- Business Insider 00:21July 15, 2020The average college tuition keeps rising, and it's just the start of college costsBarry Winiker/Getty Images
The average annual tuition for public, four-year colleges for the 2019 to 2020 school year was $10,486 for in-state residents, and $15,873 for out-of-state residents, according to data from CollegeBoard.
On average, room and board costs added $11,510 per year during the 2018-2019 school year.
Most students don't pay the full cost, however. The average undergraduate student received $9,520 in financial aid such as scholarships and grants, while the average graduate student received $8,920.
Even with financial aid, the average undergraduate student took out $6,660 worth of subsidized and unsubsidized student loans during the 2018-2019 school year.
Learn more about getting or refinancing a student loan with CommonBond » There's no doubt that college in the US is expensive, and the costs increase almost every year.
Oftentimes, grants and scholarships don't cover the full cost — about 58% of students graduated with student loans in 2018 according to CollegeBoard data.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The 13 best 5-year CD rates for July 2020How to flip the 'debt snowball' strategy to build an emergency savings fund fast6 steps everyday people can take to close the wealth gap
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- Business Insider 23:15July 14, 2020Business schools waived exam requirements because of the coronavirus and some may drop the GMAT entirely as universities rethink testing requirementsMany elite MBA programs have relaxed their exam requirements because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The GMAT won't be required at many schools in 2021 either, as schools grapple with an economic reckoning.
University programs across all levels have begun to re-think testing requirements in recent years, and the pandemic could accelerate those changes.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus pandemic could upend universities as we know them.
While other economic downturns were a boon for graduate programs, especially at elite business schools where young professionals — at least, the ones who can afford to — could await a better employment prospects while bolstering their resumes, this recession will be different.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus mythsSee Also:Harvard's international students are begging the school to let them come to campus in the fall, citing fears of being stuck in unstable home environments if they're forced to leave the USThe biggest questions parents and educators have about colleges reopeningHow to decide if now's a good time to go to grad school — and the pros and cons of applying during the pandemic
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- FoxNews 02:23July 14, 2020University says 'Eyes of Texas' will remain school song despite Black athletes' protestThe University of Texas on Monday said it is taking a series of actions to make its Black students feel more welcome on campus, but stopped short of shelving “The Eyes of Texas,” a song sung at most organized campus events that many athletes have called for getting rid of because of its racist origins.
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- Business Insider 22:38July 13, 2020Harvard's international students are begging the school to let them come to campus in the fall, citing fears of being stuck in unstable home environments if they're forced to leave the USLast week, ICE released guidance stating that international students would not be allowed back into the US in the fall unless they were taking in-person classes at their university.
This poses a problem for Harvard's international students, as the school recently said classes in the fall would be entirely remote.
Students told Business Insider that these regulations pose serious problems for them, including the difficulty of keeping up with online courses while in a different time zone and with poor internet connection.
Some also face unsafe or unaccommodating home situations, making it even harder for them to find a proper place to keep up with their studies.
Rachael Dane, a spokesperson for Harvard, told Business Insider that "the overwhelming reason to deliver all instruction remotely is Harvard's commitment to protecting the academic enterprise and preserving academic continuity for all of our students."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Guillaume Bouchard, a rising sophomore at Harvard University, first experienced homelessness at age 15. The Quebec native said that at that time, his single parent got a job and signed a lease on a one-bedroom apartment in another city without telling him, leaving him to fend for himself.
"I've moved 13 times in my life," he said, adding that half of those times came in the two years after his single parent left and before he moved to the US for school. "I come from an entirely francophone family and community, and I wanted to study English and come to America."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why YETI coolers are so expensiveSee Also:The biggest questions parents and educators have about colleges reopeningLingerie startup ThirdLove, which has raised $69 million since its inception, recently launched an entrepreneurship program for women of color founders — here's how to apply17 states are suing ICE over its policy that would revoke the visas of international students at colleges operating entirely online in the fallSEE ALSO: The biggest questions parents and educators have about colleges reopening
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- FoxNews 21:17July 13, 202017 states, DC sue Trump administration over foreign student policy shiftMassachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia in suing the Trump administration on Monday in a bid to block a new policy that would force foreign students to return home if their upcoming courses are entirely online.
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:30July 12, 2020Fifth of vulnerable people considered self-harm in UK lockdownExclusive: UCL findings shared with the Guardian underline mental health toll of pandemic ‘He was a big softie’: pub landlord remembered by family and friends Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA fifth of vulnerable people in Britain thought about self-harming or killing themselves during lockdown, according to research shared with the Guardian, as a series of inquests underline the mental health toll of the Covid-19 pandemic.Findings from University College London reveal that 8,000 out of 44,000 people surveyed (18%) reported thoughts of self-harm or suicide, with 42% accessing support services. A further 5% said they had harmed themselves at least once since the start of the UK’s lockdown. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 16:20July 12, 2020The biggest questions parents and educators have about colleges reopeningColleges are beginning to announce their reopening plans for the fall.
Many students, parents, and educators have questions about what the upcoming academic year will look like.
While there are no definitive answers as to what, exactly, will happen, Business Insider spoke to three experts to learn some of the biggest questions — and hear what answers they may have.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Colleges around the country are revealing their reopening plans. And parents, educators, and students have some questions.
In just a few short months, many much-lauded aspects of collegiate life — think packed athletic stadiums, libraries full of students, and individualized in-person instruction — have gone from traditions to contagion hotspots.
And now, after panicked moves to online-only instruction and campus evacuations, the fall looms. And there's one big question that can't quite be answered yet: What does college in the US look like during a pandemic?
In the meantime, Business Insider spoke with three experts — a professor who researches inequity in higher-education, a parent of two college-aged kids who also runs risk management for a community college, and a liability attorney — to learn the biggest questions that parents and educators have (or should have), and to see if they have any answers.Should students be returning to campus? Michael Spath is the campus risk manager and an environmental health and safety officer at Borough of Manhattan Community College, a commuter school. He's also the father of twins entering their junior years of college. When it comes to the question of whether it's safe to have students return to campus, he has a pretty definitive answer:
"My answer is no, I don't think it's safe," Spath said.
Both of his daughters are planning on returning to school, but he said he thinks it's "premature" to reopen campuses.
"I think if anything happens, you're going to have to shut the campuses back [down]," he said. As a college administrator, he said he's been beating his head against the wall over the issue (figuratively).
"You think starting a college is hard? You have to try shutting one down."
Natasha Warikoo, a professor of sociology at Tufts University and the author of "The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities," studies inequality in education. She said plans like Harvard's — where all courses will be virtual, but 40% of undergrads will return to campus — acknowledge that, for residential campuses, learning doesn't just take place in the classroom.
