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These days, colleges will do anything to set themselves apart from the rest.And while public school budgets are getting the ax from state legislatures, private schools are trying to capitalise on curious high school seniors looking at prospective colleges.
From free computers and iPads to a three-course steak dinner every week, colleges across the nation fight to attract the brightest incoming students with enticing luxuries.
Class of 2016, it’s not too late to switch schools.
Sports Illustrated recognised Mizzou's rec centre as the best college rec centre in the nation, and it's pretty obvious why.
Missouri opened its $50 million, 293,000-square-foot recreation centre in 2005. Its indoor pool is complete with a waterfall, palm trees and a lazy river. Need to get your tan on? No worries, there's a pretty sick outdoor pool, too. Students can also lift weights in the centre's million-dollar Jungle Gym.
Michigan Tech's ski mountain is a truly awesome perk. As a part of MTU's 'Experience Tech' fee, MTU students get access to Mont Ripley, a ski moutain typically from December to March. In the warmer months, it's used for mountain biking.
Duke's class of 2008 received 20 GB iPods preloaded with resources like the freshman orientation schedule and academic calendar, according to a report by the university. The iPod was also equipped with a voice recorder, perfect for recording boring lectures.
Duke hasn't given out any more cool gadgets to freshmen (to our knowledge), but future swag isn't out of the question.
This event is exactly what it sounds like. One day in late winter, Pomona's students board buses to Southern California's Mountain High Resort for half a day of skiing. Then, they visit Newport Beach (or another local beach) for an afternoon of frolicking in the waves and a barbecue.
'Whenever people unfamiliar with Southern California ask me what the area is like, I like to say it's one of the few places in the world where you can wake up in a desert and experience something like Ski-Beach Day,' said Katie Spielberger, class of 2005.
Here's a perk for the history majors: student housing in National Historic Landmarks. At the University of North Carolina, 67 lucky students get to live in Old East, the oldest public university building in the nation, built in 1795.
Vassar College's Main Building is also on the registry. Built in 1865, the building was Vassar's first academic building and is still the 'hub of campus life' for students. The bottom floor of Main has student government offices, a computer store, and a coffee and snack bar, while higher floors house 350 students.
If a school is located in Maine, it must take advantage of the region's scrumptious lobster. Bowdoin College does. This small school holds an intimate lobster bake to welcome its students at the beginning of each year.
The 'marketplace-style' food court, which is managed by Virginia Tech's dining services, has a steakhouse that serves different cuts of steak, London broil and fresh lobster.
Of course, students must pay for the food they order, but the sheer fact that a college cafeteria has upscale dining is mindblowing.
Since students obviously don't have time for petty chores like laundry, Davidson College's Lula Bell Houston Laundry picks up laundry from students, washes it and sends it back free of charge. No more wasted study time waiting for a machine in the laundry room.
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