Top Medical Assistant Degrees

Medical assistants perform a wide array of administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of healthcare professionals. Medical assistants are expected to take patient history and check vital signs, administer medications as supervised by physicians, schedule medical appointments, assist physician in performing examinations and prepare specimens for laboratory tests.

With the advent of modern technology, the use of electronic health records (HER), the medical assistant’s job is taken into a new level. Since an increasing number of physicians are moving their client’s database online, medical assistants need to know how to work on these electronic records. Since medical assistants have direct access to patient records, they should keep the clients’ information confidential.

Most of medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, while other work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay of medical assistants in May 2010 was $28,860. The top 10 percent medical assistant earners can earn up to $40,190. Most medical assistants work full-time.
The demand for medical assistants is expected to increase by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020. With the shift of healthcare to outpatient services, more physicians are opening their own clinics and are in need of more medical assistants.

Becoming a medical assistant does not require a formal education. However, employers prefer those who graduate on a diploma or associate degree program that can be obtained from community colleges, technical schools, vocational schools and universities. Some schools even allow distance learning options for these programs.
There are four types of certification that can be acquired by medical assistants, these are: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from the American Medical Technologists, National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association.

Here are a few of the top schools for students looking to become medical assistants:

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College offers a Medical Assisting diploma program that can be completed within three semesters (1 year). However, students are also given the choice to study part-time wherein they can complete the program within two years. Students undergo externships every semester to gain more experience in practicing as a medical assistant. This program is offered in their Medical Center Campus while the clinical sites are throughout the Dade County.

Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster Career School offers an associate degree program in Medical Assisting. The said program is accredited by the Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and graduate of this program are eligible to take the RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) and CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) examinations. This program can be offered online.

Mountain State University

Mountain State University offers an A.S. program in Medical Assisting with 66 credits. This program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and graduates are eligible to complete the Medical Assisting Certification Exam. MSU ranks number 5 in The Best Colleges’ Top 10 Ranked Online Medical Assistants Schools for 2013 and number 4 in The Best Medical Assistant Programs in West Virginia by

Herzing University

Herzing University offers a 48 credit diploma program that can be completed within twelve to twenty months and a 65 credit associate program. The programs can be offered through online classes. These programs are accredited by the accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants

St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants offer learning programs that are affordable and can be done completely online. The certificate program offered in St. Augustine is accredited by the National accreditation and certification board.

Teaching America: A Glimpse at the Teaching Profession {infographic}

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The average day of a public school teacher doesn’t end when the bell rings and the students are gone. Class preparation, grading, bus duty, club advising, coaching and other non-instructional activities are often left out of the discussion on teacher compensation.

3.7 million: number of full-time elementary and secondary school teachers. 1

(project for Fall 2011)

3.3 million public school teachers.
0.4 million private school teachers.

7: percentage of increase in teachers between 2001 and 2011.

SALARY – Average Annual Contract Salary:2

$49,482: (before deductions, for all teachers for the school year 2005-2006, not including supplemental pay for extra duties).
By Gender3:
$50,505: male teachers
$48,998: female teachers

By Education 4:
$44,138: Bachelor’s degree or less
$52,710: Master’s degree or higher

By Region 5:
$57,936: Northeast
$41,597: Southeast
$49,082: Middle
$48,746: West

Global Stats 6:

The U.S. ranks 12th out of 37 countries in teacher salaries

Average Starting Salary – How Do Teachers Stack Up 7?

$30,377: teachers

$43,635: computer programmers

$44,668: public accounting professionals

$45,570: registered nurses


Most teachers spend summers:

Working second jobs
Teaching summer school
Taking classes for certification renewal/career advancement at their own expense. (Most full-time employees in the private sector receive training on company time at company expense.)