She said learning is also "what happens in the dorms as students talk together late at night and make connections and talk about ideas that may have come up in class during the day."
Some might think it's "crazy" for Harvard to have students return for virtual courses, but she said, "I think we're having to really think hard about what do students gain from the residential college experience."
Which students should be returning to campus? Harvard will have all of its first-year students living on campus — and other schools are also divvying up who returns to campus by class year. Harvard and peer institutions like Columbia are also prioritizing allowing students who need campus facilities to live on campus.
Warikoo said that while it's heartening that colleges are recognizing the students that require campus facilities, there would ideally be a blend of students on campus.
"I also think it would be problematic if only those students — working class students, students from economically disadvantaged families — if they are the only ones on campus, and it could start to also feel stigmatizing to them," she said.
What are parents' and students' legal rights if a student gets sick on campus? Liability attorney Richard Bell told Business Insider that schools are responsible for the health and safety of their students, and must always follow reasonable standards and conduct to keep them healthy — the only thing that's changed is that standards are a whole lot different during a pandemic.
But there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to those standards.
"One of the biggest problems is the CDC," Bell said. "It has turned into the most wishy washy, noncommittal CDC of all time, because when they write up their guidance, now they put in terms like 'you should consider, you should recommend when feasible.'"
Bell said standard federal guidelines would likely help make those standards uniform. "But apparently, you know, federal government has abdicated their responsibility anyway for three months," he added.
That means guidelines will come down to states and localities — and those differ widely. If you live in New York, but you're sending your child to school in Florida, schools will be bound by the guidelines set forth in Florida.
And some colleges and universities have been pushing for immunity from lawsuits if they've acted responsibly. But Bell said "it's good to have a fear" of liability. "It's a good incentive to make sure you act reasonably."
Even without that immunity, Bell said bringing forward a lawsuit for negligence is difficult — which is why there hasn't been a flood of them. You have to be able to prove you contracted the coronavirus from a specific instance of the school's negligence, he said.
When asked what are the criteria for a case he would take against a college for negligence, he gave the example of a school knowing an employee had symptoms but still had them work, with that employee causing a large enough outbreak that cases were traced back to them.
"That might be a case," because there would be evidence of negligence, according to Bell.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Even if remote work is here to stay, Manhattan office space will always be among the most valuable in the world — here's whyHow to decide when it's safe to go to the dentist or doctor again if your state is reopeningHow to decide if now's a good time to go to grad school — and the pros and cons of applying during the pandemicSEE ALSO: How to decide if now's a good time to go to grad school — and the pros and cons of applying during the pandemic
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- Huffington Post UK 13:53July 12, 2020Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Introduced In ‘First Half Of Next Year’, Scientist Says
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- FoxNews 12:10July 12, 2020Ohio protester, 22, died of natural causes, not pepper spray: autopsyA 22-year-old woman who died two days after participating in a protest related to the death of George Floyd, died of natural causes – not from exposure to pepper spray, an autopsy determined.
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- FoxNews 22:27July 11, 2020Andrew McCarthy: Is Electoral College headed for extinction? Republicans should oppose Dem attempt to kill itThe National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, would effectively eliminate the Constitution’s Electoral College system. It would reduce the college to a nullity by requiring a state’s electors to vote for the candidate who wins the national popular vote — regardless of whether that candidate loses the state’s popular vote.
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- FoxNews 23:19July 10, 2020Immigration advocates, educators slam new ICE rule restricting foreign college students: 'It really has no basis'Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with the state of California, have filed a lawsuit over the temporary rule change and immigration advocates and higher education insiders are confident emergency court relief is coming soon since the school year is fast approaching.
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- FoxNews 08:20July 10, 2020Lou Holtz decries push to scrap college football, other sports: 'What has happened to our way of life?'Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz joined "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday to respond to the likelihood that the 2020 season will be severely curtailed -- if there is a season at all.
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- Business Insider 19:44July 9, 2020There's only one reason I'd ever use a CD over a high-yield savings account: college tuition A CD can sometimes offer a higher rate of return than a high-yield savings account, but in exchange you have to lock your money away for a certain period of time.
For money I know I'll need in the next one to three years, a high-yield savings account makes sense. I'd rather invest money I'll need in five to 10 years.
I would use a CD to save for my future kids' college tuition, since I'd know exactly when payments would be due in the next one, two, three, and four years.
See Business Insider's picks for the best high-yield savings accounts » A certificate of deposit, or CD for short, is a type of savings account that offers a set rate of return in exchange for a fixed date of withdrawal. Typically, you cannot access your money early without paying a fee.
CDs are similar to high-yield savings accounts, except in return for locking your money away for a certain period, you are usually rewarded with a slightly higher interest rate, especially if you choose a CD with a longer term.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:What to do with your emergency savings if your high-yield savings account rate has plummeted3 things to consider before switching to a new high-yield savings account as interest rates dropWhen to use a cashier's check, and how to get one
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- Business Insider 00:26July 9, 2020I took a virtual drawing class taught by professors for $75 — and now I understand why college students don't want to spend another semester onlineJoey Hadden/Business Insider I took a $75 virtual drawing class taught by college professors.
The class made me long for my college years, but some elements of the undergraduate experience were missing, which made me thankful I finished school before the pandemic.
I missed meeting my classmates and professors in the same space, and I think I would have learned the concepts quicker if my professors were watching over my shoulder.
Learning to draw with other people, even virtually, made me feel less alone during the coronavirus pandemic, which has been socially isolating, and gave me one more activity to do at home.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. I always thought of drawing as something other people do. Sure, I've doodled through classes in college, but I never thought of drawing as a way to spend my free time.
When I was stuck at home waiting out the coronavirus pandemic, a flyer for a virtual drawing class made me think otherwise. I've been turning to music, video games, and journaling to fill up my free time while staying in, so why not try something new?
The Art Local is a drawing school run by two college art professors, Renee Lai and Sarah Fagan, in Austin, Texas.
Lai and Fagan teach both art majors and non-majors at the University of Texas, Austin, and St. Edward's University.
Fagan and Lai came up with the idea while teaching art for non-major students. These classes typically fill up quickly with students who are excited by art and eager to learn, Lai said.
So the duo decided to create shortened versions of their classes with optional homework. While the original plan was to hold these classes in-person, Lai and Fagan launched the courses online in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here's what it's like to take a drawing class over Zoom.I saw a flyer for the art class in my Austin neighborhood while walking my dog. Intrigued, I went to the website listed and signed up for "Intro to Drawing."
Joey Hadden/Business Insider
Sarah Fagan said that this course is made for people who are interested in art but haven't pursued it. "It's just a little taste of what it could have been like" to be an art major, she added.
