Реферат: Колледжи и университеты США
Реферат: Колледжи и университеты США
Реферат: Колледжи и университеты США
A short time after the first colonists came to the territory, which we now
call Massachusetts, the General Court of Massachusetts made the first
contribution for Harvard College. It was in 1636. This school later became the
famous Harvard University. It is the oldest university in the United States. It
was named in honor of John Harvard, who died in 1638. This man left his library
and half of his property to the university. People knew that the future of the
new country depended on education. And after the establishment of Harvard they
began to establish other schools. In 1776 the Americans declared their
independence. By this time nine other institutions were opened. Their present
names and the dates of their opening are:
College of Willian and Mary (1693).
Yale University (1701).
Princeton University (1746).
Washington and Lee University (1749).
Columbia University (1754).
University of Pensilvania (1755).
Brown University (1764).
Rutgers College (1766).
Dartmouth College (1770).
Some of the money for the educational institutions came from the government,
but most of it came from people who felt that by giving their money they were
investing in the new country. People believed that the new country needed
colleges. They voted for their state governments to organize colleges, which
would be supported by taxes. These are called state universities and they arc
playing leading roles in the world of education in America. By 1894 all states
had such universities. The University of Michigan, which first opened as a
school in Detroit in 1817, became a state university in 1837 when Michigan
became a state.
In the early 1800s most people thought that only men should affend college.
But other people fell certain that women too must be educated. Some of them
thought that the best would be to have co-educated colleges. Others thought
that there must be separate colleges for men and women; Oberlin College, which
was founded it 1833 was the first co-educational school. Mount Holyoke was
founded in 1837. It was the first school for women. Other schools for women
are: Vassar (1821), Wells (1868), Wellesley (1871). In 1870 Michigan, Illinois,
Missouri, California began to admit women to state universities. Now all public
universities admit women. Even many private men's colleges are beginning to
admit women. So the ideas about American education are changing.
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that
stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in
1746, and known as the College of New Jersey until 1896, it was British North
America's fourth college. Fully coeducational since 1969, Princeton in the
2002-2003 academic year enrolled 6,632 students -- 4,635 undergraduates and
1,997 graduate students -- with a ratio of full-time students to faculty
members of 5.6 to 1. The University, with more than 12,000 employees, is Mercer
County's largest private employer and plays a major role in the educational,
cultural and economic life of the region.
The College of William and Mary.
The College of William and Mary, one of the nation's premier state-assisted
liberal arts universities, believes that excellence in teaching is the key to
unlocking intellectual and personal possibilities for students. Dedicated to
this philosophy and committed to limited enrollment, the College provides
high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education that prepares
students to make significant contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia
and the nation. In recognition, the media have included William and Mary
among the nation's prestigious "Public Ivys," and ranked it first among state
institutions in terms of commitment to teaching.
Chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II as the
second college in the American colonies. Severed formal ties with Britain in
1776. Became state-supported in 1906 and coeducational in 1918. Achieved
modern university status in 1967. Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's premier
academic honor society, and the honor code system of conduct were founded at
William and Mary.
Located in historic Williamsburg, Va., approximately 150 miles south of
Washington, D.C., midway between Richmond and Norfolk, Va.
Approximately 1,200 acres including picturesque Lake Matoaka and the College
Woods. Adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, the Ancient Campus section is
restored to 18th-century appearance.
569 in arts and sciences, marine science, education, business administration
and law; 93 percent of the faculty teaching undergraduate courses have
attained terminal degrees.
7,500 of whom approximately 5,500 are undergraduates.
Approximately 12 to 1.
Students from 50 states and 75 foreign countries; 79 percent of current
freshmen graduated in top tenth of their class with the middle 50 percent
having total SAT scores ranging from 1240-1400; 28 percent of all students
received need-based financial aid totaling $14 million in 2000-2001.
Tuition and Fees For the 2002-2003 session, total annual cost of tuition, fees,
room and board for in-state undergraduate
students is$10,626; for out-of-state undergraduate students, $24,826. In-state
students in the School of Law pay $11,100 and out-of-state students pay
$21,290. In-state students in the Master's of Business Administration program
pay $9,978 and out-of-state students pay $21,258. In-state graduate students in
the Schools of Marine Science, Education, and Arts and Sciences pay $6,138 and
out-of-state students pay $17,972.
Student Activities Over 250 student-interest groups plus 16 national social
fraternities and 12 sororities; William and Mary Theatre, Concert and Sunday
Series; Choir; Band; Speakers Forum; live entertainment in 10,000-seat W&M
Hall. There are a total of 23 men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams.