DEMOGRAPHICS (most recent data from 2006) 9:


30: percentage of all teachers who are male

70: percentage of all teachers who are female


46: average age for all teachers

44: average age for male teachers

46: average age for female teachers

10: percentage of teachers under 30

21: percentage of teachers 30-39

27: percentage of teachers 40-49

42: percentage of teachers 50+

WORKING HOURS (most recent data from 2006) 10:

7 hours, 24 minutes: average length of the required school day for all teachers (instructional)

37 hours: average school workweek for all teachers (instructional)

Instructional Hours:

10: percentage of teachers that work less than 35 hours per week

68: percentage of teachers that work 35-40 hours per week

22: percentage of teachers that work 40+ hours per week

Working 40+ hours – Influencing Factors 11:

School system size (number of students)
22% of teachers working in large systems (25,000+ students)
19% of teachers working in medium systems (3,000 to 25,000 students)
28% of teachers working in small systems (less than 3,000 students)

Geographic Location
5% of teachers in the Northeast
17% of teachers in the Southeast
26% of teachers in the Middle
37% of teachers in the West

Non-Classroom Hours 12:

10: number of additional hours spent on instruction-related activities such as lesson preparation and paper grading, on average.

9.1: number of additional hours spent on instruction-related activities such as lesson preparation and paper grading by male teachers on average.

9.8: number of additional hours spent on instruction-related activities such as lesson preparation and paper grading by female teachers on average.

Compensated Additional Hours 13:

5.2: number of hours spent on compensated non-instructional activities (coaching, etc) per week, on average.

Non-compensated Additional Hours 14:

3.8: average number of hours spent each week on non-compensated non-instructional activities (bus duty, club advising, etc) by all teachers.

5.1: average number of hours spent each week on non-compensated non-instructional activities (bus duty, club advising, etc) by senior high school teachers.

Total Time Spent on All Teaching Duties 15:

52: mean number of hours spent weekly on all teaching duties.

54: number of hours spent weekly on all teaching duties by senior high school teachers.

6: percentage of teachers that spent 35-39 hours/ week on all teaching duties

19: percentage of teachers that spent 40-44 hours/week on all teaching duties

22: percentage of teachers that spent 45-49 hours/week on all teaching duties

19: percentage of teachers that spent 50-54 hours/ week on all teaching duties

13: percentage of teachers that spent 55-59 hours/ week on all teaching duties

20: percentage of teachers that spent 60+ hours/ week on all teaching duties

CLASS SIZE (most recent data from 2006) 16:

Non-departmentalized Elementary Schools

22: average number of students per class

Departmentalized Secondary or Elementary Schools

29: average number of students per class

Students Taught Per Day Departmentalized Secondary or Elementary Schools

87: average number of students taught per day, per teacher



2 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

3 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

4 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

5 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

6 - Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators



9 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

10 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

11 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

12 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

13 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

14 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

15 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

16 - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.


5 Interesting College Facts for Freshman


The experience of College has its ups and down, but look on the bright side: you’re bound to have fun both during your time at College and afterwards.

1. You’re going to put on weight as a freshman

Depending on the set of statistics you believe, you’re likely going to put on between 5-15 pounds in your freshman year.

Often referred to as the “Freshman 15,” the weight gained is said to be due to less physical activity when you start College (vs High School,) a failure to eat breakfast as a result of sleeping in more often, and excessive consumption of food, particularly at all-you-can-eat establishments.

There’s a simple solution to keeping your weight down: watch what you eat and most importantly keep fit with regular exercise.

2. If you binge drink at College you may be happier and more accepted than others

In no way are we advocating under-age or excessive drinking, but it turns out if you do fancy the odd tipple or 6 you may actually be happier and more accepted by others at College.

The study found:

Those who engaged in binge drinking tend to belong to so-called high-status groups: wealthy, white, male and active in fraternity life. And those who did not belong to the high-status groups could achieve similar levels of social acceptance through the act of binge drinking. In fact, the study results suggest that students engaged in the heavy drinking practice to elevate their social status amongst peers rather than to alleviate depression or anxiety.

Binge drinking was defined as consuming more than four drinks in one occasion for women and more than five drinks for men.

3. You’ll likely party less and study harder

Research has found that college freshman are more studious that their counterparts in the past, and are partying less and studying more.

According to USAToday:

More of them took notes in class, did homework and took more demanding coursework as high school seniors, and fewer said they drank alcohol, partied or showed up late for class.

Those and other trends point toward an entering college freshman class that has a better chance of succeeding academically, say researchers who conducted the survey.