The class took place on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. through the month of June. The supply list included basic art supplies, like pencils, erasers, and a sketchbook.
Joey Hadden/Business Insider
Sarah Fagan said that this course is made for people who are interested in art but haven't pursued it. "It's just a little taste of what it could have been like" to be an art major, she added.
I also had to get some line charcoal for the class, which was easy to find at my local art supply store.
Joey Hadden/Business Insider
Line charcoal is exactly what it sounds like — it's a cylindrical strip of charcoal can you hold in your hand. It's messy, but mistakes rub away easily with a swipe of your hand.
At first, I was intimidated by line charcoal, but by the end of the course, I was using it for fun.
In total, the class cost about $99 — $75 to attend and the rest on supplies.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Inside Donald Trump and Kanye West's unlikely friendshipThe Louvre just reopened for the first time in 4 months, and 2 striking photos show just how different it is to visit the famous Paris museum today8 of Atlantic City's famous casinos just reopened for the first time since March. These photos show just how different the casino experience is going to be after the pandemic.SEE ALSO: I went to Dance Church, a live-stream movement class where thousands of people dance alone together, and it was the most liberating hour of my life during the coronavirus social distancing
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- FoxNews 21:09July 8, 2020College reopening plans: Which institutions have committed to online learning for fall 2020?As academic institutions across the country grapple with how to educate students during the coronavirus pandemic, many colleges are offering alternatives to in-person courses when the fall 2020 semester begins.
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- Business Insider 20:35July 8, 2020Parents plan to drop billions on school necessities at retailers this month, but coronavirus has overhauled the back-to-school shopping cartMichael Loccisano/Getty Images Back-to-school and back-to-college shopping is set to start soon, even as decisions on how and where students will be taught remain undecided due to the pandemic.
Professional services firm Deloitte ran two surveys to glean insight from parents of both college kids and K-12 students.
Deloitte found that spending for both school supplies and college necessities is set to remain flat in 2020, with an increase in technology products and a dip in other categories like apparel.
The largest retailers are set to continue to dominate back-to-school and back-to-college spending, but online-only outfits also have an edge thanks to the pandemic.
In-store safety and convenience are also a larger concern for parents this year.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Back-to-school and back-to-college shopping will look a bit different this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dual surveys from Deloitte found that parents in both consumer categories continue to favor retail giants and deals on products, with spending estimated to remain relatively flat compared with purchasing trends in 2019. However, the two reports from Deloitte also found that the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on back-to-school and back-to-college shopping, sparking a spike in safety concerns and bolstering a growing preference for online-only and e-commerce options.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: School bus design hasn't dramatically changed in decades — but that's actually not a problemSee Also:These 20 retailers and restaurant chains have filed for bankruptcy or liquidation in 2020Levi's is slashing 700 jobs — a total of 15% of its total workforce — as it becomes the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemicA Home Depot shopper was arrested after scuffling with a fellow customer over masks and saying 'white power'SEE ALSO: Harvard is keeping classes online this fall, placing it among the 8% of US colleges planning to do so. Here's the list so far.
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- New York Times 20:12July 8, 2020Accusations of Serial Rape Push Egypt Toward a ReckoningIn a country where women are often blamed when they are sexually assaulted, the arrest of an Egyptian student has raised hopes for changing attitudes.
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- FoxNews 01:52July 8, 2020Gutfeld on Harvard going onlineOur education system doesn't make people smarter; it makes some people richer and others poorer. And judging by the nature of today’s leftists, dumber, infantile and obviously unstable.
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- Business Insider 03:55July 7, 2020ICE says international students taking online courses have to transfer or leave the US, as dozens of schools shift to remote learning in response to COVID-19Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images International college students taking online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic will no longer be allowed to stay in the US on a student visa, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday.
According to ICE, foreigners on student visas were temporarily allowed to take online courses during the spring and summer semesters as US schools adapted to changes brought on by the novel coronavirus.
That policy, however, will no longer be in place come the fall 2020 semester, leaving international students to figure out how to continue their studies in person or risk losing their visas.
Several major US institutions, including Columbia, Harvard, and NYU, have embraced remote learning to tackle to spread of the virus.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. International college students taking online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic will no longer be allowed to stay in the US on a student visa, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday.
In a statement, ICE said that nonimmigrant students attending schools that have switched to online courses cannot sign up for an entirely online course load and remain in the US. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdownSee Also:Georgia Tech's faculty isn't happy that students won't be required to wear masks on campusAustralia is closing the border between its two most populous states for the first time in a century as coronavirus cases riseIndia just surpassed Russia as the country with the 3rd-most coronavirus infections
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- Business Insider 00:07July 7, 2020Georgia Tech's faculty isn't happy that students won't be required to wear masks on campusGeorgia Tech has issued it's reopening plan for next semester and it doesn't require face masks.
More than 850 faculty members have signed a letter to administration.
The letter calls on the university to make face masks required everywhere on campus and provide large-scale Covid-19 testing, and tracing.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Georgia Tech will not require students to wear masks when they return to campus this fall.
The university's reopening plan has angered some faculty, who say it is not based on science and puts staff and students at risk. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdownSee Also:US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he is against a nationwide mask mandate because it would be counterproductive and cause rebellionFlorida reports over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its single-day record twice in one weekFewer first responders will be available for the usual spike in firework incidents and ER visits during July 4th weekend — one of America's most dangerous holidays
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- Business Insider 23:21July 6, 2020Harvard just made its choice between remote learning and bringing students back in the fall: bothHarvard released a statement on July 6 saying the university will continue all-online learning in the fall — but plans to allow 40% of its undergraduate student body to return to campus.
Those invited to the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus in the fall will include all incoming first-year students and those who "may not be able to learn successfully in their current home learning environment."
The statement also addressed the possibility of a half-empty campus in the spring. First-year students would return home for more remote learning in the spring, to make room for seniors to be invited back to campus.
All students returning to school will live in single bedrooms with shared bathrooms. In addition to practicing physical distancing and mask wearing, students will also be required to disclose daily symptoms and participate in frequent testing — as often as every three days. Infected students will be isolated at Harvard University Health Services.
The fall semester will start as previously announced on September 2, but with a phased return to campus. Tuition — which can total more than $70,000 — will also remain as previously announced.
