When California resident Joshua Arnold gained acceptance to Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, his decision to attend seemed simple—the school is first rate, and Harvard offered him a full scholarship. Harvard’s mix of innovative theory and practical experience was exhilarating, but Arnold isn’t sure how well it prepared himContinue Reading

Hypersonic aircraft—including space vehicles re-entering the atmosphere—routinely rocket along at thrilling but dangerous velocities, well beyond the speed of sound. Back on Earth, working to keep them safe, is an aerospace engineering Ph.D. student named Tom Juliano.At a Mach 6 wind tunnel operated by Purdue University, Juliano studies airflows nearestContinue Reading

Smart Choices Special Ed. The number of teachers in this specialty is forecast to rise almost 15% by 2016. At some schools (e.g., Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College), many students are fully funded through U.S. Department of Ed grants. Foreign Languages. The student population is increasingly diverse. ¿Hablas español?Insider Tip ManyContinue Reading

Smart Choices International Law. Cornell University and several other schools offer joint degrees with foreign universities to train students to practice in both countries. Intellectual Property. If you have an inclination toward science, look for steady employment in the growing market for intellectual property and patent law.Insider Tip Specialization isn’tContinue Reading

Akilah Robinson, a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, was at a leadership conference in New York when she realized the financial world wasn’t where she belonged. “They spoke about not being afraid to follow your passion,” she says. “I remember thinking: It’s time for me to follow my passion.” AndContinue Reading

The research is clear: Going to college is the best path to a fulfilling career and middle-class life. But recent headlines are raising concerns that some colleges and corporations are taking advantage of the booming demand for higher education to turn students into suckers. Consider: Prosecutors have alleged that financialContinue Reading