Don’t worry too much though: you can always buck the trend!

 4. More people will smoke pot in your freshman year than smoke cigarettes

Not only has pot become legal in two states, marijuana smoking is more popular among High School Seniors now than is cigarette smoking.

According to a survey released in 2012, 36.4% of 12th graders users marijuana in the past year, vs 18.7% in the last month for cigarettes.

According to the CSMonitor:

The reason why marijuana is becoming so popular is that “the perceived risk is down” which creates “the norms against its use to weaken,” says Lloyd Johnson, the survey’s principal investigator at the University of Michigan.

We’re also talking about years of being scared to death by cigarette warnings as well.

5. There will be more women in your freshman year than men

If you’re a male freshman looking for a girlfriend you’re going to have plenty of potential partners as female students outnumber male student on some campuses by a ratio of as high as three-to-one.

The national average is now 57% women, but that doesn’t give a great freshman picture as the number of women undertaking advanced degrees is lower that undergraduate degrees, although is this is changing.

According to a recent projection:

NCES projects that by 2019 women will represent 59 percent of total undergraduate enrollment and 61 percent of total post-baccalaureate enrollment. Since the late 1990s, NCES added, women have accounted for “about three-fourths” of the increase in the number of master’s degrees awarded in the U.S. and “nearly all” of the growth in the number of professional degrees earned.

If you’re a female and freshman the great news is that the your college experience now comes with a whole lot less testosterone.

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10 Humorous Quotes About College

Can humor adequately describe the experience of College?

Here’s 10 well known humerous quotes about College.

mark twain“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

— Mark Twain

“Colleges don’t make fools, they only develop them.”

— George Lorimer

bruce lee“I’m a philosophy major. That means I can think deep thoughts about being unemployed.”

— Bruce Lee

“Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.”

— G. B. Trudeau

woody allen“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.”

— Woody Allen

“If a man is a fool, you don’t train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, ten times more dangerous.”

— Desmond Bagley

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“Colleges don’t make fools, they only develop them.”

— George Lorimer


“Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.”

— A. Lawrence Lowell

bill vaughn“Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man’s lifetime income—which he then spends sending his son to college.”

— Bill Vaughn

“Definition of a College professor: someone who talks in other people’s sleep.”

W. H. Auden




The Young And Influential {infographic}

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With age comes wisdom, but not necessarily success. Let’s look at some of the most influential people in this country under 40.

Mark Zuckerberg
Age: 28
Founder and CEO of Facebook
In less than a decade, Zuckerberg has taken the social network he started in a Harvard dorm to a ubiquitous part of life.
1 billion
Global Facebook users; that’s 1 in 7 people on Earth

Sergey Brin
Age: 39 (turns 40 in August 2013)
Co-founder, Google
Co-founder of a search engine originally called BackRub, half of Google’s leadership team recently turned his attention to the company’s ne pet project, Google Glass, an augmented reality device that users wear on their faces. Brin is worth about $22 billion just over a decade removed from working out of a garage.
Nearly 1 in 2
Internet users who visit Google daily

Marissa Mayer
Age: 37
President and CEO, Yahoo
The 20th Google employee (and its first female engineer) became CEO of Yahoo! in July 2012. Whether the board’s latest move (the company had four CEOs in five years) is paying off remains to be seen, but the company’s stock is steadily rising
June 2012 15.83
July 2012 15.84
August 2012 14.65
September 2012 15.98
October 2012 16.84
November 2012 18.77
December 2012 19.90
January 2013 19.63
February 2013 21.31
March 2013 23.53
April 2013 24.20

Frank Ocean
Age: 25
Ocean started his career in music writing songs for Justin Bieber, Brandy, John Legend and Beyonce. He makes music for himself now, and also makes history, last year revealing attraction to men. He recently was voted the most influential gay man in music in response.

Ben Silbermann
Age: 30
Co-founder and CEO, Pinterest
A site launched in 2010 has grown slowly at first then all at once, exploding from a few thousand users at first to 48 million. That’s nearly 700,000 new users every month.