Harvard's decision to remain remote comes as 65% of colleges gear up to make a full or hybrid return to in-person learning and as US Immigration and Customs Enforcement says international students attending schools that are operating entirely online may not remain in the US.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in AmericaSee Also:What the top 25 colleges and universities in the US have said about their plans to reopen in fall 2020, from postponing the semester to offering more remote courseworkAn Ivy League school said it will reopen campus this fall based on 'counterintuitive' evidence that doing so will actually lead to fewer coronavirus infections than a fully remote semesterMy husband and I drove through 18 states in 4 days with our 2-year-old to relocate from California to Maine — we came into contact with just 10 people and spent $852SEE ALSO: An Ivy League school said it will reopen campus this fall based on 'counterintuitive' evidence that doing so will actually lead to fewer coronavirus infections than a fully remote semester
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- FoxNews 23:14July 6, 2020Harvard to bring as many as 40 percent of undergrads to campus in fall, but most will stay homeHarvard University officials said Monday that school will invite 40 percent of undergraduates, including all first-year students, back to campus for the fall semester as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in most states.
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- Business Insider 23:06July 6, 2020Apple's back-to-school deals include discounts on Macs and iPads, plus you can get a free pair of Beats headphones until September 26 Apple products are some of the hottest around during the back-to-school season, but they've always been set at luxury or premium prices.
Every year, Apple offers an education discount on some of its products most closely aligned with school work, namely MacBooks, Macs, and iPads.
This year, students and educators can also get a pair of Apple AirPods for free when they buy a Mac, MacBook, or iPad.
You can also save 20% on AppleCare+ device protection, and each purchase comes with one year of Apple TV+ as well as three months of Apple Music for free, with a discounted subscription cost ($4.99/month) for students after the Apple Music trial ends. It's already time to start thinking about the back-to-school season, regardless of whether you'll be sitting in a physical classroom this year. Apple is once again running a series of deals on its products for students and educators, so they can get discounts on laptops, tablets, software, and accessories.
With the education discount, students, school staff, and students' parents can save up to $300 on Mac desktops, $100 on MacBook laptops, $50 on select iPads, 5-10% on accessories, 50% on Apple Music, and 20% on AppleCare+ device protection. If you buy a Mac or iPad, you will also receive a pair of AirPods for free.
If you're eligible for student pricing and don't see the discounted prices, you'll need head to Apple's back-to-school site first.
Unfortunately, Apple doesn't have an end date for this promotion. The company only states that the free AirPods with a Mac or iPad purchase are only available while supplies last. So, it'd be smart to act quickly if you want to take advantage of this freebie.
Find the best Apple back-to-school deals of this year below, or shop all of Apple's education deals here.
Updated 7/6/20 by Joe Osborne: Added Apple's deals for 2020 and checked all links for accuracy. Also updated with details on Apple's free AirPods promotion for education customers.Who is eligible for Apple education discounts?
To take advantage of these Apple Education Discounts, you need to currently be a student, teacher, school board member, or parent of a student. You can read Apple's terms and conditions here.
Here's who is eligible for the Apple Education Discount: K-12 staff: Anyone who currently works at a public or private K-12 school can get the discounts. Homeschool teachers are also eligible, as are currently serving school board members who have been elected or appointed to their posts. PTA or PTO executives who are currently serving and were elected or appointed can also get the deals.
Higher education staff and students: Anyone who works at an institution of Higher Education and any students who are attending or have been accepted into the Higher Education system can get the discounts.
Higher education Parents: Parents can get the discounts when they buy devices for their children if their children are currently attending or have been accepted into a public or private Higher Education institution. Shop all Apple Education Discounts here.
Get a free pair of AirPods and 50% off Apple Music Looking to buy a Mac or iPad for school? You may as well get a free pair of AirPods when you make the purchase. If you buy any Mac or iPad Pro from Apple, you'll get a pair of AirPods wireless earbuds.
Apple is specifically including the original AirPods (no wireless charging case) for free with these purchases while supplies last, which is a $159.00 value. If you want to upgrade this promotion, you can score that same value toward the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (for only $40 additional) or the AirPods Pro (for just $90 additional).
Students can also get a deal on an Apple Music subscription. For the first three months, Apple Music is free, and after that initial period, you'll pay a special student rate of $4.99 a month for a savings of $5 a month.
Here are the best AirPods and Apple Music back-to-school deals: Buy a Mac or iPad and get a free pair of AirPods headphones
Get three months of Apple Music free and pay $4.99 a month after the trial ends Save up to $400 on a Mac or MacBook
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Apple has announced a number of great deals on Mac computers for students, too, so if you are buying a Mac, you could get a pretty great discount as well as a free pair of Beats Studio3 headphones.
All of Apple's current Mac computers are being discounted, so whether you want the affordable MacBook Air or the powerful iMac Pro, you should be able to find a pretty sweet discount.
Apple is offering 20% off AppleCare+ device protection, too. If you want to make sure your expensive new MacBook can be repaired for free (or at least for less), you should really take advantage of the deal.
You can also get a bundle of pro software for $199.99 that includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3.
Here are the best Mac and MacBook back-to-school deals: Apple MacBook Air, $999.00+ (originally $999.00) [You save $100]
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro, $1,199.00+ (originally $1,299.00) [You save $100]
Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro, $2,199.00+ (originally $2,399.00) [You save $150]
Apple 21.5-inch iMac, $1,049.00+ (originally $1,099.00) [You save $50]
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- FoxNews 22:42July 6, 2020Harvard University announces all classes will be online for the 2020-2021 school yearReaction from Harvard Global Health Institute director Dr. Ashish Jha.
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- Business Insider 19:25July 6, 2020The best mini fridgesMini fridges come in all shapes, styles, and sizes and are ideal for a home office or dorm room.
If you're looking for the perfect mini fridge, the Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge offers advanced features and enough space to hold all the perishables you could want for an affordable price. Back to school is one of the most popular times to purchase a mini fridge as many students want a refrigerator in their dorm rooms. But these small refrigerators also work well for offices, rec rooms, and garages.
Mini fridges aren't as energy efficient as standard-sized refrigerators, and some don't maintain a consistent enough temperature to preserve food safely for long periods. However, for keeping beverages and quickly consumed items cold, they work just fine.
The key is finding the right size and features for your needs that fits into your budget. As a general rule, a larger mini fridge will cost more than a smaller mini fridge, and stainless steel or glass-door mini fridges also tend to be pricier.
A mini fridge's capacity is listed in cubic feet. This gives you an idea of the size and number of items you can place inside, although shelves and freezer space take up some of this capacity. Some companies also list capacity for a mini fridge as the number of 12-ounce cans the unit can hold.
Most mini fridges contain at least a small freezer compartment. However, they are not accessible through a separate door like with a full-size refrigerator. This causes the freezer to not be as efficient as what you'll find in a standard refrigerator. Many freezers are too small to even hold a large frozen pizza, for example.
But if keeping drinks and snacks cool is your goal, these are the best mini fridges available.
