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Vandals just decimated Burning Man's 'fancy camp' founded by the son of a Russian billionaire


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One of Burning Man's luxury camps was ransacked by vandals on Wednesday night, according to a post on the camp's Facebook page.

The White Ocean camp hosts dozens of free techno-music concerts at its stage on the outskirts of the playa, while also providing lodging and food for its star-studded lineup of DJs.

Sometime during or after the group's famous "white party," where ravers dress in all white, vandals entered the camp. They allegedly pulled and cut electric lines, causing food to spoil, stole personal belongings, glued trailer doors shut, and flooded the camp with 200 gallons of potable water, the Facebook post from Thursday reported.

"We have felt like we've been sabotaged from every angle, but last night's chain of events, while we were all out enjoying our beautiful home, was an absolute and definitive confirmation that some feel we are not deserving of Burning Man," the post read.

I live for the nights that I don't remember with the people that I won't forget... #BM2016 #whiteocean

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White Ocean was founded in 2013 by DJ Paul Oakenfold and funded by entrepreneurs Timur Sardarov (the son of Russian billionaire and oil magnate Rashid Sardarov) and Oliver Ripley. The pair also launched a New York-based private holding company called Ocean Group.

The camp has drawn criticism over the years for engaging in behavior counter to the "self-reliance" spirit of Burning Man. It's considered a "plug-and-play" camp, where burners from London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco drop in and enjoy luxury accommodations, rather than rough it in a tent on the desert floor.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports that hired help assist the camp with production and concierge services around the cafeteria and lounge space.

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White Ocean wrote on Facebook that after notifying Burning Man organizers of the incident, they were told, "it makes sense that you have been sabotaged as you are a closed camp and not welcoming." Burning Man has a contentious relationship with these plug-and-play camps, as they create an unwanted atmosphere of exclusivity, while also bringing top artists to the desert.

The music-lovers over at White Ocean don't see it that way.

"We provide one of the most state of the art stages on the playa and feed hundreds of non white ocean [sic] burners a day. Does this qualify as a non welcoming camp with no contribution to Burning Man?" Thursday's post read.

The group has contacted local authorities to investigate.

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7 morning rituals that are hard to adopt but will pay off forever


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The early birds will inherit the earth.

At least, that's what a 2009 University of Leipzig study found. The researchers concluded that "morning people were more proactive than evening types."

However, being an effective early riser isn't just about waking up before everyone else. It's about putting yourself in a positive mindset and getting important things done before everyone else.

So there's no point in setting your alarm clock at a crazy early time if you're just going to zone out in front of the television for a bit before slouching off to work.

In order to to start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.

Here are seven morning rituals that may seem hard to adopt, but will ultimately reap major rewards, if you stick with them:

Jenna Goudreau contributed to a previous version of this article.

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Make a plan the night before

This isn't a morning ritual, per se, but it's a habit that's definitely conducive to a productive morning routine.

So make sure to set yourself up for a successful morning by creating a game plan the night before.

It's always helpful to have everything you need for the day laid out and ready to go when you wake up. Make sure you're stocked on whatever you need for breakfast. Write out a little schedule on what you need to accomplish the next day.

This all sounds pretty simple, but when you're getting home at night, it's very tempting to just crash on the sofa with a glass of wine and leave all the thinking for tomorrow.

Wake up painfully early

Sorry, night owls. It's time to adapt.

In a poll of 20 executives cited by Laura Vanderkam, a time-management expert and the author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast," 90% said they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, for example, wakes at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m. Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger gets up at 4:30 to read, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is up at 5:30 to jog.

Yes, this might sound awful, but if you get to sleep earlier, that'll numb the pain of such early wake ups over time.

The bottom line: Productive mornings start with early wake-up calls.

Start the day right with exercise

Yeah, there are those super humans among us who crave that pre-sunrise workout (or are they just really good liars). Still, for everyone else, waking up at the crack of dawn to sweat and get sore probably doesn't sound ideal.

However, the morning is probably the ideal time to exercise. By starting your day with exercise, you'll prevent yourself from putting it off.

Think about it this way — if some of the busiest people in the world can find time to workout, so can you. For example, Vanderkam notes that Xerox CEO Ursula Burns schedules an hour-long personal training session at 6 a.m. twice a week.

US President Barack Obama starts out each day with strength and cardio training while Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey does three repetitions of a seven-minute workout, as Anisa Purbasari reported for Business Insider.

"These are incredibly busy people," says Vanderkam. "If they make time to exercise, it must be important."

