to a break in at their Chopticon High School. After ordering 72,000 lady bugs online, the six teens forced their way into their school, setting off an alarm. They proceeded to release the lady bugs into the halls, causing quite a mess as the insects fluttered about. Only one student was banned from walking at graduation, but the rest are facing criminal charges. It took seven employees over four hours to clean up all the lady bugs...well, most of them at least. The janitorial services admitted there are likely thousands around that they couldn't find.
Students Dismember Cow Across School Campus
Two Connecticut high school students were arrested for a senior prank that involved dismembering a baby cow and scattering its parts throughout their campus. Police discovered countless pieces of the calf throughout various areas around the school, including its head in the basketball hoop and legs above ceiling tiles. After the authorities searched the kids' cars, they found a machete and charged them possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. After further research, police concluded the cow had already been struck dead by a car days before, but that the teens involved cut the animal up into pieces. Despite the fact the kids didn't actually kill the cow, that is still pretty psychopathic behavior. In a disturbingly ironic twist, the cafeteria was serving roast beef for lunch that day.
Two Teens Put Alarm Clocks in Empty Lockers, Trigger Bomb Scares
Two North Carolina students thought it'd be funny to put a bunch of alarm clocks in all of their high school's unused lockers. The clocks were set to go off every few minutes. The two students involved were sure this would be a nice, funny, innocent prank. What they failed to realize was that ticking and time bombs often go hand-in-hand, especially in an era of heightened fear about attacks on high schools. The bomb squad was called, students were evacuated, and dogs were brought in to sniff the "bomb" out. The two girls were subsequently booked with felony hoax charges and taken into custody.
Chicken Poop Prank Gets High School Band Director Suspended
An Alabama high school band director was swiftly put on leave after she posted a Facebook rant b*tching about her students' senior prank. According to band director Cindy Stephens, the prank involved chicken sh*t smeared all over the campus property. Stephens was involved in the clean up and wasn't too happy about her predicament. She took to Facebook to denounce the prank. But unfortunately for her, she also wrote that she hopes her students end up "in jail" as someone's b*tch. School officials found the post and subsequently put Stephens on leave.

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<![CDATA[The Best Countries for Study Abroad]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-countries-for-study-abroad/ranker-travel
List of the Best Countries to Study Abroad ranked from best to worst. Almost every college and university has programs that allow their students to study abroad. How do these young scholars decide which nation will provide them with quality education and a great adventure? Vote on this list of the best countries to study abroad and share your wisdom with all adventurous undergrads.
There are many factors to consider when deciding which country to spend a semester in while you study abroad. If your a foodie, Italy is your best bet to immerse yourself in decadent cuisine. France offers beautiful scenery, vast culture and rigorous curriculums, providing students studying abroad with an unforgettable experience.

For a semester abroad that is inexpensive, check out what the various African countries have to offer. Kenya and Tanzania both offer students a quality education mixed with rich cultural diversity and amazing opportunities to observe wildlife, while remaining easy on the pocket book. Mexico also provides studious travelers with wonderful educational opportunities for a fair price. Another bonus to heading south of the border is that for many students home is only a few hours away.

Which country will land in the top spot on this list of the best countries to study abroad? Time will tell, but be sure to vote to make sure that your favorite spot is featured high on the list.
The Best Countries for Study Abroad,










United States of America

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<![CDATA[America's Coolest College Towns]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/america_s-coolest-college-towns
List of the best college towns and cities. These locations provide not just a great university giving students a world-class education, but also a fun and diverse environment that'd conducive to learning, building a community and personal network and, more generally, gaining life experience. (There's also some fun places to party in most of them. You know, if any college students you know are into that sort of thing.)

A college town can refer to any area where the population is considerably impacted, or even dominated, by a local college or university. Typically, this indicates an area that has a relatively low population compared to the number of students at a university. Large cities with a lot of university students - such as Boston or Philadelphia - do not typically count as "college towns" because of the overall number of cities counter-acting the influence of college students.