Degrees A.B., B.S., B.B.A., M.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.A.C., M.Ed., M.A.Ed.,
Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., LL.M., M.P.P.
Programs of Study American Studies+#, Anthropology+#, Applied Science+#,
Art/Art History, Biochemistry (minor only), Biological Psychology*, Biology+,
Black Studies*, Business Administration+^, Chemistry+, Classical Studies
(Latin, Greek, Hebrew), Computer Science+#, Dance (minor only),Economics,
Education (certification)+#, English, Environmental Science/Studies*, Film
Studies (minor only), Geology, Government, History+#, International Studies
(International Relations and separate concentrations in African, East Asian,
European, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Russian Studies), Kinesiology,
Law^, Linguistics*, Literary and Cultural Studies*, Marine Science+#,
Mathematics+, Medieval and Renaissance Studies*, Military Science, Modern
Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese,
Russian and Spanish), Music, Philosophy, Physics+#, Psychology+#, Public
Policy+, Religion, Sociology, Theatre and Speech, Women's Studies*
*Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
+Master's Degree Program
#Doctoral Degree Program
^Professional Degree Program
Schools Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Law, Marine
Special Opportunities Freshman seminars focusing on specialized topics with a
limited class-size of 17 students. Undergraduate research opportunities.
Community service projects and organizations. Psy.D. degree in Clinical
Psychology in conjuction with Eastern Virginia Medical Authority. Center for
International Studies with Study Abroad programs in Australia, Canada, China,
Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Scotland. Summer
session with graduate offerings on campus. Special institutes and seminars.
Departmental Honors programs. 17 computer labs outfitted with the latest
Pentium PCs. A high-speed fiber-optic network connects all campus buildings,
including residence hall rooms. Foreign language houses. Military Science
Program. Advisory programs in pre-engineering, pre-law and pre-medicine.
Library The Earl Gregg Swem Library contains more than one million volumes
and computer access to many standard computerized data bases. Special
Collections include documents from many historical figures, including the
lifetime papers of U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger.
Computers Seventeen computer labs around campus outfitted with the latest
Pentium PC computers. Campus buildings--including all residence hall rooms -
are tied to a high-speed fiber-optic network, featuring the World Wide Web
and cable television.
Major Buildings Sir Christopher Wren Building (1695), oldest academic
building in the U.S.; President's House (1732); the Brafferton (1723); Phi
Beta Kappa Memorial Hall; William and Mary Hall seating up to 10,000 for
convocations, sports events, cultural programs. Among the College's newest
buildings are the University Center, McGlothlin-Street Hall, the Reves
Center, Plumeri Park and the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. Residential
halls and houses for 4,450 students.
Total--$172 million for 2002-2003
A 17-member Board of Visitors appointed by the Governor of Virginia.
Chancellor: Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
(The former Secretary of State and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973
is 22nd Chancellor of the College)
President: Timothy J. Sullivan '66 (25th President of the College)
Provost: Gillian T. Cell
Vice President for University Development: Dennis Cross
Vice President for Student Affairs: W. Samuel Sadler '64
Vice President for Public Affairs: Stewart H. Gamage '72
Vice President of Finance: Samuel E. Jones '75
Vice President for Administration: Anna Martin
Director of Athletics: Edward C. Driscoll, Jr.
Yale University was founded
in 1701 as the Collegiate School in the home of Abraham Pierson, its first
rector, in Killingworth, Connecticut. In 1716 the school moved to New Haven
and, with generous gift by Elihu Yale of nine bales of goods, 417 books, and a
portrait of King George the first, renamed Yale College in 1718.
Yale embarked on a steady expansion, establishing the Medical Institution
(1810), Divinity School (1822), Law School (1843), Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences (1847), the School of Fine Arts (1869) and School of Music (1894). In
1887 Yale College became Yale University. It continued to add to its academic
offerings with the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (1900),
School of Nursing (1923), School of Drama (1955), School of Architecture
(1972), and School of Management (1974).
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with over 60,000 students on
campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick, is one of the major state
university systems in the nation. The university is made up of twenty-six
degree-granting divisions; twelve undergraduate colleges, eleven graduate
schools, and three schools offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Five are located in Camden, seven in Newark, and fourteen in New Brunswick.
Rutgers has a unique history as a colonial college, a land-grant institution,
and a state university. Chartered in 1766 as Queen's College, the eighth
institution of higher learning to be founded in the colonies before the
revolution, the school opened its doors in New Brunswick in 1771 with one
instructor, one sophomore, and a handful of freshmen. During this early period
the college developed as a classical liberal arts institution. In 1825, the
name of the college was changed to Rutgers to honor a former trustee and
revolutionary war veteran, Colonel Henry Rutgers.
