Author: Elme Rosen

Best Colleges of 2017 so far

U.S. News & World Report Releases 2017 Best Colleges Rankings Princeton, Williams, UC—Berkeley and U.S. Naval Academy take No. 1 spots. Washington, D.C. – Sept. 13, 2016 – U.S. News & World Report today announced the 2017 Best Colleges rankings to help students worldwide compare the academic quality of more than 1,800 U.S.-based schools. Princeton University remains No. 1 in the Best National Universities category. For the 14th consecutive year, Williams College takes the top spot on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list. California schools and military academies make a strong showing on the Top Public Schools lists. University of California—Berkeley is...

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5 Steps To Smarter Student Loan Borrowing

5 Steps To Smarter Student Loan Borrowing Photo Credit: Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg One secret to paying off your student loans faster is to be smarter about how you borrow them. Yes, you can be more strategic about how you borrow your student loans. These 5 tips can help you manage your student loans more efficiently and better prepare you for student loan repayment. Here is what you need to know: 1. Make free money your money Scholarships and grants should be your first choice to finance your education. Sites such as,, Chegg, Scholly and Fastweb include available scholarships that...

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30 Best Paying College Majors: 2017

30 Best Paying College Majors: 2017 ThinkAdvisor whittled down PayScale’s starting salary rankings of 336 majors, which show science and math dominating Any major that’s attached to science or engineering promises to be a boon for graduates entering the job world, according to findings of in its 2016-2017 College Salary Report. Science and math majors dominate the top college starting salaries and mid-career earners, and are largely made up of male graduates. In fact, 80% of those who graduate with the top degree on this list are men, according to PayScale data. Worse yet, only 8% of physics majors and 7%...

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13 Tricks to Make Your Professor Love You

It’s smart to have a good relationship with your teachers. Here’s how to forge that path. Professors are human beings, too, with real human feelings. How your professor feels about you can influence how much time he or she is willing to put in to help you with the course, and even how good a recommendation he or she is willing to write for grad school or a job. Surprisingly enough, only 1 in 100 students thinks about this. Assuming you’re one of the other 99, we offer you our baker’s dozen of tips on how to ingratiate yourself...

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Report: Teacher Pension Promises Not Kept

Though widely regarded as a perk, the report found pensions do little to attract or retain new talent. Teacher reading to class of teenagers. (Getty Images) After graduating from college in 2008, Tamara Hiler spent three years teaching 7th-grade science and health at the Johnnie Cochran Jr. Middle School in Los Angeles, California, as a Teach for America corps member. When she left the teaching profession three years later, Hiler says, she didn’t know that she was not yet vested in the state’s pension plan, which requires teachers to be employed for five years before they’re vested. By leaving after...

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About Me

In 2007 I graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in economics and have since decided to combine my passions for markets and writing into the Higher Self Learning Unlocked blog. Using my expertise, I surface the most successful colleges and expose the least successful. I cover the job markets, the most successful majors, and any incoming big news.