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A woman who's visited more than 50 countries gives her best travel advice


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Since 2009, Jennifer Dombrowski has visited more than 50 countries.

She had been living and working in Arizona when her husband got transferred through his military job to a small town in northern Italy.

For their first six years abroad, she worked remotely for an American university as a social-media manager, and her husband, Tim Davis, continued in the military.

They maintained a hobby blog to detail their travels for friends and family back at home, and about a year ago, Dombrowski left her job to devote herself to the blog full time. She's turning it into a luxury-travel business, Luxe Adventure Traveler, and Davis will join her full-time when he retires from the military in three years.

The first weekend they arrived in Italy, they visited three countries. Davis's schedule was restrictive, but Dombrowski had seven weeks of vacation working for a university, and she was determined to maximize every minute. Instead of spending quiet weekends or breaks at home, "we would make sure we always planned to have something going on during those times," she told Business Insider. "Having the weekend and being in Europe, you could go so many places just driving or taking a cheap budget flight."

More than 50 countries and about seven years later, Dombrowski shared her best travel advice:

1. Take care of the logistics

"Always, especially when you're planning an international trip, ensure that you've got all your ducks in order," she said. "If the country you're visiting says you need four consecutive empty pages in your passport, makes sure you do. We've had friends that have been denied entry for things like that." She recommends travel.state.gov to find out what you need.

2. Decide on your priorities before you arrive

"When you're deciding to go on a trip, it's probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip," she said. "Even if you take a trip once every year, that's a place you're going to go and not come back to. So if it means not going to Starbucks for your morning coffee for a few months to save for that one item you really want to splurge on while you're there, that's what you do. Don't go and regret not doing something when you get home. There are things you can do in your daily life to save up for those luxury expenses. Just don't miss out on those things because they seem out of reach."

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These photos from Burning Man take you deep inside the madness


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Burning Man celebrates its 30th anniversary this year in the most Burning Man-way possible, with mind-bending art installations, techno-music, pyrotechnics, and naked people.

Over 70,000 "burners" descended on Black Rock Desert, Nevada, this week to sweat, dance, and find themselves at the annual counterculture gathering. It's become a go-to destination for celebrities and the Silicon Valley elite.

If you've never been, check out these Instagram images to see what it's like.

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Every inch of the playa presents an opportunity for a new profile picture.

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Some burners danced from dusk until dawn.

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The 50 best colleges in America


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What makes a college great? They provide a quality education and graduate students on time, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.

Business Insider's 2016 ranking uses a formula that relies very little on glamour statistics, like reputation and selectivity, that are featured in many college rankings. Instead, we primarily leaned on data available from the government, weighting early-career earnings and graduation rate the highest.

College years are formative for young adults, so we also gave significant credit to schools that provide a top-notch student-life experience, as measured by Niche, a company that compiles research on schools. Niche assessed the social and community life of universities and provided letter grades based on metrics like campus quality, diversity, party scene, student retention, safety, and athletics.

Other factors that counted for less and rounded out each school's score: full-time retention rate, average annual cost (after accounting for scholarships and financial aid), average SAT score of incoming students, and admittance rate. Read more about our methodology

Read on to see the full list of the best colleges in the US.

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50. Babson College

Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $85,500

Average SAT score: 1258

Student life score: B+

A leader in entrepreneurial education, Babson College equips students with the skills to innovate, experiment, and lead in the business world and beyond. The private college has produced numerous successful entrepreneurs in its nearly 100-year history, including Arthur Blank, the cofounder and former president of Home Depot who is the eponym of the college's on-campus entrepreneurship hub.

49. Hamilton College

Location: Clinton, New York

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $57,300

Average SAT score: 1384

Student life score: A

Hamilton College takes its name from founding father Alexander Hamilton, who served as one of the school's original trustees in 1793 when he was the US secretary of the Treasury. More than 200 years later, Hamilton is still going strong: One year after graduation, at least 91% of the class of 2014 had secured a full-time job or internship or were enrolled in graduate school. For those who entered the workforce, employers included companies such as General Electric, Amazon, and The New York Times.

48. George Washington University

Location: Washington, D.C.

Median salary 10 years after enrolling:$64,500

Average SAT score: 1297

Student life score: A

Located right in the US capital, George Washington University offers more than 2,000 undergraduate courses and more than 70 majors. More than 1,400 students choose to study abroad each year at GW's study centers and partner institutions in more than 40 countries. The school also has some distinguished alumni— former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and actress Kerry Washington all attended the university.

