Now that it’s the season of fireworks and cookouts, we often pay tribute to the distinct history of our country: its founders, Presidents, and milestones. It’s only natural, then, that we take note of some of our nation’s most historic colleges:
1. Harvard University. Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the country. Over its many years, some of the world’s most respected academics have graduated from this sprawling school located in Cambridge, MA, as well as eight U.S. Presidents, including John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama. Guess there’s a reason why the Crimson top the academic charts year after year.
2. University of Virginia. Established in 1819, the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson, one of our country’s most accomplished leaders. What’s more, the university’s initial board of advisors included James Madison and James Monroe. In other words, UVA is driven by an impressive heart of history.
3. College of William & Mary. Though both Harvard and UVA boast impressive alumni pools, the College of William & Mary just may take the historical cake. Not only have three U.S. Presidents worn green, gold, and silver (the school colors), but so did celebrated Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, and count it: 16 signers of the Deceleration of Independence. That’s some serious legacy.
4. Washington and Lee University. Another university located in Virginia, this school is partially named after our nation’s first president. Can’t get much more impressive than that.
5. University of Pennsylvania. The remarkable figure who founded this mighty Keystone-state school is none other than the father of bifocals, the odometer, and electricity. You guessed it: Ben Franklin. In step with Franklin’s innovative attitude, Penn is home to the nation’s first schools of medicine and business, meaning we wouldn’t have gotten too far without it.
6. American University. In 1892, American University was chartered by an Act of Congress. Since then, it’s flourished in the nation’s capital, becoming a storied hotspot. More, the school has educated a host of federal judges, senators, representatives, ambassadors, diplomats, and even Nobel laureates. What does that mean, exactly? For one, AU boasts a social influence of historic proportions.