Rutgers College became the land-grant college of New Jersey in 1864,
resulting in the establishment of the Rutgers Scientific
School with departments of agriculture, engineering, and chemistry. Further
expansion in the sciences came with the founding of the New Jersey Agricultural
Experiment Station in 1880, the College of Engineering in 1914, and the College
of Agriculture (now Cook College) in 1921. The precursors to several other
Rutgers divisions were also founded during this period: the College of Pharmacy
in 1892, the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College) in 1918, and
the School of Education (now a graduate school) in 1924.
Founded in 1764, Brown
University was the third college in New England and the seventh in America -
and the only one that welcomed students of all religious persuasions. A
commitment to diversity and intellectual freedom remains a hallmark of the
Established as Rhode Island College in the town of Warren, Rhode Island, the
University moved to its present location on Providence's College Hill in
1770. In 1804, the University was renamed to honor a $5,000 donation from
Providence merchant Nicholas Brown.
Over the years the University grew steadily, adding graduate courses in the
1880s, a women's college in 1889 (renamed Pembroke College in 1928), a graduate
school in 1927, and a
medical education program in 1973 (now the Brown Medical School). The men's and
women's undergraduate colleges merged in 1971.
While facilities and programs expanded, Brown chose to keep its enrollment
relatively small, with an undergraduate student-faculty ratio of about 9 to
1. The main campus covers nearly 140 acres, all of it within a 10-minute walk
of its hub, the College Green. The University is situated on a historic
residential hill overlooking downtown Providence, a city of some 170,000
The University library system contains more than 5 million items, including
bound volumes, periodicals, maps, sheet music, and manuscripts. The number of
items grows by more than 100,000 each year.
The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, known as "the Rock," is Brown's primary
humanities and social-sciences resource center.
The Sciences Library houses the University's collection of science and
medical books and periodicals. Located on the 14th floor is the University's
media services operation.
The John Hay Library houses special collections, including most of the
University's rare books, manuscripts, and archives.
The John Carter Brown Library is an independently administered and funded
center for advanced research in history and the humanities. It houses an
internationally renowned collection of primary sources pertaining to the
Americas before 1825.
Other specialty libraries include the Orwig Music Library (the general music
collection), the Art Slide Library (slides of art and art-related subjects,
including architecture and archaeology), and the Demography Library (a major
resource for population research).
Teaching, research and public service are conducted through a number of
centers and institutes affiliated with the University. They include the
Annenberg Institute for School Reform, the Center for Alcohol and Addiction
Studies, the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, the Population
Studies and Training Center, and the Watson Institute for International
Carrying on an
intercollegiate athletic tradition more than 100 years old, the Brown Bears
compete against the seven other Ivy League schools and against other colleges
and universities at the NCAA Division I level. Brown has one of the nation's
broadest arrays of varsity teams -- 37 in all; 20 for women and 17 for men.
Brown has its share of historic firsts, including the nation's first
intercollegiate men's ice hockey game (defeating Harvard 6-0 on January 19,
1898) and the nation's first women's varsity ice hockey team (organized in
As a member of the Ivy League, Brown awards financial aid on the basis of
need; it does not grant athletic scholarships.
University of Pensilvania.
Full-time Undergraduate: 9,863
Full-time Graduate/professional: 8,187
(Fall 2001; most current figures)
Penn received record-high 19,153 applications for admission to the Class of
2005. Of those applicants, 4,132, or 21.6 percent, were offered admission,
making the class of 2005 the most selective in Penn's history and the
institution among the most selective universities in America. Ninety-two
percent of the students admitted for Fall 2001 came from the top 10 percent of
their high school graduating class and scored a combined 1,412 on the SAT.
2,391 students matriculated into this year's freshman class.
Record-high 2,588 international students applied for admission to Penn's
undergraduate schools for Fall 2001, and 401 (15.5%) received admissions
offers. Ten percent of the first Ten percent of the first year classes are
international students. Of the international students accepted to the Class of
2005, 11.1% were from Africa and the Middle East, 44.6% from Asia, 1% from
Australia and the Pacific, 14.3% from Canada and Mexico, 10.6% from
Central/South America and the Caribbean, and 18.6% from Europe. Penn had 3,485
international students enrolled in Fall 2001.
Penn offers 65 study-abroad programs in 36 countries. Penn ranks first among
the Ivy League schools in the number of students studying abroad, according to
the most recent data (Institute for International Education, 1999-2000). In
1999-2000, 1,196 Penn undergraduate students participated in study- abroad
About 42 percent of those accepted for admission to the Class of 2005 are
Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American. Women comprise 50 percent of all
students currently enrolled.
