New York Times Magazine: The College Issue 09/30/07
Chapter 1: Application
The New Affirmative Action By DAVID LEONHARDT
Colleges want diversity. Students want diversity. There’s just this little problem with the law.
Tense Times at Bronxville High By SUSAN DOMINUS
Winthrop Pearce Rutherfurd set his sights on continuing his family’s centuries-old legacy at Princeton. Maria Devlin set her sights on a four-year free ride. But who was more anxious — the kids or their parents?
Don’t Worry, Be Students By JACQUES STEINBERG
Fear and loathing pave the road to college. But ask recent graduates to reflect on their experience, and they advise kids to forget rankings, chill out and get ready to savor the best years of their lives. Complete Poll Results (pdf) Poll Methodology
Chapter 2: Matriculation
Re-Engineering Engineering By JOHN SCHWARTZ
In an era when software matters more than steel, Olin College wants to produce technologists with soul.
In the Valley of the Shadow By ELIZABETH D. SAMET
At West Point, a professor teaches poetry to cadets and learns more than she expected.
Onward Christian Scholars By MOLLY WORTHEN
At New St. Andrews College in Idaho, a bold evangelical experiment bids to arm undergraduates for the 21st century’s culture wars by reviving 17th-century learning.
Back in the Day (Just a Few Years Ago)
By SHEILA HETI, DANIEL ALARCÓN, KAREN RUSSELL and BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON
Emerging writers recall the undergraduate experience.
Chapter 3: Graduation
No Graduate Left Behind By JAMES TRAUB
A college degree increases your value in the job market. But how much does it increase your knowledge? The Bush administration is backing a movement to put colleges to the test.
Why Teach for America By NEGAR AZIMI
A volunteer program for ambitious college graduates is great for the résumé. But is it good for the country?
SLIDE SHOW: Extra Credit
Fresh out of orientation, Wesleyan University first-years are already proving to be model students.