Syrian boy looks through window at refugee camp with plants placed in yellow and white cans attached

Syrian children in Lebanon are ‘being robbed of their futures’

Syrians on the border

Most Syrian children have missed years — if not decades — of schooling due to war and displacement. The conditions in Lebanon mean they could miss even more.

A girl attends her first class at a school in Hazema in north Raqqa, Syria.

In Syria, all girls want is safety and school

Frances Esparza

This champion of bilingualism remembers her mother’s stories of being paddled in school for speaking Spanish


Immigrant kids have it better than their parents when it comes to English

Accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, Victor Agbafe will attend Harvard University this fall, setting him on the path to his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.

How Victor Agbafe’s immigrant parents taught him the lessons to get into all eight Ivies

St Andrews foam fight

Four things you need to know about paying for college


Going to college is expensive, and how you pay for it — and what you pay for — is an important, complicated question. But we have answers. Author Beth Kobliner offers answers to five common questions about affording college.

Pine Manor College suffers from low enrollment, high debt and a small endowment.

Tom Brady once saved this tiny college. Can it still survive?


The controversial quarterback once bought a chunk of the campus of struggling Pine Manor college for his manse, carriage home and yoga studio. The Massachusetts school faces some of the same pressures as Sweet Briar College in rural Virginia, which announced in March it would close.

After being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, Victor Agbafe plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.

He got accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools and Stanford. And decided.


Being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools is a rare feat, but it is not high school senior Victor Agbafe’s greatest accomplishment.

Students cheer as US President Barack Obama (not pictured) attends the 2014 commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine, while at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

University of Washington president says diversity is one of the keys to success


Beyond admitting a diverse group of students, the University of Washington’s president says colleges need to make sure students feel supported in addressing racial issues with one another.

Admitted MIT students pose with the school's mascot during a weekend of activities at the university.

How much should ‘elite’ matter when deciding where to go to college?


Admission and rejection letters are in. Now, high school seniors are trying to decide which colleges they’ll choose, and where they’ll put down their deposits by the looming May 1 deadline. One factor that weighs heavily on parents’ and students’ minds: how elite a school is.