Here are the best mini fridges: Best overall: Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge Best small size: Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge
Best compact size: Midea 1.6 Cubic Foot Compact Refrigerator
Best mid-size: Frigidaire 3.3 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge
Best convertible freezer: EdgeStar 1.1 Cubic Foot Convertible Refrigerator/Freezer Updated on 7/6/2020 to edit the prices, titles, and remove reviews and ratings from third-party sites, because we've found them to be unreliable in the past. The best overall
The Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge is large enough to meet the needs of three or four students and has excellent features for a nice price point, too.
The Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge is a versatile mini fridge that is also at the larger end of what you'll need in a dorm room or office refrigerator, but it has plenty of interior space at 4.4 cubic feet, as well as several nice features. It's a good choice if you're looking for more than a simple beverage refrigerator.
The Danby mini fridge measures 20.7 inches wide and 20.9 inches deep. At 32.7 inches in height, this unit may not fit well in a small room. It does offer a tiny freezer unit of 0.5 cubic feet, which actually is an above-average size freezer for a dorm fridge.
We also really like the fact that the shelving is adjustable and you can reverse the direction of the door, which allows you to place the refrigerator in any location in the room. It has a beverage dispensing rack, too.
Pros: Large capacity for a three- or four-person dorm room, good price point, plenty of advanced features for a dorm fridge, beverage dispensing racks built-in, good shelving system that's adjustable, quiet operation
Cons: Freezer system may struggle to hold a consistent temperature, might be too large for some dorm rooms
The best small size
If size is at a premium, you'll love the tiny Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge.
If your college student is going to be cooking for themself, buying a dorm refrigerator that's too small is just going to encourage more pizza orders since they won't have enough storage for the ingredients they need to cook. But for students on a cafeteria meal plan, a small fridge to hold some beverages and midnight snacks is a nice option.
For a small refrigerator that'll fit well in a tiny room, our favorite is the Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge. It's a short, almost cube-shaped model that offers measurements of just 27.6 inches in height, 19.1 inches in width, and 17.7 inches in depth, allowing you to put it in almost any area of your room.
It offers a can storage rack and adjustable shelving, which are features not often found in such a small refrigerator. It also has a tiny freezer area and thermostat control, which are nice features in such a low priced fridge. And the door hinges are reversible, allowing you to adjust the door to make it fit in exactly the spot you want.
Pros: Small refrigerator fits great in a small dorm room, just the right size for storing snacks and beverages, reversible door hinges, thermostat control ensures stable temperature, small freezer included
Cons: Could be too noisy for some students' liking, too small for storing food for students who cook for themselves
The best compact size
The Midea 1.6 Cubic Foot Compact Refrigerator will keep a small amount of food and drinks cold.
If you want to have milk, drinks, and other perishables on hand but our first two picks are still too big, the Midea Compact Refrigerator will be just the right size, measuring 17.7 x 18.6 x 19.4 inches.
The Midea fridge is smaller than the others in our guide, but if you really don't expect to use it to store much food, and saving space is key, this fridge will do the trick.
It has one shelf that divides the fridge in two and additional storage in the door that can hold a 1-liter soda bottle and then some. It also has a tiny freezer for ice cubes or other small frozen items.
Pros: Compact size for small spaces, keeps items cold, reliable
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- New York Magazine 18:52July 6, 2020Supreme Court Lets States Punish ‘Faithless Electors’A unanimous Supreme Court found no constitutional sanction for treating presidential electors as free agents.
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- Breitbart News 17:46July 6, 2020Supreme Court: States Can Punish 'Faithless Electors'; Unanimous DecisionThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states may punish "faithless electors" -- those members of the Electoral College who refuse to cast their ballots for the candidate whom the majority of voters in the state have chosen.
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- Business Insider 17:36July 6, 2020Supreme Court says states can require presidential electors to vote for candidate who wins state's popular voteThe Supreme Court says states can require presidential electors to back the candidate that won that state in the Electoral College.
Electors almost always do that anyway, but this ruling upholds laws mandating it that already exist in 32 states and the District of Columbia.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College.
The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, and electors almost always do so anyway.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The Supreme Court will hear a landmark case on gerrymandering — here’s how the political tactic changed the US foreverSee Also:8 ways to look like a millionaire, even if you're notHow to decide if you should take the GMAT or GRE when applying to business school, in one simple chartDemocrats may beat Trump in November and still not learn the most important lesson from his presidencySEE ALSO: Russian bounties on US troops are further straining Trump's bond with one of the GOP's most loyal groups
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- FoxNews 14:00July 6, 2020Justin Haskins: Nationwide chaos – Radical left took over this and we're all paying the priceThe most disturbing aspect of these events is that so many well-meaning people have been duped into joining them.
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- New York Times 09:59July 6, 2020China Detains Xu Zhangrun, Law Professor Who Criticized Xi JinpingThe police seized Xu Zhangrun, an outspoken academic at the prestigious Tsinghua University, at his home early in the morning, along with his books and papers.
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- Breitbart News 21:18July 3, 2020Mike Gundy Agrees to Take $1 Million Pay Cut After Review Prompted by Backlash over OAN ShirtMike Gundy, the Oklahoma State football coach who faced a strong backlash last month after being spotted wearing an OAN shirt, has greed to accept a $1 million pay cut and a one-year reduction in contract length.
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- Business Insider 14:49July 3, 2020The survival of small businesses in American college towns is being threatened as restaurants, bars, and bookstores are stuck hoping students return to campus this fallSmall businesses in university and college towns rely heavily upon students for their revenue. Some businesses make 80% or more of their income from university-related traffic.
Business Insider spoke to restaurants, bars, and bookstores in college towns around the country to find out what it is like to operate during the pandemic — and what the uncertain road ahead looks like.
If students don't return to campuses this fall, or if they return in lesser numbers, some local businesses face the possibility of permanent closures.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Late nights filling boxes with books, chocolate bars, and knick knacks until 2 A.M. is the new norm for Jaime Sanchez and his wife Miranda during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jaime and Miranda are the owners of Epilogue, a bookstore and coffee shop on the main street of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Chapel Hill is home to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and like so many other college towns, the school is the lifeblood of the community, with around 19,117 undergraduate students arriving every fall in addition to the 10,984 graduate and professional students.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquidSee Also:Macy's CEO says it doesn't expect to shut down stores again, despite falling foot traffic and volatile brick-and-mortar sales in states experiencing coronavirus surgesThe largest fast-food franchisee in America, which owns 1,600 Pizza Hut and Wendy's locations, files for bankruptcyWhy YETI coolers are so expensiveSEE ALSO: The 30 top colleges in the US, and how much you might be earning 6 years after graduating
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- Business Insider 00:16July 3, 2020What the top 25 colleges and universities in the US have said about their plans to reopen in fall 2020, from postponing the semester to offering more remote courseworkBrian Snyder/Reuters US universities began shifting to remote learning in light of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
Some universities, like Yale, are planning for another remote semester, while others, like Rice, expect to reopen campus with social distancing regulations in place.