Jared Polis
Age: 37
U.S. representative, Colorado 2nd District
The Democrat from Boulder was the first openly gay freshman congressman when he took the oath of office in 2009. With public opinion rapidly shifting and many of his fellow members of Congress “evolving” on the issue of marriage equality, Polis is in the center, opposing the Defense of Marriage Act and supporting other measures to extend protections and rights to gays and lesbians.

Perry Chen
Age: 36
Co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter
Charles Adler
Age: 38
Co-founder of Kickstarter
Yancey Strickler
Age: 33
Co-founder of Kickstarter
Kickstarter’s trio of founders are responsible for forming the world’s largest fundraising platform. The success of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter has even had an impact on government, with recent changes in law expanding the power of crowdfunding.
Pebble $10 million+
Ouya $8.5 million
The Veronica Mars movie project $5.1 million
Amanda Palmer album and tour $1.2 million

Brendan Steinhauser
Age: 31
Author, Tea Party organizer
A Texas native, Steinhauser has been a driving force in tea party candidates’ rise to power all over the country. He trains potential volunteers and candidates in social networking, voter outreach and grassroots organizing, a few hallmarks of tea party candidates.
About 1 in 3
Tea party-backed candidates elected in 2010, considered a watershed moment for the movement

Kevin Systrom
Age: 28
Co-founder and CEO, Instagram
More than just a place for people to post pictures of their food, Instagram rapidly became the primary photo sharing service among smartphone users, surging to more than 100 million users just three years after it was founded and being snapped up by Facebook for a cool $1 billion.
40 million
Photos posted or shared per day

Lena Dunham
Age: 26
A divisive figure among TV critics and fans alike, Dunham burst onto the scene in 2012 with her HBO series “Girls.” For her work on “Girls,” Dunham won two Golden Globe awards in 2013 and was named Time Magazine’s Coolest Person of the Year.

Jeff George
Age: 39
Global head of Sandoz
Leading Sandoz, a subsidiary of generics giant Novartis, since 2007, George has helped steer the company into annual sales of $9.5 billion and emergence in generic biologic drugs. It’s estimated Sandoz has 50% market share of generic biologics.

Jimmy Fallon
Age: 39
Comedian, Late-night host, actor
A “Saturday Night Live” alumnus and heartthrob, Fallon has been hosted his own late-night NBC show since 2009, and in 2014, he will take the biggest chair in late night, becoming the host of the “The Tonight Show” when Jay Leno steps down.

Lady Gaga
Age: 27
Singer, musician
Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s 2008 single “Just Dance” helped announce her presence to the music work, garnering critical and commercial acclaim and earning her a Grammy Award nomination. Her fame and influence have grown since then: She boasts more than 30 million followers on Twitter, is an activist for LGBT causes and was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.

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Top Veterinarian Technician Degrees

Veterinarian technicians assist veterinarians in performing their duties. This title is also
popularly referred to as vet tech, paraveterinary worker, veterinary assistant and veterinary technologist. They help animal doctors in various tasks to ensure animal health. Basically, they are what a nurse is to a doctor.

There are various technical aspects in learning veterinary clinical assistance which include venipunture, processing x rays, animal skin scraping, urine collection and performing lab tests, among other tasks. Veterinarian technicians also need to know how to administer animal tests for microbiology, urinalysis, blood chemistry, hermatology and microscopy. They also assist in animal’s physical examination, administer medicine and fluids as prescribed by the veterinarian. They may also perform catheterization and make use of technological equipments for animal monitoring.

A vet tech can earn as much as $44,030 annually. Per hour rate ranges from $10.11 to as much
as $21.17, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Requirements for applying for veterinary technician degree vary from state to state. In most
cases, it requires a student to have completed a two year or a four year college-level education
program. They should also be legally qualified to aide veterinarians in performing medical
procedures. There are certain states that require a license for vet techs to perform their duties
to ensure that they have appropriate knowledge and qualifications but it is not a requirement
in all states.