Towns that do have an overwhelmingly large number of college students tend to be impacted in familiar ways. Often, there will be additional bookstores, coffee shops, independent movie theaters, record stores and other businesses that appeal largely to a younger, academic demographic. Additionally, there will also be a surplus of bars and inexpensive restaurants. Rent prices also tend to be affected by the demand for housing in the area near to the university, or to public transportation leading to the university.

This list collects Ranker Community picks for the coolest, most fun college towns in the US. Vote up your favorites, and if the place where your favorite townies live isn't listed, make your own version of the list and add it on there!
America's Coolest College Towns,



Laguna Beach

Los Angeles


Santa Barbara

Santa Cruz

San Diego

San Francisco

San Luis Obispo

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<![CDATA[Universities With the Best College Sports Programs]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/universities-with-the-best-college-sports-programs
College sports programs are a large source of pride among American universities. What are the colleges with the best sports programs& It's time for the fans to decide!

Whether it's basketball, football, or even baseball season, universities and alumni want to be the best athletic program, period. What university has the best sports program& Here are the colleges with the greatest all around sports programs in the country. If you don't vote for your top athletic college, you are letting down your favorite athletes and your classmates. Don't be a cause of shame for your alma mater!

Notice your favorite school missing from the ranks& Add a contributing list to give a vote with some heft. You can also use the voting buttons to say whether you think a college should have been included or not.
Universities With the Best College Sports Programs,

Michigan State University

Ohio State University

Stanford University

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Texas at Austin

University of Florida

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<![CDATA[Funny Graduation Caps That Won the Whole Ceremony]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-graduation-caps/nathandavidson
Graduation day is supposed to be a happy day but in reality there's nothing happy about it. The ceremonies are incredibly boring, it's usually really hot outside, and you have to wear the most poorly-designed hats in the history of mankind. But that doesn't mean you can't take a negative and turn it into a positive like these people did with their funny grad caps. Why spend one more second in a boring robe and a boring hat when funny graduation hats can really take your day up a notch? You wouldn't do that. Another good way to spend your time is by looking at this funny collection of graduation caps. Maybe you'll get some ideas for your own graduation cap.

Funny Graduation Caps That Won the Whole Ceremony,

The Universal Truth

There's No Shame in Begging

The Big Short

A Graduate Occasionally Pays Their Debts

Small Fish in a Big Pond

Hold on to Your Butts

Unlocking the Real World

Stay as Long as You Can

Time for Grad School

Better Call Saul

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Went to Elementary School Together]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-elementary-school-together/celebrity-lists
Elementary school is a time to learn, grow, and make new friends. But for these future famous people, those years may have also been a time to network. A number of notable actors, actresses, and musicians actually attended the same grade schools. Some of these celebrities who went to school together became fast friends, while others weren't very close. One famous pair of grade school friends even went on to win an Oscar together.

That particular pair tops this list of famous people who went to elementary school together. Acclaimed actors and executives Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been friends since the third grade. They attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together long before they won Oscars for co-writing Good Will Hunting.

You may be surprised to discover that the connection between Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph goes back a generation. Their fathers were best friends from college and the future actresses went to grade school together. Paltrow even shared their 5th-grade class picture from the Crossroads School when she hosted Saturday Night Live.

Before they were household names, these celebrities were just kids on the playground. Read on to discover what other famous people attended grade school together.

Celebrities Who Went to Elementary School Together,

Adam Levine
Of his lifelong friendship with Adam Levine, Johah Hill said, "Our dads met in the principal's office in junior high. We were in carpool, we lived at each other's houses."
Andy Samberg
Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-stars Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti go way back. The comedians went to grade school together and even carpooled to their 6th-grade graduation – as seen in the photo above.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph's fathers were best friends from college and the future actresses went to grade school together. Paltrow even shared their 5th-grade class picture from the Crossroads School when she hosted Saturday Night Live.

Matt Damon
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been friends since the third grade. The actors and executives attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together long before they won Oscars for co-writing Good Will Hunting.