Here's what the top 25 US colleges and universities have discussed for fall 2020 reopening plans so far.
To inform our list, Business Insider used education research firm Quacquarelli Symonds' first-ever US specific ranking of the best colleges and universities in 2020.
Business Insider used Niche's net price calculation for each school, which is the average cost of tuition after financial aid reported by each college in 2019.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
University of Texas at Austin
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Location: Austin, Texas
Net price: $14,156
COVID-19 updates: A June 29 update shared that the fall semester will begin on campus on August 26 with several new regulations, like that a classroom can't be more than 40% full. After that, all courses will be conducted remotely.
A June 8 update shared that all students and faculty will be required to wear a face mask or covering inside buildings on campus and that the university is working on a plan for voluntary coronavirus testing for students.
A previous update confirmed that remote coursework will be available.
Read more about the University of Texas' coronavirus response here
University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington
Net price: $9,765
COVID-19 updates: The university will hold a virtual meeting for the campus community on July 10 to discuss the fall semester.
A June 30 update shared that the University of Washington will provide a combination of in-person and online coursework. The school will prioritize in-person coursework for hands-on classes, like studio, clinical, and lab courses. The university will teach all courses with more than 50 students remotely.
Earlier in June, the university implemented a policy requiring people on campus to wear a face mask indoors and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible.
Read more about the University of Washington's coronavirus response here
Georgetown University Location: Washington, DC
Net price: $27,420
COVID-19 updates: A June 18 update announced that the fall semester will take place online.
In a letter dated May 12 detailing the school's financial response to the pandemic, Georgetown University President John DeGioia told the Georgetown community that the school will cut spending on new buildings and grounds, hold salary increases, and suspend contributions to retirement plans for the upcoming fiscal year. DeGioia also mentioned that 54 administrative employees volunteered to reduce their salaries for the upcoming fiscal year.
Read more about Georgetown University's coronavirus response here
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- Business Insider 18:21July 2, 2020An Ivy League school said it will reopen campus this fall based on 'counterintuitive' evidence that doing so will actually lead to fewer coronavirus infections than a fully remote semesterCornell University More colleges are opting to entertain in-person classes this fall, even as the number of coronavirus cases soars.
Cornell University plans to welcome students back to its Ithaca, New York campus on September 2, University President Martha Pollack announced in a June 30 statement.
The decision, according to Pollack, was largely based on a mathematical modeling study conducted by Cornell researchers that found "counterintuitive" evidence that it is safer to reopen campus, as students would return to Ithaca even if classes were strictly online.
The study found that an in-person semester would result in roughly 1,254 members of the campus population (3.6%) becoming infected, with 16 members (0.0047%) needing hospitalization. It also found that an all-online semester would result in roughly 7,200 people becoming infected and 60 needing hospitalization.
"Residential instruction, when coupled with a robust virus screening program," Pollack wrote, "is a better option for protecting the public health of our community than a purely online semester."
While face masks and physical distancing in classrooms are a given, the university's plan also stated that students will be required to participate in a testing program upon returning to campus, and then throughout the semester, in addition to completing a daily online questionnaire about health symptoms.
Students will return home for Thanksgiving in November and then take exams online in December. The spring semester is set to start on February 9, 2021. Pollack noted that the current standing schedule and protocols are subject to change.
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- FoxNews 16:51July 2, 2020Mollie Hemingway: 'Particularly bad' when taxpayers fund 'the seeds of their country's own destruction' by not having 'vibrant debate' at collegesThe Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that “universities have not done a good job of protecting free speech,” and it is “particularly bad when taxpayers are funding the seeds of their country's own destruction by not having vibrant debate.”
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- FoxNews 10:05July 2, 2020Harvard grad blames Trump supporters after ‘stab’ video costs her Deloitte jobShe’s a Harvard graduate, but a Connecticut woman apparently learned this week that words and actions can have consequences.
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- FoxNews 04:24July 2, 2020Tucker: Struggling colleges are giving big discountsIf you are paying for college this fall, consider sending an email to the financial aid office.
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- Business Insider 22:18July 1, 20204 tax breaks every US college student should know aboutPaul Bradbury/OJO Images/Getty
Taxes are due on July 15 this year.
If you attended undergraduate, graduate, or professional school in 2019, or you're repaying a student loan, you may be eligible for a tax break.
The IRS offers tax deductions and tax credits for college students and parents that either reduce taxable income or lower your tax bill.
This post has been reviewed for accuracy by Thomas C. Corley, CPA.
TaxAct is currently offering 35% off on Federal and State returns » Tax credits and tax deductions for college students can help offset the cost of school or repaying a loan.
Credits and deductions can help you pay less income tax by lowering your tax liability dollar-for-dollar, or reducing your taxable income.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:9 Smart Reasons To Second Guess Your Retirement Plans13 Money Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself By Age 309 Unbelievable Student Loan Horror Stories
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- Business Insider 18:01July 1, 2020The best laptops for college studentsFor today's college students, no tech is as essential as a good laptop that's designed for productivity and entertainment.
For anyone starting or returning to college and looking for a new laptop, we have five excellent options to choose from.
Overall, the best college laptop is the Dell XPS 13 for many of the same reasons it stands as our best laptop altogether, like ease of use and power. Besides tuition, textbooks, and lodging, many college students will need to spend money on a new laptop. The best college laptops will get you through four (or more, depending on your program) years of schoolwork as well as downtime entertainment: games and YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify binges.
An ideal laptop for college is one that won't slow down after a couple of years or crash constantly while you're trying to get work done or finish that game. It's also slim and lightweight for carrying around campus, and has ample battery life so that it doesn't die on you at inopportune times. You'll also need to consider your major area of study: some will require you to do computing work that's way more demanding than others or can only run on certain operating systems.
To help you find the best college laptop, we've rounded up the best ones we've tested. Where needed, we've included some picks based on extensive research and our decades of computing expertise and knowledge. Before we get to the recommendations, here is one major aspect to consider: the operating system (OS). Each of the laptops in our guide runs one of the three major OSes: Windows, MacOS, and ChromeOS. Each OS has its own set of pros and cons. Windows 10: Windows 10 is the most popular computing operating system, and you'll have no problem finding the right software to help get your work done. It's also the best OS for games, if that's how you plan on spending your free time. The downside is that, because it's so popular and open, hackers generally target Windows first, so it's important to run antivirus software regularly and update the OS as security patches get released.