There are three credentialed veterinary technicians known to signify level of experience or as
mandated by the state where they reside in. These include the following:

CVT- Certified Veterinary Technician
LVT- Licensed Veterinary Technician
RVT- Registered Veterinary Technician

Colleges and universities offering veterinary technician degrees should be duly accredited by
the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It is a non-profit organization that was
designated by the United States Department of Education to accredit educational institutions
that are offering veterinary medicine all throughout the county. This ensures that there is
quality of education and that the schools produce graduates that are competent, skilled and
equipped to respond to the duties of a veterinary technician.

Top Veterinarian Technician Schools

Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing

MSU is one out twenty schools that offers a 4-year Veterinary Technician program. It is fully
accredited by the AVMA and was ranked 71st among the top universities in the country in 2010,

As reported in US News and World Report.

MSU offers the following programs:
• Certificate of Completion in Veterinary Technology
• Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology
• Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology (Lansing Community College)

University of Nebraska (UNL), Lincoln

UNL ranked 101st in the 2013 edition of the Best Colleges and National Universities. UNL’s
School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences offers Bachelor of Science in Veterinary
Technology. Students who have associate’s degree in veterinary technology who wish to
continue their education can enroll in this undergraduate program and earn a bachelor’s
degree after two years.

Lone Star College System’s Tomball College, Texas

Lone Star College offers two AVMA-accredited programs which include 2-year Associate Degree
of Applied Science on Veterinary Technology and Certificate in Veterinary Technology. The
program includes workforce training programs to students. The lecture and laboratory courses
include pharmacology, veterinary terminology, veterinary nutrition, physiology and anatomy,
among others. A clinical practicum is also required to pass the course.

Raymond Walters College (RWC), University of Cincinnati

Raymond Walters College offers Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. From
RWC’s graduates of Veterinary Technology, 100% are placed in various veterinary assistance
jobs in clinics, animal hospitals, zoos and farms. It has an AVMA-accredited program and has an
above average passing rate for the Veterinary Technician National Exam.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University offers distance learning for students who
prefer to pursue their veterinarian technician degree online. It offers Bachelor of Science in
Veterinary Technology with programs approved by AVMA. Students graduating from this online
course were reported to receive a return of investment of 7.4%. The university also offers
financial aid to students who wish to continue their education online.

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The 10 Top Movies Featuring College Life

Before enrolling in College for the first time American’s get mixed messages about what to expect when they get there: there’s the boozy world of the on-campus fraternities which either lead to comedy or drama, there’s the academics who are either falling in love with their students or undergoing a personal crisis, through to some more serious stories about students finding themselves through study and College sport.

There’s probably tidbits of truth across the broad range of College movies, and here’s ten of the top movies featuring College Life.

a beautiful mind10 . A Beautiful Mind 

This 2001 movie staring New Zealand born Russell Crowe tells the story of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economic.

The movie starts with the brilliant, but delusional Nash arriving at Princeton University having been awarded the Carneige Scholarship for mathematics. As the story continues, it features Nash meeting other students and developing friendships along the way. Through his struggles with his growing paranoid schizophrenia, Nash develops his ideas, and is offered a position at MIT.

Without giving away the full story, the movie (which also starred Ed Harris) went on to win the Academy Awards Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, and Best Original Score.

It’s a serious movie on a serious subject; not for everyone but a fascinating and moving story none the less.


revenge of the nerds9. Revenge of the Nerds

This 1984 comedy in centered on the social life of a College campus in an old fashioned tale of jocks vs nerds.

Starring Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards (of ER fame) the movie pits the jocks Alpha Betas and their associated sorority Pi Delta Pis against the freshman dorm that features our so-titled nerds.

The movie progresses with the Nerds seeking their revenge in various different ways.

It hasn’t dated particularly well but still offers some laughs, if you can look past the Hollywood stereotypes portrayed in the film.



8. Road Trip

Todd Pihillip’s 2000 comedy features a rather unexciting cast (the only names I recognize are Sean William Scott and Tom Green) but has become a cult classic at some colleges.

The movie follows a group of college buddies driving across the country trying to beat the postal service.

Josh (Breckin Meyer) recorded a message to his girlfriend Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) who attends a different college across the country because he hadn’t heard from her in awhile. Because he’s a touch paranoid he naturally convinces himself that Tiffany has been cheating and hooks up with Beth (Amy Smart) who tapes their bedroom antics.  The sex tape then “accidentally” gets mailed instead of the intended video. This opens the door to the Road Trip of the films title as Josh heads of with his friends and ends up experiencing a range of mishaps and adventures.