Penn's four undergraduate schools, with their Fall 2001 student populations,
The College at Penn (School of Arts and Sciences), 6,464
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1,612
School of Nursing, 363
The Wharton School, 1,729
Graduate and Professional Schools:
Penn's 12 graduate and professional schools, with their Fall 2001 student
Annenberg School for Communication, 78
School of Arts and Sciences, 2,302
School of Dental Medicine, 530
Graduate School of Education, 1,059
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 884
Graduate School of Fine Arts, 562
Law School, 856
School of Medicine, 1,091
School of Nursing, 351
School of Social Work, 326
School of Veterinary Medicine, 451
The Wharton School, 2,055
The student-faculty ratio is 6.4:1 (Fall 2001).
Measures of distinction of the faculty include:
61 members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences;
44 members of the Institute of Medicine;
39 members of the National Academy of Sciences;
91 Guggenheim Fellowships (1980-2001);
11 members of the National Academy of Engineering;
Seven MacArthur Award recipients;
Six National Medal of Science recipients;
Four Nobel Prize recipients; and
Two Pulitzer Prize winners
Penn is the largest private employer in the city of Philadelphia and the
fourth-largest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of Fall 2001, Penn has a
total regular work force of 12,290. The University of Pennsylvania Health
System, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, employs
an additional 12,673 people.
Total undergraduate majors currently being pursued: 94 (Academic Year 2002).
5.0 million books
3.6 million items on microfilm
39,439 periodical subscriptions
1,952 CD-ROM databases
Athletics and Recreation:
A charter member of the Ivy League, Penn offers intercollegiate competition
for men in 20 sports, including basketball, baseball, heavyweight crew,
lightweight crew, cross country, fencing, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer,
sprint football, squash, swimming, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and
wrestling. It offers intercollegiate competition for women in 14 sports,
including basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, fencing, golf,
gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, indoor track,
outdoor track and volleyball. During the 2001-2002 academic year, there were
14,678 team members participating in 20 intramural teams; 927 additional
students were members of 30 club sports.
Living Alumni of Record:
Total: 233,303 (Fiscal Year 2001)
Undergraduate Admission and Fees:
$27,988 (Academic Year 2003)
Room and Board Fees:
$8,224 (Academic Year 2003)
Approximately 5,000 University students, faculty and staff participate in
more than 300 Penn volunteer and community service programs. The Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools recognized the University's West
Philadelphia Improvement Corps (WEPIC), in Penn's Center for Community
Partnerships, for exemplary school-college partnerships in Pennsylvania.
Fundraising (Fiscal Year 2001):
Endowment $3.382 billion (as of June 30, 2001)
Voluntary support: $285 million
107,941 donors gave $138 million in contributions
$92 million in gifts from foundations and associations
$37 million in gifts from corporations
Sponsored Projects (Fiscal Year 2001):
$550 million in awards
1,219 principal investigators
$3.21 billion (Fiscal Year 2002)
Payroll (including benefits):
$1.324 billion (Fiscal Year 2002)
Washington and Lee University.
Washington and Lee is a small, private, liberal arts university nestled
between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in Lexington, VA. It is the
ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.
In 1749, Scotch-Irish pioneers who had migrated deep into the Valley of
Virginia founded a small classical school called Augusta Academy, some 20 miles
north of what is now Lexington. In 1776, the trustees, fired by patriotism,
changed the name of the school to Liberty Hall. Four years later the school was
moved to the vicinity of Lexington, where in 1782 it was chartered as Liberty
Hall Academy by the Virginia legislature and empowered to grant degrees. A
limestone building, erected in 1793 on the crest of a ridge overlooking
Lexington, burned in 1803, though its ruins are preserved today as a symbol of
the institution's honored past.
In 1796, George Washington saved the struggling Liberty Hall Academy when he
gave the school its first major endowment--$20,000 worth of James River Canal
stock. The trustees promptly changed the name of the school to Washington
Academy as an expression of their gratitude. In a letter to the trustees,
Washington responded, "To promote the Literature in this rising Empire, and to
encourage the Arts, have ever been amongst the warmest wishes of my heart." The
donations - one of the largest to any educational institution at that time
–continue to contribute to the University's operating budget today.
General Robert E. Lee
reluctantly accepted the position of president of the College in 1865. Because
of his leadership of the Confederate army, Lee worried he "might draw upon the
College a feeling of hostility," but also added that "I think it the duty of
every citizen in the present condition of the Country, to do all in his power
to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony." During his brief presidency,
Lee established the School of Law, encouraged development of the sciences, and
instituted programs in business instruction that led to the founding of the
School of Commerce in 1906. He also inaugurated courses in journalism, which
developed by 1925 into The School of Journalism--now the Department of
Journalism and Mass Communications. These courses in business and journalism
were the first offered in colleges in the United States. After Lee's death in
1870, the trustees voted to change the name from Washington College to
Washington and Lee University.