Rick Moranis
Rick Moranis has spoken about going to grade school with Rush frontman Geddy Lee in interviews. "Geddy Lee and I went to the same grade school," he said. "He moved away when we were still young but I remember him like I do all my friends from back then."
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake aren't just friends from grade school, they're practically brothers. They worked together on The Mickey Mouse Club, went to school together, and lived together. Timberlake's mom even let Gosling stay with them in the U.S. while Gosling's mom worked back in Canada.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and Nicky Hilton went to the Pre-K – Grade 12 school Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York at the same time. Nicky's sister Paris Hilton also attended the school, but she is a few years older.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-catholic-school/celebrity-lists
You might expect Hollywood A-listers to attend ritzy private academies, but you would be surprised how many famous actors, musicians, politicians, and athletes actually attended Catholic school. Some of these famous Catholic school alumni have lapsed on their faith while other celebrity Catholic school students still religiously attend church to this day.

What stars number among celebrities who went to Catholic school? Reality television darling Kim Kardashian went to the all-girl Catholic Marymount High School. On the east coast, Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga attended New York's Convent of the Sacred Hearts and Jennifer Lopez went to Holy Family in the Bronx. A few celebs even have funny stories about their school days – Shakira, for instance, wasn't allowed to participate in the choir at her Catholic school because the director thought she sounded "like a goat."

Several famous men also went to Catholic school. Barack Obama attended Santo Fransiskus Asisi Catholic School for first through third grade and John C. Reilly went to Brother Rice High School in Chicago.

Whether their choice of school was based on personal faith or stellar curriculum, these famous people all share a common educational background. Keep scrolling to see who else appears on this list.

Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School,

Barack Obama
Barack Obama attended Santo Fransiskus Asisi Catholic School for first through third grade.

George Clooney
George Clooney was an altar boy during his Catholic school days.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez went to Holy Family in the Bronx.

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian went to the all-girl Catholic Marymount High School.

Madonna went to a Catholic high school.

Salma Hayek
Although she no longer identifies with the religion, Salma Hayek went to a Catholic boarding school.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise attended St. Francis Seminary School in Cincinnati.

Will Smith
Will Smith grew up Baptist, but he attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in elementary school.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga attended New York's Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber graduated from of St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario.

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<![CDATA[The Best College Football Coaches of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-college-football-coaches-of-all-time
This list of the best college football coaches of all time is full of big names and legendary coaching empires. Ever wondered who was is the greatest college football coach of all time? Now is your opportunity to have a say in the matter. Granted, picking who this should be won't be easy, as you have to consider different eras of NCAA football along with a number of other factors, like bowl game wins, national titles, who was on their team, and who got the most bang for their buck out of their players. But it's on you to pick whatever criteria you want in determining who is the best college football coach ever. As long as they coached college play at some point, they can be listed here, but be sure to vote based on each coach's storied college career only.

There are some pretty big names on this list, titans of the coaching world. If you're an Alabama fan, you'll have a tough time picking between Bear Bryant and Nick Saban. The same goes for any Notre Dame fan and for USC supporters, who do you think is a better coach: John McKay or Pete Carroll? Who's the best of these famous college football coaches?

It shouldn't be easy for you to decide who the greatest college football coaches are. There are simply too many all time greats. Just remember though, where would each coaches' team be without them steering the ship and keeping the players in line? Not an easy question to answer.

So who is the best college football coach of all time? It's up to you to decide. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add him. This is the crowdranked list of what coach deserves to called the greatest ever, so choose wisely!
The Best College Football Coaches of All Time,

Bear Bryant

Bobby Bowden

Bo Schembechler

Joe Paterno

Knute Rockne

Nick Saban

Steve Spurrier

Tom Osborne

Woody Hayes

Pop Warner

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<![CDATA[Adam Carolla Ranks His Worst Cities to Perform In]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/adam-carolla-worst-cities-to-perform/adam-carolla
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As discussed on the Adam Carolla Show, Adam Carolla named his least favorite cities to perform in. His reasons vary and as always, they're as colorful as the ACE man himself. Carolla doesn't pull any punches and just calls out these cities like he sees it. 

