The Olympics are now over, but one more Tiger managed to take home a medal: Diana Matheson ’08, who scored Canada’s only goal in the bronze medal women’s soccer match against France for a 1-0 shutout win.
That means Princeton had seven medalists, which, as @PrincetonBetch points out, beats the country that invented the Olympics.
We were slightly less successful in the other Olympics – ahem, Alumpics – taking silver behind Dartmouth (really? Dartmouth?!), with Cornell solidly in third. In case you missed it, this was the Ivy League photo-liking competition – the more people that “liked” a school’s photo on Facebook, the better that school does in the rankings. Dartmouth, Princeton and Columbia were the only schools to actually get any points, and Dartmouth’s overwhelming victory seems to suggest that perhaps no one else really cared, but if nothing else the photos will satisfy some of the summertime Orange Bubble withdrawal.
Moving past the Olympics, we put in a pretty good performance in Newsweek’s college rankings:
- Princeton is #2 for “Most Affordable.” MIT tops the list, despite having a slightly higher price tag and higher average debt at graduation. They get an edge on the higher percentage of undergrads receiving aid – 88% vs 60%, but also have a slightly lower average grant. And while they beat us on median starting salary (69,700 vs 56,900) we’ll get them in the long run – by midcareer, it’s 115,000 vs 130,000.
- We’re also the 6th “Most Rigorous,” beating Harvard (#17) and Yale (#7)…
- …but are absent from the “Most Stressed” list, so apparently we take all the work in stride.
- On the whole, you think that would make us a pretty satisfied bunch, but we failed to make the “Happiest Schools” list at all.
Our advice? You’re in. Don’t waste another second of your valuable life stressing about what Newsweek or US News & World Report thinks about your college choice.
Forbes, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. By all means, shout that #1 out as scientific fact to anyone who will listen to you. Who cares if our football team is expected to come in dead last, yet again, in a conference not exactly known for its prowess with the pigskin?
In other news…
Welcome to 2008, Princeton: we finally have Gmail. 2016-ers, you will never fully appreciate the pain you have been spared.
I was one of the people who got to test it last semester, so ordinarily I’d post some kind of review. Except it’s Gmail, which most of you probably already use, and the single best thing I can say about it is that it works exactly like the original we know and love. If any upperclassmen are actually still using the prehistoric existing Webmail client, prepare to be awed.