Once an all-male institution, Washington and Lee first admitted women to its
law school in 1972. The first undergraduate women matriculated in 1985. Since
then, Washington and Lee has flourished. The University now boasts a new
science building, a performing arts center and an indoor tennis facility, and
it continues to climb the ranking charts of U.S. News and World Report and
other rating agencies. Washington and Lee is ranked 15th among the top national
liberal arts colleges by U.S. News.
Washington and Lee University observed its 250th Anniversary with a
year-long, national celebration during the 1998-99 academic year.
Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of
King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in
the state of New York and the
fifth oldest in the United States.
Controversy preceded the founding of the College, with various groups
competing to determine its location and religious affiliation. Advocates of New
York City met with success on the first point, while the Anglicans prevailed on
the latter. However, all constituencies agreed to commit themselves to
principles of religious liberty in establishing the policies of the College.
In July 1754, Samuel Johnson held the first classes in a new schoolhouse
adjoining Trinity Church, located on what is now lower Broadway in Manhattan.
There were eight students in the class. At King’s College, the future leaders
of colonial society could receive an education designed to “enlarge the Mind,
improve the Understanding, polish the whole Man, and qualify them to support
the brightest Characters in all the elevated stations in life.” One early
manifestation of the institution’s lofty
goals was the establishment in 1767 of the first American medical school to
grant the MD degree.
The American Revolution brought the growth of the College to a halt, forcing
a suspension of instruction in 1776 that lasted for eight years. However, the
institution continued to exert a significant influence on American life through
the people associated with it. Among the earliest students and Trustees of
King’s College were John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States;
Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury; Gouverneur Morris, the
author of the final draft of the U.S. Constitution; and Robert R. Livingston, a
member of the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence.
The College reopened in 1784 with a new name—Columbia—that embodied the
patriotic fervor, which had inspired the nation’s quest for independence. The
revitalized institution was recognizable as the descendant of its colonial
ancestor, thanks to its inclination toward Anglicanism and the needs of an
urban population, but there were important differences: Columbia College
reflected the legacy of the Revolution in the greater economic, denominational,
and geographic diversity of its new students and leaders. Cloistered campus
life gave way to the more common phenomenon of day students, who lived at home
or lodged in the city.
In 1849, the College moved from Park Place, near the present site of City
Hall, to 49th Street and Madison Avenue, where it
remained for the next fifty years. During the last half of the nineteenth
century, Columbia rapidly assumed the shape of a modern university. The Law
School was founded in 1858, and the country’s first mining school, a precursor
of today’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, was established in 1864.
When Seth Low became Columbia’s president in 1890, he vigorously promoted the
university ideal for the College, placing the fragmented federation of
autonomous and competing schools under a central administration that stressed
cooperation and shared resources. Barnard College for women had become
affiliated with Columbia in 1889; the medical school came under the aegis of
the University in 1891, followed by Teachers of graduate faculties in political
science, philosophy, and pure science established Columbia as one of the
nation’s earliest centers for graduate education. In 1896, the Trustees
officially authorized the use of yet another new name, Columbia University, and
today the institution is officially known as Columbia University in the City of
Low’s greatest accomplishment, however, was moving the University from 49th
Street to Morningside Heights and a more spacious campus designed as an urban
academic village by McKim, Mead & White, the renowned turn-of-the-century
architectural firm. Architect Charles Follen McKim provided Columbia with
stately buildings patterned after those of the Italian Renaissance. The
University continued to prosper after its move uptown.
During the presidency of Nicholas Murray Butler (1902–1945), Columbia emerged
as a preeminent national center for educational innovation and scholarly
achievement. John Erskine taught the first Great Books Honors Seminar at
Columbia College in 1919, making the study of original masterworks the
foundation of undergraduate education. Columbia became, in the words of College
alumnus Herman Wouk, a place of “doubled magic,” where “the best things of the
moment were outside the rectangle of Columbia; the best things
of all human history and thought were inside the rectangle.” The study of the
sciences flourished along with the liberal arts, and in 1928,
Columbia–Presbyterian Medical Center, the first such center to combine
teaching, research, and patient care, was officially opened as a joint project
between the medical school and The Presbyterian Hospital.
By the late 1930s, a Columbia student could study with the likes of Jacques
Barzun, Paul Lazarsfeld, Mark Van Doren, Lionel Trilling, and I.I. Rabi, to
name just a few of the great minds of the Morningside campus. The University’s
graduates during this time were equally accomplished—for example, two alumni of
Columbia’s Law School, Charles Evans Hughes and Harlan Fiske Stone (who also
held the position of Law School dean), served successively as Chief Justice of
the United States Supreme Court.