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A coffee shortage is looming — here's how soon it could be extinct



Coffee is more than just the crucial beverage that makes it easier to face the workday. It provides comfort, culture, and is an essential source of the caffeine that Harvard neuroscientist Charles Czeisler says makes modern life possible

But the global coffee supply is currently at risk, with shortages already starting to affect the world.

A full half of the world's area that's deemed suitable for growing coffee will be lost by 2050 if climate change remains unchecked, according to a new report from The Climate Institute of Australia.

By 2080, the report estimates that wild coffee (which helps us find genetic varietals that might be more resistant to climate stress) could go extinct.

Coffee shortages that make it harder to get good coffee and that hurt the livelihoods of 25 million coffee farmers around the globe are already having an effect, and it's not just environmental research groups that are concerned about future access to coffee. Advisors for corporate giants like Starbucks and Lavazza agree.

"We have a cloud hovering over our head. It’s dramatically serious," Mario Cerutti, Green Coffee and Corporate Relations Partner at Lavazza, said at a hospitality conference in Italy in 2015.

"Climate change can have a significant adverse effect in the short term," he said. "It's no longer about the future; it's the present."

What's happening to coffee?

People drink more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee each and every day. The coffee industry is a major one, producing the second most valuable export for developing countries. But the better and more commonly grown type of coffee, Coffea Arabica, can only thrive in very specific conditions. For now, that means tropical highlands around the globe, from Central America and Brazil to Indonesia, Vietnam, and East Africa, its place of origin.

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But a warming world and extreme weather, including both heavy rains and drought, are making it harder to grow coffee in these regions, according to the report. Temperature and heavy rain have helped a fungus called Coffee Leaf Rust spread through Central America and into South America, destroying crops. Pests like the Coffee Berry Borer are spreading for the same reasons. Drought in Brazil cut coffee production by around 30% in 2014 in Minas Gerais, a major coffee region.

Even a half a degree of temperature change can make a region that used to be a coffee gold mine unsuitable. Moving production to higher altitudes is not always feasible and can be especially difficult for the small farmers that make up 80-90% of coffee growers.

By 2050, half of currently suitable land will no longer be suitable, unless the world can limit warming to the 1.5-2 degree Celsius rise that was set as a goal at the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement, and really, even 1.5 degrees is pushing it for most farmers.

It's not a completely hopeless scenario — cutting emissions and limiting warming to 1.5 degrees would make a big difference, both for individual coffee lovers and for the 120 million people who make a living from the coffee supply chain. Buying coffee from groups that provide fair incomes to farmers can help those communities adapt.

But this is a serious situation and one worth paying attention to now, before problems get worse down the line.

As Starbucks sustainability director Jim Hanna told The Guardian in 2011 — five years ago — it's urgent.

"If we sit by and wait until the impacts of climate change are so severe that is impacting our supply chain then that puts us at a greater risk," he said. "From a business perspective we really need to address this now, and to look five, 10, and 20 years down the road."

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The 25 best private colleges in America


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Business Insider recently released its annual list of the best colleges in America, which emphasized schools with high graduation rates, early-career earnings, and top-notch student life experiences. 

The ranking also took into account the annual net cost of each school — the average cost of tuition for all students that applied for financial aid, after accounting for the amount of financial aid received — according to the US government's College Scorecard.

Private colleges dominated the list, with 42 of the top 50 spots. While private schools typically have higher tuition, they also tend to award generous financial aid to students, effectively trimming annual net cost for students, leading to a higher ranking on the overall list.

Here are the top-25 best private colleges in America.

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25. Dartmouth College

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $67,100

Average SAT score: 1446

Student life score: A-

Annual net cost: $29,597

Dartmouth encourages students to pursue a globally focused education, and the school's flexible calendar— made up of four 10-week terms — lets students decide which seasons to spend on campus and which to take off to travel, volunteer, complete an internship, or conduct research. TheOffice of Undergraduate Research connects students with faculty mentors, helping any undergraduate interested in research find a project to pursue.

24. Claremont McKenna College

Location: Claremont, California

Median salary 10 years after enrolling:$63,600

Average SAT score: 1397

Student life grade: A

Annual net cost: $22,957

Just an hour away from Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna College belongs to the Claremont College Consortium, which allows students to attend small, close-knit classes while also having the option to take courses across seven colleges. CMC offers more than 30 majors and 10 sequences— a group of courses on a subject but not a full major. Its graduates go on to graduate school at top-tier universities such as Columbia, Harvard, the University of Chicago, and Yale.

