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Mind flex: Famous college fun facts

How’s your top-college knowledge?

Here are some fun facts you may not have known about the top 10 colleges in the United States.

Princeton University, PRINCETON, NJ
Average cost of tuition: $47,000
Most popular major: Economics
NCAA D1 school, with 37 varsity men’s and women’s teams.
Fun Fact: In 1969, Princeton alumnus Charles Conrad became the third person to walk on the moon, where he planted a Princeton flag. 

Harvard University, CAMBRIDGE, MA
Average cost of tuition: $50,000
Most popular major: Economics
NCAA D1 school, with 42 varsity sports teams.
Fun Fact: Harvard was founded in 1636. 

University of Chicago, CHICAGO, IL
Average cost of tuition: $55,000
Most popular major: Economics
NCAA D3 athletic school, with 20 varsity sports.
Fun Fact: The first atomic fission occurred on this campus. 

Yale University, NEW HAVEN, CT
Average cost of tuition: $51,400
Most popular major: Political science
NCAA D1 school, with 35 varsity sports teams and more than 40 club teams.
Fun Fact: The school was named after Elihu Yale, governor of the East India Company— the company tied to the Tea Act that led to the Boston Tea Party. 

Columbia University, NEW YORK CITY, NY
Average cost of tuition: $62,000
Most popular majors: Political science and economics
NCAA D1 school, with 31 sports teams, 45 club teams and more than 40 intramural sports.
Fun Fact: Howard Dietz, the creator of MGM Studios’ lion logo and mascot, was a Columbia alumnus. 

Stanford University, STANFORD, CA
Average cost of tuition: $50,000
Most popular major: Computer science
NCAA D1 school, with 36 varsity and 32 club sports.
Fun Fact: At least one Stanford student has won an Olympic medal every year since 1908. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CAMBRIDGE, MA
Average cost of tuition: $50,000
Most popular majors: Electrical engineering and computer science
NCAA D3 school, with 33 varsity sports teams.
Fun Fact: MIT was the first school in the United States to have an architecture program. 

Duke University, DURHAM, NC
Average cost of tuition: $53,500
Most popular major: Biology/biological sciences
NCAA D1 school, with 26 varsity teams.
Fun Fact: Many couples who meet at Duke get married in the campus’s iconic chapel on campus, which needs to be booked at least one year in advance due to its popularity. 

University of Pennsylvania, PHILADELPHIA, PA
Average cost of tuition: $53,000
Most popular major: Finance
NCAA D1 school, with more than 25 sports teams.
Fun Fact: The earliest electronic general-purpose computer, ENIAC, was created in 1946 at the university’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering. 

Johns Hopkins University, BALTIMORE, MD
Average cost of tuition: $52,000
Most popular major: Public health
NCAA D3 school, with 24 varsity sports.
Fun Fact: Johns Hopkins was the first research university in the United States.

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