Research into the atom by faculty members I.I. Rabi, Enrico Fermi, and
Polykarp Kusch placed Columbia’s Physics Department in the international
spotlight in the 1940s, and the founding of the School of International Affairs
(now the School of International and Public Affairs) in 1946 marked the
beginning of intensive growth in international relations as a major scholarly
focus of the University. The Oral History movement in the United States was
launched at Columbia in 1948.
Columbia celebrated its Bicentennial in 1954 during a period of steady
expansion. This growth mandated a major campus-building program in the 1960s,
and, by the end of the decade, five of the University’s schools were housed in
The revival of spirit and
energy on Columbia’s campus in recent years has been even more sweeping. The
1980s saw the completion of over $145 million worth of new construction,
including two residence halls, a computer science center, the Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, a chemistry building, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art
Gallery, Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, and much more. The quality of student life
on campus has been a primary concern, and the opening of Morris A. Schapiro
Hall in 1988 enabled Columbia College to achieve its long-held goal of offering
four years of housing to all undergraduate students. A second gift from this
farsighted benefactor led to the opening in 1992 of the Morris A. Schapiro
Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research, which is helping to
secure Columbia’s leadership in telecommunications and high-tech research.
On the Health Sciences campus, a generous commitment from
the Sherman Fairchild Foundation has lent impetus to the development of the
Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park by providing funds for
construction of the Center for Disease Prevention. In addition to securing
Columbia’s place at the forefront of medical research, this project will help
spur the growth of the biotechnology industry in New York City, forge vital new
links between Columbia and the local community, and help to revitalize the area
around the medical center.
Thanks to concerted efforts to place the University on the strongest possible
foundations, Columbia is approaching the twenty-first century with a firm sense
of the importance of
what has been accomplished in the past and confidence in what it can achieve in
the years to come.
In 1897, the University moved from 49th Street and Madison Avenue, where it
had stood for fifty years, to its present location on Morningside Heights at
116th Street and Broadway. Seth Low, the President of the University at the
time of the move, sought to create an academic village in a more spacious
setting. Charles Follen McKim of the architectural firm of McKim, Mead &
White modeled the new campus after the Athenian agora. The Columbia campus
comprises the largest single collection of McKim, Mead & White buildings in
The architectural centerpiece of the campus is Low Memorial Library, named in
honor of Seth Low’s father. Built in the Roman classical style, it appears in
the New York City Register of Historic Places. The building today houses the
central administration offices and the Visitors Center.
A broad flight of steps descends from Low Library to an expansive plaza, a
popular place for students to gather, and from there to College Walk, a
promenade that bisects the central campus. Beyond College Walk is the South
Campus, where Butler Library, the University’s main library, stands. South
Campus is also the site of many of Columbia College’s facilities, including
student residences, the Ferris Booth Hall activities center, and the College’s
administrative offices and classroom buildings, along with the building housing
the Journalism School.
To the north of Low Library stands Pupin Hall, which in 1966 was designated a
national historic landmark in recognition of the atomic research undertaken
there by Columbia’s scientists beginning in 1925. To the east is St. Paul’s
Chapel, which is listed with the New York City Register of Historic Places.
Many newer buildings surround the original campus. Among the most impressive
are the Sherman Fairchild Center for the Life Sciences, the Computer Science
building, Morris A. Schapiro Hall, and the Morris A. Schapiro Center for
Engineering and Physical Science Research.
Two miles to the north of Morningside Heights is the twenty-acre campus of
the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, overlooking the Hudson River in
Manhattan’s Washington Heights. Among the most prominent buildings on the site
are the twenty-story Julius and Armand Hammer Health Sciences Center, the
William Black Medical Research building, and the seventeen-story tower of the
College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1989, The Presbyterian Hospital opened
the Milstein Hospital Building, a 745-bed facility that incorporates
the very latest advances in medical technology and patient care. To the west is
the New York State Psychiatric Institute; east of Broadway will be the Audubon
Biomedical Science and Technology Park, which will include the new Center for
Disease Prevention. The Park is being developed as a major urban research
complex to house activities on the cutting edge of scientific and medical
Other interesting information.
It is also very interesting, that in the USA many universities are connected
with each other. They belong to different unions. For example, Dartmouth
College, Brown University, Columbia University, Princeton University and Yale
University are the parts of «Ivy League». It is a union of the most respectable
and famous universities in the United States of America.
«Ivy League» consists of eight colleges and universities. All of them are
rather old and popular. But they are not cheap, because students must pay much
money for their education.
