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Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Caused by Vaccine Skeptics

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Doubts about vaccines helped fuel Minnesota's biggest outbreak of measles in decades.


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Young Love & Understanding Middle School Relationships

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Dating in middle school is mostly about asking, “Am I the type of person someone could like?”


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College-bound students across the country are putting themselves out there. They're not looking for love; they're picking who they're going to room with during their freshman year in an increasingly popular process known as roommate self-selection.

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While dealing with sadness of sending a child off to college, parents may find it hard to help their student focus on the tasks they need to complete before they leave for campus in the fall. We've compiled a list of important items to talk about with your child about before they start college.

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Special Needs Oregon Student Wins Prom Queen Crown in Landslide

May 18, 2015

When a special needs student at an Oregon high school expressed to her friends that she wanted to be nominated for prom queen, they rallied to get her name on the ballot — and the students of the school did her one better and voted in overwhelming numbers to have her crowned on the big night.

Student Turns Down All Eight Ivy League Schools

May 18, 2015

Ronald Nelson was accepted to all eight U.S. Ivy League schools, and he chose to attend none of them in favor of the University of Alabama. Nelson joins Morning Joe to discuss why.

University of Florida Admits 3,000 Students (Sort Of)

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The students were told they'd only be admitted if they spent their first year taking online classes. (They weren't told about the stipulation before applying.)

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More than 100,000 cash strapped students across the U.S. crowdfunded their education costs in 2014, raising millions of dollars in relief.

School Tells Gay Student: No Dress, No Prom

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A gay honor student is told that her Louisiana high school won't allow her to wear a tuxedo to prom.

New York Teen Harold Ekeh Gets Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Schools

Apr 07, 2015

A New York high school senior has a big decision to make - he was accepted into not one, but all eight Ivy League schools. A remarkable feat for anyone, but especially for 17-year-old Harold Ekeh, whose parents moved to the U.S. from Nigeria when he was eight.

Is It the End of College As We Know It?

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New tools are revolutionizing the way we learn, introducing a new way to attend college at a fraction of the cost. Kevin Carey, author of, “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere,” joins the panel to explain.

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It's a trillion dollar problem that's causing many potential students to opt out of college altogether.

College Admissions Inspire Angst

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Frank Bruni, columnist for The New York Times and author of "Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be", joins Alex Witt to discuss the immense pressure students face to get accepted to the Ivy League and other elite schools.

College Expands Access to Low-Income Students

Mar 12, 2015

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann joins Morning Joe to discuss how the school is becoming more accessible for lower-income students.

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Wyoming high school students build life-size foosball game as part of lesson on geometry.

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Mar 10, 2015

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Controversial New App Tracks College Students

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Class 120, the brainchild of Jeffrey Whorley, uses GPS signals to track student’s locations, and will send their parents a message if they aren’t in class. Some experts argue that the app could undermine students’ ability to motivate themselves.

Obama Proposes Free Community College for 2 Years

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In a Facebook video shot aboard Air Force One, the president said he would like to see the first two years of community college be free for anyone willing to work for it.

Should Kids Be Allowed Cellphones in School?

Jan 07, 2015

New York City is about to lift a ban on children bringing phones to school after parents complained about not being connected to their kids during the school day.

Johns Hopkins Mistakenly Sends Acceptance Letters

Dec 17, 2014

The TODAY anchors chat about the university sending out acceptance letters to dozens of students whom they’d already rejected, saying it was “human error.”

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College admissions professionals Ashley Pallie and Christoph Guttentag, along with Katherine Cohen from Ivywise, discuss the qualities of a great admissions essay and why it’s important for students to come across as authentic.

Why this Couple Won’t Pay for Kids’ College

Nov 05, 2014

In their new book, “Guerrilla Parenting,” California couple David and Jill argue that their children should figure out a way to pay for college on their own.

Is College Worth the Cost?

Sep 05, 2014

Tom Gimbel, president and CEO of LaSalle Network and Naomi Schaefer Riley, a New York Post columnist discuss the benefits of college and educational alternatives.

‘Helicopter Parents’ Now Hover Over Campus

Sep 04, 2014

Constant communication with “helicopter parents” – moms and dads who hover over their kids, even when they’re away from home – may have a negative effect on college students who need to learn to live on their own.

Sending Your Kids Off to College

Aug 20, 2014

Although sending kids to college is hard for everyone, is it more difficult for parents? Barnard College President Debora Spar and Cornell University President David Skorton discuss.

Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Off To College

Aug 14, 2014

Where did the last four years go? I think that’s the question that every parent of a high school senior asks him/herself at the beginning of that last school year. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking forward to having your child move out and on to college by the end of the school year.

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Rob Franek of The Princeton Review presents the publication’s latest list of the best colleges in America.

Getting the Best College for Your Money

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Author of, “The Best Colleges for Your Money” in Money Magazine, Donna Rosato, discusses what universities will give you the best “bang for your buck.”

Study: Half of Parents Help Foot College Grads' Bills

Jul 07, 2014

TODAY's financial editor Jean Chatzky offers some sound financial advice to the Costabile family, who join TODAY to talk about having two college grads still living at home with financial support from their parents.

Rates Rise on New College Loans

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Interest rates are now higher for students taking out new federal loans. It will mean an average of about $4 a month more for every $10,000 borrowed.

More College Graduates are Moving Back Home

Jun 23, 2014

Matthew Segal, a millennial and co-founder of, and Jen Hartstein, a family psychologist, join TODAY to discuss the growing number of college graduates moving back in with their parents. They’re being called the “boomerang generation.”

Is Your Child College Bound? How Do You Pay for it?

Apr 17, 2014

Millions of college-bound high school seniors are receiving acceptance letters and financial aid award packages this month. Now it's decision time—not only for the student, but for Mom and Dad too—forcing families to grapple with how to pay for it all.

Undercover Investigation: 'Stranger Danger' Applies to College Kids, Too

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Last year, 72 young adults aged 18 to 25 were reported abducted by strangers. Surprisingly, it's teenagers, not little kids, who are abducted most often by strangers. And some of those teens are in college.

How to Track Down Free Money for College

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Princeton Review’s Rob Franek and Jacques Steinberg of Say Yes to Education visit TODAY to offer advice on how to land free money for college through scholarships and financial aid.

How to Score the Best College Scholarships

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One less unappealing aspect of the process college application process is trying to score free money in the form of scholarships, and this is the season when organizations with money for students are reaching out.

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Colleges are increasingly searching for applicants' names on the Internet as part of their review.

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Eboni Boykin's youth consisted of a variety of homeless shelters, and one constant goal: an Ivy League education.

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