MacOS: Like Windows, MacOS is a fully fledged OS with a robust library of apps. If you need a popular app to get your work done, it's almost definitely available for the Mac. The downside is that MacOS only runs on Apple hardware, which is typically a lot more expensive than Windows alternatives. The two upsides are that MacOS has far fewer viruses than Windows, and it shares many of the same apps as the iPhone. If you're an iPhone user, your photos will automatically sync with your Mac, and you'll be able to send and receive iMessages from your computer, among other things. As you probably guessed, MacOS only runs on Apple computers.
ChromeOS: ChromeOS is different from MacOS and Windows because it's entirely based on Google's Chrome browser, and it requires online connectivity. You won't have access to the same types of software as you would on a Mac or PC, but you can still use Google's G suite to write papers, prepare presentations, create and edit spreadsheets, and more. You can also use third-party applications that are web based, and some services even let you download content for offline access, like Netflix. Because it's not a traditional OS, you also won't have to worry about computer virus infections or your computer slowing down because it's full of random system files. If you need to run Mac or Windows software, this isn't for you. ChromeOS only runs on Chromebooks, which are generally less powerful but more affordable. The hardware inside of your laptop — often referred to as the "specs" — will determine how well it will run on a daily basis, and how long it should last before it gets replaced. All of the laptops below should have enough processing power, storage, memory, and battery longevity to last for at least an entire four-year term of study.
Of course, the more powerful laptops below will be faster and could last a lot longer, but they're more expensive. You'll have to look within your budget, but we are recommending laptops that work for most college students.
Here are the best college laptops you can buy: Best college laptop overall: Dell XPS 13
Best college MacBook: Apple MacBook Air (2020)
Best college 2-in-1 laptop: Lenovo Yoga C940
Best budget college laptop: Acer Chromebook 15 Updated on 03/11/2020 by Joe Osborne: We've now replaced the 2019 MacBook Air with the 2020 edition, which updates the laptop with Apple's new Magic Keyboard and increases the available storage as the base price.The best college laptop overall
The Dell XPS 13 achieves a sublime balance between the strongest mobile computer hardware to date and a sharp-looking, slim, and lightweight frame for a relatively reasonable price.
Dell's flagship XPS 13 has been the overall best laptop for years, and the situation is no different when it comes to college users because the XPS 13's balance between power, portability, and looks is just as ideal for students as it is for general users, making it the best laptop for most people.
The Dell XPS 13 adopts the latest in Intel processor (CPU) technology: the 10th-generation Core-series chips built on the 10-nanometer (nm) process. Exponentially, there are more transistors on the CPU die than before, meaning even more performance and possibly longer battery life — more than 19 hours of battery life from the Full HD (1080p) version, by Dell's measure.
Older versions of the XPS 13 had a webcam that was positioned at the bottom of the display, which was much maligned. The latest model has the webcam on the top, thankfully, so the camera captures you face-on rather than up your nostrils. The webcam is still just 720p, but it now includes far-field microphones for better audio pickup from far away. Even better, Dell managed to fit two fast Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C versatility at 40Gbps speeds) ports in the XPS 13 and a microSD card slot, while keeping the profile slim.
The base model Dell XPS 13 starts with an Intel Core i3 CPU, a 13.3-inch 1080p screen, 4GB of memory (RAM), and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) — starting at $1,000. Dell sells the laptop in Platinum Silver with a black carbon-fiber palm rest, weighing just 2.7 pounds and measuring merely 0.3-inches thin. With several options in between, the laptop maxes out with an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and a 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD at 2160p) touchscreen with Rose Gold and Alpine White color options, with a $2,350 list price.
Pros: Excellent design, long battery life, latest hardware, lots of ports
Cons: Webcam should be 1080p, certain colors locked to higher specs
The best college MacBook The latest MacBook Air for 2020 makes its light-and-thin laptop even better with a redesigned keyboard and more storage, keeping its place as our favorite Apple laptop for college students.
The newest MacBook Air still iterates on the redesign released in 2018 — an iteration of the iconic wedge design unveiled in the 2008 MacBook Air — and brings many modern features to, arguably, Apple's most recognizable laptop. Namely, this includes a beyond-HD (2,560 x 1,600), 13.3-inch screen, Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor (for login, online passwords, and Apple Pay), headphone jack, and two fast Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. One bummer: Apple removed the SD card slot from newer MacBook Air.
However, Apple has finally improved the keyboard for 2020, bringing the Magic Keyboard design from the 16-inch MacBook Pro to its most affordable laptop. It significantly improves the typing experience, according to our own review.
The 2020 MacBook Air display is identical to what's found within the more powerful and pricier 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. As such, this display features Apple's True Tone technology, which matches the screen's color temperature to that of the ambient light surrounding it. This feature is critical for anyone suffering from eye strain and other issues, particularly due to blue light emitted by all computer displays.
Keeping to what earned it such a sterling reputation, the 2020 MacBook Air is Apple's top laptop for battery life, lasting for up to 12 hours of wireless web use. Knowing that, it should be easy to rely on the MacBook Air to hang on for many intercontinental flights — not many, if any, Windows laptops can make this claim.
Apple sells this newest MacBook Air model in gray, silver, and gold colors. For the starting $999.00 suggested price, the laptop is driven by a now 10th-generation, fan-less dual-core Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB solid-state drive.
You can customize these parts — more powerful processor, more memory, bigger storage — but know that nearly all of these upgrades cost way above market rate. However, because of the way the MacBook Air is designed, you cannot upgrade these components after purchase — at least, not easily and not without voiding your warranty.
Apple's computers tend to have a longer shelf life than many of their Windows counterparts. But, if you foresee using a MacBook Air beyond four years of undergraduate studies — post-college job, graduate studies, etc. — paying more now to soup-up the components could extend the laptop's usable lifespan.
The MacBook Air's wide popularity is thanks in no small part to colleges and universities worldwide, whose students adopted the previous model en masse. This is because of the longevity of MacOS and Apple's hardware, seeing these machines through years of study.
Pros: Sharp and vibrant display, Touch ID, light and thin, long-lasting battery, improved keyboard
Cons: Fan-less CPU, component upgrades are pricey
Read our full MacBook Air 2020 review here
The best college 2-in-1 laptop
The Lenovo Yoga C940 is part laptop, part tablet — excellent for both school work and leisure.
The Yoga C940 2-in-1 laptop is Lenovo's latest take on the foldable computing revolution that it helped spark a decade ago. The clever speaker-hinge design has been improved, making way for deeper audio from bigger sound drivers; the hinge also allows the screen to fold all the way back, turning it into a tablet (hence the 2-in-1). Also new in this 2019 model is the adoption of the latest 10-nanometer Intel Core processors.