23. Tufts University

Location: Medford, Massachusetts

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $67,800

Average SAT score: 1428

Student life score: A

Annual net cost: $29,271

Tufts University is made up of three undergraduate schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Students have the option to choose from about 150 majors and minors and participate in one or more of Tuft's 341 student organizations. In the Experimental College, students go beyond the typical classroom environment, taking courses such as "Circus and Society" or "American Witches."

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How making a bold comment to his boss helped this startup CEO land his first investment-banking job


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When Rob Wiesenthal — the cofounder and CEO of on-demand-helicopter startup Blade — was a young college student, he didn't have quite the same suave, business-savvy attitude that he has today.

That said, he still had the same determination and drive that's constantly pushed him to take risks toward success. Wiesenthal recently told Business Insider one story that's a perfect example of that attitude.

As a summer intern in the IT department at First Boston, which would later become Credit Suisse, Wiesenthal was still figuring out his career path and debating if he wanted to go into investment banking.

One morning, legendary investment-banking mogul Bruce Wasserstein — who was also Wiesenthal's indirect boss — called Wiesenthal into his office because his printer was having issues. 

The two got to talking, and Wasserstein asked him, "If you're interested in investment banking, why aren't you a summer analyst?" to which Wiesenthal responded, "Well my dad's not the CFO of Occidental Petroleum, and he's not the CEO of Proctor & Gamble, and you give all those jobs to the kids of clients."

While the bold statement surprised and slightly angered Wasserstein, it also made him take action. The next day he offered Wiesenthal a position as a summer analyst, the position that kick-started Wiesenthal's entire career.

He was hired full-time after college, then worked his way up the ranks to become the head of entertainment and digital media under Frank Quattrone in 1999. He would later move on to C-suite roles with Sony and Warner Music Group before leaving to found Blade.

"If I didn't go in and fix Bruce Wasserstein's printer that day, this whole career trajectory wouldn't have happened," he said. "It's so bizarre. That conversation could have gone a very different way."

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A high-powered CEO created an invitation-only fitness club for motivated professionals


Strauss Zelnick, a 59-year-old media mogul, treats his fitness regimen with the same level of priority as he would a business meeting or time with his family. He shares his intense dedication to working out with members of #TheProgram, which is a group-fitness club that Zelnick founded in 2015.

Zelnick founded the private-equity firm Zelnick Media Capital and serves as CEO of ZMC's largest asset: video-game developer Take-Two Interactive, which is responsible for such blockbuster hits as the "Grand Theft Auto" series, "Max Payne," and "WWE 2K."

#TheProgram meets four times a week for a variety of intense early-morning workouts. Zelnick invited Business Insider for a look into just a small part of the weekly fitness regimen that keeps the media mogul in top physical condition.

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The 14 best colleges where graduates earn high salaries right away


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Finding a high-paying job right out of school is the dream for most college graduates. One that pays a healthy, competitive salary? That's icing on the cake. 

Luckily, there are a number of colleges in the US where graduates are pulling in high salaries early in their careers. 

Business Insider recently released it annual list of the best colleges in America, which focused on graduation rate, post-graduation salary, and overall student life experience. (Read more about our methodology here.) 

To find out where graduates earn the most early in their career, we looked at data from the Department of Education's College Scorecard and used the median salary of graduates six years after enrolling — two years after graduation, for most. Business Insider expanded its scope to include the top 100 colleges from our ranking, highlighting 14 schools where students earn at least $60,000 a year. 

Read on to find out the 14 colleges where students earn the most early in their career.

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14. Yale University

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Median salary six years after enrolling: $60,200

The second-oldest Ivy League school, Yale aims to provide students with a strong liberal-arts education. Its undergraduate college puts an emphasis on four areas— arts, sciences, international studies, and writing — and offers more than 70 majors, including astronomy, theater studies, and economics. It's also one of the hardest schools to get into, with an acceptance rate of just 6%.

13. Johns Hopkins University

Location: Baltimore

Median salary six years after enrolling:$60,500

Considered by US News & World Report to be one of the top medical research schools in the US, Johns Hopkins University offers 51 majors and 44 minors to its undergraduate students, including dance, economics, and philosophy. JHU doesn't have a core curriculum, allowing students to dive straight into their academic interests. Some of its best-known alumni include President Woodrow Wilson, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and film director Wes Craven.