7. Legally Blonde

2001’s Legally Blonde made $141.77 million at the box office on an $18 million budget, and there’s a reason why.

The movie features Reese Witherspoon playing Elle Woods, a high school sorority president who majors in fashion merchandising and is hopelessly in love with her boyfriend Warner, who is off the Harvard Law School the following year.

After concluding that she might lose him if she doesn’t follow him, she takes the Law School Admission Test, applies and is accepted to Harvard.

The story follows her experiences as she encounters hostility from her classmates and develops as a person before an ending we won’t spoil for you here.

It’s a feel good movie that has spawned a sequel and even a Broadway Musical!


back to school6. Back to School

No list of College movies would be complete without throwing in at least one Rodney Dangerfield classic, and we’ve gone with 1986’s Back to School.

The plot is summed up from IMDB as “To help his discouraged son get through college, a fun loving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself” but that doesn’t do it full justice.

This is a Dangerfield movie after all, so you need to add in some stupidity, crude jokes, puns, wink winks and some more on top… it sounds bad and a modern movie couldn’t get away with it but this is the master, America’s (slightly cleaner) version of Benny Hill. You’ll either love him or hate him, but he was good at what he did.

Also featured in Back to School is a young Robert Downey Jr.


old school5. Old School

2003’s Old School isn’t strictly a “College” movie as the plot features around ex students trying to recreate their College days, but it features enough College related material we’ve thrown it in.

Staring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Jeremy Piven as depressed thirty-somethings who seek to re-live their college days by starting a fraternity, and the tribulations they encounter in doing so.

The movie (like most Will Ferrell movies) you’ll either love or hate, but the all star cast does give it that something special. Ideal for both College students and former College students alike who loved/ love their College days.


4. Dead Poets Society

Peter Weir’s 1989 movie Dead Poet’s society bought us the inspirational story of an English teacher who inspires his students through the teaching of poetry.

Starring Robin Williams as teacher John Keating, and with a supporting cast of Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke, the movie takes the viewer through the world of the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in Vermont in 1959.

The movie inspires even years later, and is arguably Robin Williams’ best role on the big screen.

The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Best Direct, Best Actor, and Best Picture, but sadly only picked up Original Screenplay against strong competition.

On a budget of $16.4 million it made $235.86 million at the box office.


van wilder3. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

2002’s National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (know simply as Van Wilder in some markets) is a comedy film starring a rather interesting cast: interesting in that some went on to much bigger and better things…while others didn’t.

The movie started Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Kal Penn and Tim Matheson, and tells the story of a popular kid on campus who meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he’s afraid of graduating.

In traditional National Lampoon style the movie is rich with disgusting pranks, back love story, sex and more. There’s also a sub-plot around Kal Penn which adds a different dimension to the film.

Not for everyone, but it has an audience, and has its moments.


the social network2. The Social Network

The only movie from this decade to be featured in our list, 2010’s the Social Network delivered an amazing film that while not spending its entire time focused on College life, did highlight college life for its opening half.

The movie tells the story of the rise of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) is at Harvard University when he creates an on-campus website called Facemash, a site that allows users to rate the attractiveness of female students.

If you haven’t seen it yet I won’t spoil it, but you’d be living in a cave if you didn’t know how successful Facebook ended up.

There are stand out performances by Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Rooney Mara. Unlike our number one pick this is a movie I’ve watched half a dozen times, and if you haven’t seen it yet I can’t recommend it enough.


animal house1. Animal House

1978’s Animal House isn’t my personal pick, but it constantly rates across dozens of sites as the greatest College life movie ever.

The John Landis directed movie stared the late great John Belushi as John “Bluto” Blutarsky and focuses on the actor’s desire to join a fraternity, and their battles once they do.

Animal House has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, was voted No. 1 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies” and was ranked 36 on the AFI’s “100 years, 100 laughs” list. It has also been named on Empire Magazines top 500 movies of all time.

It cost all of $3 million to make, and made a staggering $141.6 million at the box office.