If you want to see Adam perform in a city he actually likes, you can buy tickets to Adam's upcoming show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle on April 20 here. You can listen to the full podcast episode here.
Adam Carolla Ranks His Worst Cities to Perform In,

Des Moines



Addison, Texas
"I was in Cabo San Lucas at one of those villas you get at a charity auction where the guy goes 'you and nine of your closest friends can go to this Casa de whatever.' It's where Jennifer Aniston hangs out. You have your own beach, you have your own butler and pool. You can't go eight feet without running into a papaya.

It's a place where there are no clocks and when you get up you don't know what time it is and there's a guy just standing there asking if you want fresh papaya juice. It's a goddamn utopia and you're just puttering around with Jimmy Kimmel and the rest of the cool, beautiful people just doing whatever, whenever. [Jimmy Kimmel] won this thing at a charity auction and probably spent $50 grand to get it. He invited me and Lynette (Carolla).

But then, I had to split early to GO TO ADDISON! I stayed at a Red Roof Inn across from the place and I remember very clearly two things: when your bed and your TV point the same direction, that's not a good sign. You want your TV at the end of your bed so you're staring at your feet. When you're doing the move when you're moving the TV and you're blocking the corridor from blocking the bathroom, and then you have to turn yourself on the bed, never a good sign. 

Then the second harbinger of doom is after the show, when you have your $6 bottle of Pinot Noir that's on your rider. You get to drown your sorrows in the wine as you watch chicks play high school basketball on ESPN3 after you're done signing all this stuff at 1am and they have some some basic cable thing. Your choice with the red wine is a black ceramic mug found in the bathroom or a cup made of cellophane that collapses under the weight when you hold it. 

From the villa to that place."
Mansfield, Pennsylvania
"I was playing a free show for students at the Mansfield, PA, college campus where it was snowing outside. We had some Domino's thick crust pizza that was cold. Since it was free, 41 people showed up in a place that held 400 all spread out and sat there. That's where I told the guy who was supposed to introduce me (who had three pages of Wikipedia on me) to just say something like, 'You know I'm from the Man Show and I have a podcast, here's Adam Carolla.'

When he went to introduce me, he was like, 'Our guest should be very familiar to you all.' So I then walked up from the green room on the wings of the stage and waited. Eighteen minutes later - after I told the guy to pare it way down - he was still going. Then he went on to say something like, 'He also had a successful TV show in 1999 called Love Line, and went on to syndicated radio.' 

I wanted to kill myself because everything he was talking about was something that happened at least 10 years ago. Now it's snowing and I'm in Mansfield and I can hear Mike August eating thick crust pizza in the background and I wanted to kill myself. . . [the hate] is more about that experience than the town."

Kirkland, Washington
"Seattle is always the best, and we ended up here after Mike August told me we were booked in Seattle. Then I found myself, at some point, walking around a nice little community called Kirkland, Wash., and I asked him, 'Is this Seattle?' and he's like, 'It's 28 miles away from Seattle, but I had to give you a name that you've heard of.'

The theatre wasn't the theatre. It was either a Papa John's or a Pizza Hut, but it was a place that wasn't formally built to do comedy. When you stood up on the 14-inch riser, your head lifted one of the drop ceiling cork boards. You could actually check the AC system up there. 

This is when I made the mistake of telling Mike August to book me wherever, whenever because I needed money because I was out of work. Not only did we agree to do two-to-three shows a night, I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know you were supposed to have an opener or a middle. I was doing an hour and 45 minute shows on my own with no act.

The comedy is after doing it all on Saturday, Bean from Kevin & Bean called me and said Luke Burbanks is around Seattle and asked me to do his podcast. I sat down at his house for an hour and a half at 5:30 and drove back to Kirkland to do the three 110 minute shows.

Now the good thing was the club said we set the weekend record and that it will never be broken because we sold out six shows in two nights. But as close to Seattle as that was, it wasn't Seattle.

Kirkland is nice and they have flags for crossing the street, but doing that was about to kill me. The town is beautiful. The experience was not."

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