12. Babson College

Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts

Median salary six years after enrolling: $61,700

A leader in entrepreneurial education, Babson College equips students with the skills to innovate, experiment, and lead in the business world and beyond. The private college has produced numerous successful entrepreneurs in its nearly 100-year history, including Arthur Blank, the cofounder and former president of Home Depot who is the eponym of the college's on-campus entrepreneurship hub.

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How to pair your cooking with your guests' favorite wines, according to a top winery chef


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As the executive winery chef at Napa Valley's Silver Oak Cellars, Dominic Orsini certainly knows a thing or two about wines and how their flavors interact with food.

Silver Oak is one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley. Family-owned since 1972, it was the first winery to earn LEED Platinum certification and is the only one in North America to have its own barrel-making facility. High-profile fans include Lebron James, Matthew McConaughey, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, and Drew Barrymore.

A Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, Orsini will release a cookbook highlighting his techniques in October. In the book, he outlines what types of foods are ideal to cook when a high-quality wine is the star of the meal.

"Silver Oak Cookbook: Life in a Cabernet Kitchen" is available for preorder on the winery's web site, but Orsini gave us a sneak peek at some of his tips here. What follows are a set of guidelines for meals you can cook when you have guests that are partial to certain types of wines.

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If they love cabernet:

The common instinct is to pair a red wine with red meat, and red meat only, but Orsini says you can think more broadly than that.

"For cabernets, you need an appropriately weighted protein, and that doesn't just need to be steak," he said. "A big trend is pairing bold reds with fish from salmon to sturgeon, as long as you balance with extra protein, be it mushroom, eggplant, beets, or even nuts. Don't forget to finish with a little bit of salt and acidity."

If they love sauvignon blanc:

Orsini also encourages chefs to think outside the box with white wines.

"The old adage is that you should pair white meat with white wine and red meat with red wine, but you can really pull off an impressive sauvignon blanc/red meat pairing if you balance the recipe with bridge ingredients like peppers, curry, cheese or capers," he said. "Beef carpaccio with arugula will surprise and delight your guests. And instead of a heavy, starchy side like potatoes that is usually served with steak, accompany with a lighter side like sale salad coleslaw or avocado to complete the dish."

If they love merlot:

"A great merlot has medium-full body style with soft silky tannins and smooth mid-palate texture. Most people reach for the obvious Mediterranean pairing here, but this is an opportunity to think across cultures with your pairings," Orsini said.

"Because of these softer tannins, merlot is right at home with a whole range of cuisines, from tomato-based Italian cuisine, to sweet & sour-style Chinese and even complex spice-driven Indian cuisine."


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The 14 best public colleges in America


University of Michigan

There's a lot of debate about the pros and cons of private versus public colleges. But when you get down to the numbers, many great schools exist both categories.

Business Insider recently released its annual list of the 50 best colleges in America, which emphasized schools with high graduation rates, early-career earnings, and top-notch student life experiences.

The ranking also took into account the annual net cost of each school — the average cost of tuition for all students that applied for financial aid, after accounting for the amount of financial aid received — according to the US government's College Scorecard. (Read more about the methodology here.)

Business Insider expanded its scope to the top 100 schools and then filtered the ranking to highlight the best public institutions in the country — many of which provide an excellent education at a very low net cost.

The University of Virginia topped the list, earning a top 10 spot on the main ranking as well. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and University of California at Berkeley rounded out the top three.

Read on to check out the full list of the 14 best public colleges in America.

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14. College of William and Mary

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $56,400

Average SAT score: 1358

Student life score: B+

Annual net cost: $24,377

Chartered by King William III and Queen Mary II of England in 1693, the College of William and Mary stands as the second-oldest college in America, behind Harvard. The school welcomes students from all over the world, including 49 US states and 68 different countries. Students end up exploring the world as well: Nearly 50% study abroad during their tenure at the school.

13. University of California at Santa Barbara

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $52,000

Average SAT score: 1212

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $14,142

UC Santa Barbara is a global leader in science research and home to a well-established environmental-studies program that’s had profound impact on the local, state, and national levels. Located on a 1,000-acre stretch of central California coast and serving about 19,360 undergraduate students, UCSB’s campus is the site of eight National Science Foundation-sponsored institutes, including the Southern California Earthquake Center and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

12. University of Delaware

Location: Newark, Delaware

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $54,300

Average SAT score: 1178

Student life score: A

Annual net cost: $15,998

Located between New York City and Washington, DC, University of Delaware is a place for students who want to experience a little bit of everything. The research-focused university was the first to launch a study-abroad program when a group of UDel students set sail for France in 1923, and now over 30% of UDel students study abroad every year.

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