Even better is that it is easier to open with one hand, with a tiny lip added to the lid, just above the camera. The Lenovo keyboard, thankfully, remains untouched, maintaining the IBM ThinkPad legacy that Lenovo purchased many moons ago. Lenovo is selling the Yoga C940 in the same stylish "Iron Gray" and "Mica" color options as 2018.
Lenovo's focus for the 2019 edition of the Yoga C940 was upping its position as a leading multimedia laptop, introducing bottom-firing speakers into the device's base for even more audio channels (the laptop also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound). Additionally, the stowaway stylus will be helpful for taking notes; it recharges when it's inserted into the laptop.
The Yoga C940 starts at $1,250. That price gets you a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 14-inch, 1080p touch-capable display, along with two fast Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, one USB 3.1 port, a fingerprint reader for security, and a webcam privacy shutter. Naturally, there are multiple upgrade options available at checkout. Lenovo includes a battery that's rated to last for up to 15 hours on a charge, by the company's claim, and in one hour can recover 80% of its charge. That all sounds like a perfect fit into space-strapped college life.
Pros: Latest Intel processors, improved audio hardware, stowaway stylus
Cons: Fingerprint reader placement is dated
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- Business Insider 16:30June 29, 2020Community college students are disproportionately struggling right now. As one of their professors, here's my advice for faculty on how to best help them.Crystal Cox/Business Insider Elke Weesjes is an adjunct assistant professor in European History at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY and an associate at a mental health practice in New York City where she works with vulnerable populations.
She writes that community college students have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Students may not be forthcoming about the challenges they're facing — like lack of resources, internet access, or difficult financial circumstances.
Professors should use tools that can be easily accessed from smartphones, provide clear and consistent structure, and have firm weekly deadlines.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alice* was anxious about turning in the first draft of her writing assignment. It was six days late and she hated missing deadlines — but it was beyond her control. Earlier that week, the 19-year-old community college freshman from Brooklyn had been forced to move into a shelter because of an increasingly unstable home situation due to domestic violence. There was no internet service at the shelter and she couldn't go to a friend's house or the college library because of the shelter-in-place order. She eventually managed to catch up on her work at a relative's home, turned in her final draft — an outstanding essay about the experiences of a Jewish family in Paris during the Holocaust — and passed the course.
Alice's situation may seem exceptional. It isn't. In fact, unstable living conditions are one of many chronic crises low-income community college students face. Others include higher exposure to violence and racism, poor health due to limited access to preventative healthcare, personal, or familial immigration issues, and a myriad of other socioeconomic disadvantages. They have many responsibilities, ranging from working full-time jobs to caring for children, siblings, or parents. Many are first generation students, members of minority groups, and non-native English speakers. While some of these challenges and crises are visible to professors, others remain outside their periphery.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreakSee Also:Let's not make ageist correlations between age and business success or failure — doing so is not just ethically challenging, it's factually incorrectHow to have an effective telehealth visit, according to 2 doctorsEcon 101 teaches us that people are selfish and ruthless — but they only act that way because they're taught to believe itSEE ALSO: I'm a sociologist who studies how police use data. Relying on algorithms can further bias and inequality — but it doesn't have to be that way.
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The following is his recent blog post, republished with permission. It originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice."
Galloway expresses his frustration with US universities that are planning to reopen for in-person classes this fall, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He says that safe social distancing will be impossible on most college campus, and especially difficult to enforce for young students.
Having in-person classes will also put countless older professors and senior university faculty members at risk of infection, says Galloway.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US university presidents and chancellors, enough already.
It's time to end the consensual hallucination between university leadership, parents, and students that in-person classes will resume in the fall. The bold statements from presidents and provosts are symptomatic of the viruses that also plague American leadership and business: exceptionalism that has morphed into arrogance and an idolatry of money that supplants regard for the commonwealth.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus mythsSee Also:5 things you should do right now to fight the coronavirus surge, according to 2 scientistsA day in the life of a COVID-19 tester in South Carolina, where new cases surged to a record-breaking daily high this weekI went through infertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and miscarriage all while trying to be a 'good male CEO.' It was years before I realized how delusional I was.SEE ALSO: SCOTT GALLOWAY: Our young people are addicted to screens — and online trading platforms may be the next menace preying on them
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- Business Insider 17:02June 25, 20203 smart ways to make the most of a gap year and boost your college and career prospectsGetty Images Many college-bound students will be considering taking a gap year this year in light of virtual learning in the fall.
Experts agreed that if you really want to have a successful gap year that boosts your resume and admission into top schools, you need to set clear goals about what you'd like to accomplish.
Consider getting work experience, volunteering, studying, teaching yourself new skills, or launching a business during this time.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. College-bound high school graduates have a big choice to make: They have to decide whether to take a gap year in the middle of a pandemic or attend college as planned, even if it means attending virtually.
Under normal circumstances, some students would take off a year between high school and college to gain life experiences that would improve the story they would eventually share with both admissions committees and potential employers. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quicklySee Also:A marketing associate who was laid off from his job 2 months after he started shares how he's built up 4 side gigs that are putting him on track to make over $100,000 this yearA California chef just signed the lease on his first restaurant during a pandemic — here's why he has no doubts about the decisionI'm lucky I decided not to take a gap year in 2008. Here's my advice for students considering taking one in 2020.SEE ALSO: Experts predict MBA programs post-COVID-19 will invest in more advanced virtual learning and courses on leading during crises — and experience a drop in international applicants
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- Business Insider 16:15June 24, 2020I'm lucky I decided not to take a gap year in 2008. Here's my advice for students considering taking one in 2020.Courtesy of Cheryl Rodewig Cheryl Rodewig is a travel writer and digital marketing strategist.
She graduated from college a year early in May 2007 and was considering taking a gap year to travel, but soon decided against it and found a job.
When the financial crisis hit a year later, Rodewig saw many of her fellow graduates struggling to find work, and realized how lucky she'd been to not put off beginning her career.
If you're considering taking a gap year after high school or college due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rodewig recommends doing a 'worst-case scenario analysis,' and finding a way to make and save money.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You never know what small decisions will have a lasting impact on your life.
I finished college a year ahead of my classmates. Thanks to a few summer courses and a couple credits from high school, I was able to move my graduation date up from May 2008 to May 2007. I figured an early graduation would allow me to start my career that much sooner, although I had only the haziest idea what that career might be. It would also give me time to travel.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yetSee Also:The best way to teach yourself to code and land a 6-figure job, from 5 people who've done itHow a tech recruiting platform used by Amazon and PayPal is tackling bias in the hiring process by eliminating the need for resumes and cover lettersWhat your rights are at work when it comes to getting involved in social or political activismSEE ALSO: I quit my job, sold my house, and had just started traveling the world when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Here's how I'm rebuilding my life under quarantine.
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