The most expensive University is Dartmouth. The cheapest one is Yale.
All the universities have their own emblems, which are always different and
have definite meanings.
9 form «V».
Education and Culture
In the United States, education, cultural activities, and the communications
media exert a tremendous influence on the lives of individuals. Through these
means, knowledge and cultural values are generated, transmitted, and preserved
from one generation to the next.
In most of the United
States, illiteracy has been virtually eliminated. However, census estimates
suggest that 2.4 percent of the population over age 25 is functionally
illiterate, that is, they are unable to read and write well enough to meet the
demands of everyday life. More of the population has received more education
than ever before. Among Americans aged 25 and older in 1993, about four-fifths
had completed high school, as compared with only about one-fourth as recently
as 1940. In 1993 nearly 22 percent of the population had com pleted four or
more years of college. This same trend toward increased accessibility and usage
applies to America's cultural institutions, which have continued to thrive
despite a troubled economy.
In the United States, education is offered at all levels from prekindergarten
to graduate school by both public and private institutions. Elementary and
secondary education involves 12 years of schooling, the successful completion
of which leads to a high school diploma. Although public education can be
defined in various ways, one key concept is the accountability of school
officials to the voters. In theory, responsibility for operating the public
education system in the United States is local. In fact, much of the local
control has been superseded, and state legislation controls financing methods,
academic standards, and policy and curriculum guidelines. Because public
education is separately developed within each state, variations exist from one
state to another. Parallel paths among states have developed, however, in part
because public education is also a matter of national interest.
Public elementary and secondary education is supported financially by three
levels of government—local, state, and federal. Local school districts often
levy property taxes, which are the major source of financing for the public
school systems. One of the problems that arises because of the heavy reliance
on local property tax is a disparity in the quality of education received by
students. Rich communities can afford to pay more per student than poorer
communities; consequently, the disparity in wealth affects the quality of
education received. Some states have taken measures to level this imbalance by
distributing property tax collections to school districts based on the number
of students enrolled.
When public education was established in the American colonies in the
mid-17th century, it was viewed by many as an instrument that would break down
the barriers of social class and prejudice. Public schools were intended for
all creeds, classes, and religions. In addition to the development of
individuals, public schools were to promote social harmony by equalizing the
conditions of the population.
Most students attended
private schools, however, until well into the 19th century. Then, in the
decades before the American Civil War (1861-1865), a transition took place from
private to public school education. This transition was to provide children of
all classes with a free education. The idea of free public education did,
however, encounter opposition. The nonw hite population, which consisted
primarily of blacks, was either totally denied an education or allowed to
attend only racially segregated schools.
Before the Civil War, public school segregation was common both in the South
and in the North. In every southern state except Kentucky and Maryland, laws
existed that forbade the teaching of reading and writing to slaves.
In 1867, after the end of the Civil War, schools for blacks began to be
established in various parts of the South. For nearly a century, until 1954,
most education facilities in the southern states remained racially segregated
by state laws. Not only were schools segregated, but, in schools for blacks,
the physical conditions and facilities were poor, transportation to such
schools was meager or nonexistent, and expenditures per black pupil fell below
those per white pupil.
In the northern states
during this same period, most black chi ldren also attended separate schools.
Sometimes this was the result of state laws; more often it was the result of
policy decisions, either officially acknowledged or clandestine. Examples of
the latter are gerrymandered school districts and pupil transfer systems. The
result, in the South and the North, was a dual system of education for blacks
In 1954 the Supreme Court
of the United States declared racial segregation in schools illegal, in its
landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision. Since then progress
has been made toward desegregation; however, widespread de facto segregation
still exists today in both suburban and urban areas. In the late 1980s more
than 60 percent of black and Hispanic American students attended schools where
minority group enrollment constituted over 50 percent of the total. In some
large cities, either because of residential patterns or because of an intent to
segregate schools, entire school districts are still segregated. Some districts
have attempted the busing of pupils to help achieve integration, but this has
proved generally unpopular and unworkable. Thus, the right to a desegregated
education remains more theoretical than real for many children.
Elementary and Secondary Enrollments
In 1993 some 59,680 public elementary and 19,995 public secondary schools
were in operation in the United States, in addition to 4826 special-purpose or
combined schools. Enrollment in public schools in 1993 totaled about 31 million
elementary pupils and about 11.7 million secondary students. In addition,
private elementary and secondary schools together enrolled about 4.9 million
students in 1991. The largest system of private education in the United States
is that of the Roman Catholic church, with some 2.6 million students in 1991.
In public schools, the average expenditure per pupil in the United States in
1993 was about $5574, ranging from a low of about $3218 in Utah to a high of
about $9712 in New Jersey.
