If you're a high school student thinking about where to go for college, I dare you to try the Minerva Project.
Here's the deal. A lot of really smart, qualified students get turned down by Harvard because there just isn't enough room. Some forward-thinking entrepreneurs thought about how to solve this problem and came up with a university that's completely online, extremely rigorous, and designed to prepare you for the challenges of the future.
There has never been a university like this in all of human history. Here's why:
- They know you can learn basic math, English etc. online. So they leave you on your own to do so.
- All the "official" classes are online seminars. Imagine Skyping with people around the world while you discuss complex problems and possible solutions
- Everything is online. You will get to live in 7 different countries before your 4-year experience is over
- Minerva has recruited some of the best professors in the world. You'll get a better education than Harvard or Yale, with all the prestige and connections to match--at half the price.
- No essays or delays. They'll sit down and interview you in person. They want to see that you're creative and smart. Abnd they won't make you wait 3 months to find out if you're in.
I am not associated with this project in any way. I just think it's one of the coolest things I've heard about in years. What you learn from books will never have the same bearing as the people you meet, the things you do, and the connections you make. This school won't waste your time in research. You'll be experiencing the world, getting hands-on experience, and using the tools and technologies that can really deliver a meaningful career.
If I were 17 again, I would be begging them to take me. I hope you'll check it out: