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The Most Literate American Cities Are College Towns

Amazon's ranked its top 20 most well-read cities according to book sales, and college towns are winning.

Do you live in a college town? If so, chances are you're a big reader. Retail giant Amazon has announced its list of the "Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America." They tracked purchases of magazines, newspapers, books, and e-books since January 1 for cities with more than 100,000 residents. While Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is number one, the rest of the list is dominated by big college towns.

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A More Diverse Class of 2015: Harvard Accepts Record Numbers of Black and Latino Students

Of course, the overall admission rate was lower than ever: 6.2 percent.


It's a record breaking admissions season at Harvard University. The Ivy League school received the largest number of applications for admission this year—almost 35,000 students. Then the school admitted a record low 6.2 percent of applicants. But—and this is the really good news—despite the stiff competition, the number of black and Latino students accepted into the class of 2015 might just be the highest in school history.

The class of 2015 is 11.8 percent black and 12.1 percent Latino. That's up slightly from 11.3 percent black and 10.6 percent Latino for the previous year. What made the difference? The school prides itself on its Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, an effort staffed by current minority students at the school. They help coordinate recruitment efforts and reach out to prospective minority applicants to answer questions and address concerns about attending the university. It's a smart idea because current students best know what it feels like to wonder if you're going to fit into the academic and social life at a school.

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Your College Is, Like, Totally Popular

The latest rankings on college popularity are out. Is your school one of the cool kids?


Just when you thought you had left high school popularity contests behind, now you have to worry about the status of your college. U.S. News & World Report has released its popularity rankings for national universities and liberal arts colleges. Service academies and Mormon education are the big winners.

When it comes to a liberal arts colleges, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy are the two most popular schools in the country.

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