While StudyBlue is used by millions of students at thousands of universities across the country, the following 10 schools are where StudyBlue is utilized the most. To showcase these great institutions we put together a list of an interesting fact about each one!
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
If you attend Texas A&M, a school known for its huge football fandom, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the Midnight Yell. The tradition occurs Kyle Field every night before home football games. For away games, Aggies still do the Midnight Yell in the opposing team’s city or a nearby area. Since 1932, Aggies have participated in the event after the Yell Leaders decided to hold a midnight practice before the school’s big game against their biggest rival, Texas. Over the years the Yell has garnered a large gathering, including Yell Leaders, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and tens of thousands of students and alumni who line the field.
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Arizona State has produced many famous individuals–politicians like Barry Goldwater Jr., athletes such as Barry Bonds and celebrities that include Jimmy Kimmel–but a decorated alumna that most people probably aren’t aware of is Temple Grandin. She earned her master’s in animal science at ASU and is regarded as one of the most prominent autism and animal activists in the U.S. Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and has used that experience to influence her work in the field of autism. In recent years, Grandin has received several accolades including a spot in the “Heroes” category of the “TIME 100” in 2010 and winning the Double Helix Medal in 2011. A biopic called “Temple Grandin,” which stars actress Claire Danes, was released in 2010 on HBO. Currently, Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.
Rutgers is referred to as the birthplace of college football. On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game was played at College Field between home team Rutgers and Princeton University. Rutgers beat Princeton with six “runs” to Princeton’s four, though this first game had more in common with soccer than American football. The contest was one of two that took place during the country’s first college football season. The Scarlet Knights have participated in three different conferences in as many seasons but settled into the Big Ten last year, as they finished with an 8-5 record and upset North Carolina, 40-21, to win the Quick Lane Bowl.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Pride of the Southland Band is one of the oldest marching bands in the country, performing at halftime of Tennessee football games for decades. It originally received funding under Tennessee’s Military Department and contained only cornets, which resemble trumpets. Eventually, the band evolved to feature a wider array of instruments and became a part of the Music Department in the earlier 1960s. Pride of the Southland Band first appeared at a Tennessee football game in 1902 when the Volunteers defeated Sewanee, 6-0. It has represented the state of Tennessee at 12 consecutive Presidential inaugurations, performed at over 40 bowl games and even marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Since playing “Rocky Top” at a football game in 1972, the song has become the University’s unofficial theme song.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON
Known for its rowdy tailgating scene, Wisconsin prides itself on having some of the best school spirit in the country. The Badgers football team and House of Pain’s “Jump Around” have become synonymous with one another, as the school has blasted the hyped tune before the fourth quarter of games since Homecoming in 1998. “Jump Around” has been named the best college football tradition in the country numerous times. With Camp Randall skyboxes under construction in 2003, the University nearly put the tradition on hold due to worries of the stadium being unable to withstand thousands of fans jumping up and down during the song. Luckily, with the help of structural engineers, it was confirmed that “Jump Around” would not cause any structural damage and the tradition went on as planned.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Over the past century, the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State has developed into arguably the biggest clash in college football and even ranks among the most intense battles in all of North American sports. The teams’ first meeting took place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1887, as the Wolverines stomped OSU, 34-0. In all, the two opponents have faced off in 110 games with Michigan leading the all-time series, 58-46-6. The Michigan-Ohio State game has on numerous occasions decided the regular-season conference champion, as the teams have 22 Big Ten titles between themselves. In 2006, the annual contest featured teams that were both 11-0 and ranking No. 1 and No. 2 in the country. Despite a furious comeback by U of M, the top-ranked Buckeyes narrowly came out on top, 42-39, earning a conference title and national championship game berth. Currently, OSU holds a three-game win streak in the series.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
On October 10, 2015, Mizzou will host its 104th Homecoming celebration, which stands as the largest student-run event of its kind in the country. What started as an attempt to attract alumni to return to campus for the football game against Kansas in 1911, has evolved into a model for other schools across the country to host similar Homecoming events. In addition to the football game, Mizzou puts on a Homecoming parade, spirit rally, blood drive and talent competition, among other activities. In fact, the University broke the world record for the largest peacetime blood drive on a college campus.
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
As a way to unify Iowa State’s different colleges and put on an end-of-the-year celebration for its students, a week-long festival called VEISHEA was created. The acronym for the event represented each school within the University: Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics and Agriculture. VEISHEA began in 1922 and, before being discontinued in 2014 due to rioting, was the largest student-run festival in the nation. The festival had a parade, open-house demonstrations, speakers, lecturers and entertainers, among other things. Over the course of its history, VEISHEA hosted many distinguished guests like Presidents Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson and performers such as Billy Joel, the Goo Goo Dolls and The Black Eyed Peas.
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Probably one of the most surprising facts about Illinois State is that its campus is home to the tallest dormitory in the world–Watterson Towers–which stands 298.5 feet tall and contains 28 stories. It was completed in 1969 and is the highest vantage point between St. Louis and Chicago. The dorm is made up of two towers that are connected by several breezeways, so residents can pass freely between buildings. Most of the dorm’s floors are divided into suites, which can be either four double-occupancy rooms, a triple-occupancy room or a single-occupancy room. Watterson Towers was named after Arthur W. Watterson, a popular professor and chair of the Illinois State Geography Department, who taught at the University from 1946-66.
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
There are few interesting stories explaining why Alabama’s sports teams are known as the Crimson Tide and why its mascot is an elephant. In 1907, after the conclusion of a football game between Alabama and Auburn, Hugh Roberts, who was the sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald at the time, described Alabama as the Crimson Tide due to the crimson-colored mud that had stained their white jerseys. The phrase “Roll Tide,” which is often cheered by students and fans of Alabama sports teams, was said to illustrate the resemblance between the varsity football team running on the field and the ocean’s tide rolling in. In 1930, the school’s mascot first came to be known as an elephant after Everett Strupper, sports writer of the Atlanta Journal, wrote in an article describing the Crimson Tide’s 64-0 stomping of Ole Miss. Strupper wrote: “At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.” The mascot stuck and it remains a part of the University’s logo today.
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
To celebrate the end of the spring semester, Connecticut puts on a three-day event called Spring Weekend. Over the course of a weekend in April, students take part in a range of free activities such as lawn games and sports tournaments, community service projects, performances by entertainers, movie viewings, a 5k race, a fashion show and a talent competition, among many others. In years past, Spring Weekend has hosted big-time performers like Kanye West, O.A.R., 50 Cent, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar and Steve Aoki. This past year, comedian Adam Devine performed a stand up comedy show at Spring Weekend. Devine has starred in shows such as Comedy Central’s Workaholics and ABC’s Modern Family. He also appeared in the movie Pitch Perfect.