College facts you probably didn’t know

For this post, I wanted to share some interesting facts and at first I thought about finding fun facts about Purdue; however, every Purdue student knows about the underground tunnels, fountain runs, Harry’s doesn’t actually sell chocolate, etc. Of course, we all know just about every unique fact about Purdue, so I thought I would share 12 fun facts about other colleges that you probably didn’t know.

Let’s take a look:

1. The College of Rhode Island was renamed Brown University after Nicholas Brown donated $5,000 to the school in 1804. Doesn’t seem like enough money to get the entire school’s name changed? Well, to put things in perspective, tuition was only five dollars at the time.

2. The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740, which means it existed 47 years before Pennsylvania even became a state. So was the state actually named after the school?

3. The University of Michigan has an officially sanctioned Squirrel Club that feeds peanuts to the squirrels on campus. It has 400 members and counting. We should get that going at Purdue.

4. In 1978, students at Binghamton University built ramps for salamanders because the curbs were too high for them to climb. These ramped saved salamanders from being run over by cars and are still in place today.

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5. Ohio University may be considered the most haunted school in the United States. Students claim they have communicated with spirits. One of their dorm halls has even been featured on the show, “Scariest Places on Earth”.

6. Oberlin College’s Art Museum rents out original paintings from the greats, such as Renoir, Picasso and Pollock, to its students for five dollars a semester. It’s not every day that a college student can say they have a Picasso hanging up in their apartment.

7. Carleton College plays an annual softball game that adds an inning for each year the school has been in existence. The school was founded in 1866, so this year they will play 151 innings.

8.  Carleton College has developed a new ritual called the “Silent Dance Party”. This is where students download the same hour-long playlist, meet at the library at 11pm, and dance to their own beat.

9. Villanova University has a Vatican internship program for which students manage the Pope’s social media accounts. Yes, even the Pope tweets.

10. At the University of Pennsylvania, spectators throw toast onto the football field after the third quarter of each game to “toast” to the team.

11. John Harvard has a statue that was created in 1884; however, no picture of the founder existed and a student actually modeled for the statue.

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12. When the University of New Hampshire’s hockey team scores their first goal, fans throw a fish onto the ice. This doesn’t sound very sanitary.

You can see where I found my facts and even read more fun facts here and here.

I think it’s awesome to have knowledge about all sorts of colleges across the U.S. and I found those facts super interesting. I hope you did too.

P.S. Something else super cool just happened, a New Jersey teen was accepted into all eight of the Ivy League schools. Her name is Ifeoma White-Thorpe and she is from Morris Hills High School. You can read more about her story here. Wondering where she’ll go? She said it depends on which Ivy League will assist her the most financially.


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