The first American colleges were small and attended by an aristocratic
student body. The earliest institutions were established in the United States
between the mid-17th and mid-18th centuries: Harvard University (1636), the
College of William and Mary (1693), Yale University (1701), the University of
Pennsylvania (1740), Princeton University (1746), Columbia University (1754),
Brown University (1764), Rutgers University (1771), and Dartmouth College
(1769). These private institutions initially prepared students for careers in
theology, law, medicine, and teaching—a curriculum too narrow for a country
experiencing a rapid expansion of its territory, industry, and industrial
An important development occurred in 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln
signed the Morrill Act (see Land-Grant Colleges), which donated public lands to
the several states and territories to provide colleges with the resources
necessary to teach such branches of learning as agriculture and the mechanical
arts. The Morrill Act was designed to promote the liberal and practical
education of the new industrial population. Based on the act, each state was
granted 12,141 hectares (30,000 acres) of federal land for each member it had
in Congress. In addition to creating colleges, the Morrill Act extended
education to groups that would benefit from higher education regardless of
financial background and greatly
accelerated the admission of women to institutions of higher learning. Some of
the larger institutions that were established or expanded as a result of the
Morrill Act include the University of Arizona (1885), the University of
California at Berkeley (1868), the University of Florida (1853), the University
of Illinois (1867), Purdue University (1865), the University of Maryland
(1807), Michigan State University (1855), Ohio State University (1870),
Pennsylvania State University (1855), and the University of Wisconsin (1849).
Higher education, like elementary and secondary education, has historically
been racially segregated in the United States. Before 1954 most blacks gained
access to higher education only by attending colleges and universities
established for blacks, nearly all of which were located in the southern
states. With the gradual dissolution of most traditional racial barriers, more
and more blacks enrolled in institutions where whites made up the majority of
the student body. By 1990 only about 17 percent of all black students were
enrolled in the 105 historically black colleges and universities.
A unique feature of higher education in the United States is the device known
as accreditation, which includes voluntary self-evaluation by a school and
appraisal by a group of its peers. This process operates through nationally
recognized accrediting agencies and associations and certain state bodies.
These agencies or associations have established educational criteria to
evaluate institutions in terms of their own objectives and to ascertain whether
programs of educational quality are being maintained. They provide institutions
with continued stimulus for improvement, to ensure that accredited status may
serve as an authentic index of educational quality.
Costs of Higher Education
The cost of higher
education varies by type of institution. Tuition is highest at private
four-year institutions, and lowest at public two-year institutions. The private
four-year colleges nearly quadrupled their average tuition rates between 1975
and 1990. For private four-year colleges, tuition and fees for the 1992-1993
academic year averaged about $13,043, compared with about $2827 at public
four-year colleges. The cost of attending an institution of higher education
includes not only tuition and fees, however, but also books and supplies,
transportation, personal expenses and, sometimes, room and board. Although
tuition and fees generally are substantially lower at public institutions than
at private ones, the other student costs are about the same. The average cost
for tuition, fees, and room and board for the 1992-1993 academic year at
private four-year colleges was about $18,892. At public four-year colleges the
average combined cost was about $6449.
In 1992 about 62.1 million people were enrolled in elementary and secondary
schools and institutions of higher education, about 1.1 million more than the
number enrolled in 1975.
Nursery school enrollment
increased sharply between 1970 and 1992, from about 1.1 million to about 2.9
million children. This rise in nursery school enrollment may have occurred
because of the increasingly recognized value of preprimary education as well as
the growth in employment outside the home of women with young children. College
and university enrollment also increased substantially, from some 8.6 million
students in 1970 to 14.5 million in 1992. The increase in enrollment in
institutions of higher education was primarily due to the growth in attendance
by women. Of the total school enrollment in 1992, whites constituted about 83
percent, blacks about 10 percent, and Hispanic Americans (who may be of any
race) about 7 percent.
· The beginning......................1-2
· Princeton University..................2
· The College of William and Mary............2-7
· Yale University......................7
· Rutgers College....................7-8
· Brown University...................8-10
· University of Pensilvania...............10-14
· Washington and Lee University............14-16
· Columbia University..................16-22
· Other interesting information.............22
· « Ivy League ».....................23-24
· Education and Culture.................25
· N. V. Bagramova.
T. I. Vorontsova.
«The book for reading in area studies. The United States of America (country
«Publishers Soyuz», St. Petersburg, 2000 year.
· O. L. Soboleva.
«Students Encyclopedia. Russian language, Literature, Russian history,
Moscow, «AST-PRESS», 2001 year.
Official web sites of the colleges and universities.