• Archive for April, 2009

    100 Free and Excellent Online SAT Prep Tools

    Apr 30th, 2009

    By Sarah Russel

    Many students spend months stressing out about taking the SATs. After all, scores can make a big difference in many colleges’ willingness to accept students, so the effects of not doing well on the exam could be quite serious. This collection of online resources is designed to help you get the preparation, confidence and practice you need to do well on the exam, and hopefully increase your chances of getting into your top choice school.

    Know What to Expect

    These articles and guides lay out the basics of the SAT from how it’s formatted to how you need to sign up.

    1. About the SAT: Find out all you need to know about registering and taking the SAT from this site.
    2. SAT Scoring Report Dates: This chart will let you know when you can expect the results of your testing. It may make a big difference if the date falls after registration deadlines so make sure to take it before signing up for the exam.
    3. Test Dates and Fees: Here you’ll find all the dates when the SAT is being offered and what you’ll need to pay to take the exam.
    4. SAT Scores: Learn how SAT scores are calculated, what they mean and what you should aim for on this site.
    5. The SAT at a Glance: Want to know the basics? This Kaplan guide will ensure you know all the important stuff.
    6. ACT vs. SAT: Unsure what the difference is between the two? Don’t know which you should take? This guide can help clear things up.
    7. How SATs Work: This article of HowStuffWorks will explain to you in detail how the SAT functions and what you can expect when you take it.
    8. All About the SAT: Check out this guide from About.com to learn what you or your child will need to know prior to taking the test.
    9. What is the SAT?: Here you’ll get a straightforward answer as to just what the SAT is and how you’ll take it.
    10. Why Take the SAT?: If you don’t know why you need to take the SAT, this guide may provide some valuable insight into the long term effects of the test.
    11. PSAT vs. SAT: If you’ve already taken the PSAT learn how it compares to the SAT from this helpful article.

    General Test Preparation

    Pay these sites a visit to learn how best to prepare yourself to take the SAT.

    1. SAT Skills Insight: This tool will help you examine what will be expected from each section of the test and how you can build your skills to be better prepared for test day.
    2. SAT Test Preparation Tips: This site gives you advice on planning for every aspect of your testing experience.
    3. New Strategies for the SAT: Some changes have been made to the test in recent years. Make sure you’re prepared.
    4. SAT: 100 Success Secrets: This GoogleBooks title won’t let you read the whole thing, but there are numerous free sections that can be useful when prepping for the exam.
    5. 6 General SAT Prep Tips: Taken from the Official SAT Study Guide, this list will help you to know what’s important when getting ready for the SAT so you don’t miss out on any of the big stuff.
    6. How to Succeed with SAT Preparation: Visit this site to learn how you can make the most out of your preparation and ensure you’re in great shape for test day.
    7. Insider Tips for SAT Preparation: From using your study time wisely to tips for each part of the test, this guide will make it easier to navigate SAT prep.
    8. SAT Prep in 7 Steps: Check out this preparatory list to learn inexpensive ways to get ready for the exam and still do great.
    9. 5 Reasons to Take the SAT: Unsure how the SAT will help you outside of getting you into college? These benefits may surprise you.
    10. SAT Testing: What You Need to Know: This guide from Peterson’s will help you sign up, study and understand the SAT.
    11. Preparing for the SAT/ACT: FastWeb, an online scholarship search engine, offers this advice-filled article about how to get ready for the SAT with suggestions about free resources, books, software and courses.

    Test Taking Tips

    These tips can help you big time when you actually go in to take the test. You’ll learn what to bring, how to manage your time and much more.

    1. General Test-Taking Approaches: This guide from CollegeBoard can help give you some ideas of what to do if you don’t know an answer or need help on time management.
    2. SAT Test Day Tips: Don’t get a lower score because you arrived to the test unprepared. This site offers some ideas on how to feel good and avoid complications when testing.
    3. Test Day Guide: Learn what to bring, what to wear and how to manage testing stress from this helpful guide.
    4. What to Expect on Test Day and How to Prepare for It: The title of this article says it all. You’ll get some great insights into how to keep your cool, manage time and ensure you’re comfortable and confident throughout your test.
    5. Top Ten Test Taking Tips for Students: These general tips can help you do well on the SAT as well as any other test you may have to take.
    6. Test Taking and Anxiety: Does the thought of taking a test fill you with dread? This site offers advice on getting ready, staying organized and dealing with those feelings of anxiety that can sabotage your success.
    7. Memory Tips and Test Taking Strategies: Boost your chances of remembering what you studied and getting through your test without a hitch by checking out this site.
    8. Top 10 SAT and ACT Test-Taking Tips: Learn the basics of succeeding on the SAT with these simple tips.
    9. SAT Test Day: The Night Before and Morning Of: This article from ePrep will help remember all the little things that can prepare you for taking the SAT.
    10. Test Day Mishaps: While you should avoid these scenarios, if you do run into any problems this site can help you to find out what to do.

    Free Complete Tests

    These free tests will let you experience what it will really be like to take the exam, so you’ll be plenty ready when the real test day arrives.

    1. CollegeBoard SAT Practice Test: Print out this test to get some much-needed practice.
    2. Kaplan Free SAT Practice Test: This test allows you to gauge your skills in an online format and get a feel for what the real deal will be like.
    3. ProProfs SAT Practice Exams: Here you’ll find three different practice exams that will let you test your skills prior to test day.
    4. Peterson’s Free Practice Test: Take this online test for a chance to learn what it’s like to work in a timed situation.
    5. Princeton Review Free SAT: This site offers students the chance to sign up to take a free, in-person SAT exam. You’ll get the full experience of testing so you’ll be more than prepared when you take it for real.
    6. Princeton Review Online Test: Princeton Review also offers an online version of the SAT for students who’d prefer to prepare at home.
    7. Spark Notes SAT Practice Test: At SparkNotes, you’ll be able to take a full version of the SAT for practice. If you don’t have the time for a full exam, they also offer a mini-test.
    8. 4Tests SAT: This version of the test is from a few years back but will still help you practice your SAT skills.
    9. INeedAPencil SAT Tests: You’ll need to register for this site to access the materials but once you do you’ll get two free exams in PDF format.
    10. eNotes SAT Practice Tests: Register for this site and you’ll get access to a full SAT exam that you can take online.

    Flashcards and Games

    If you’re looking for an easy way to learn vocabulary or practice math problems, try out these online and printable flashcards and fun games.

    1. Kaplan’s Skill Builders: These games will make it fun and easy to study for your SAT.
    2. ProProfs SAT Flashcards: Give these free flashcards a try to get some cheap and effective practice for the exam.
    3. SAT Vocabulary Prep Flashcards: Improve your vocabulary for the SAT and beyond with these flashcards.
    4. Sheppard Software Vocabulary Games: Don’t make learning words a bore. These games will quiz you and help you build skills.
    5. Vocabulary Flashcards and Quizzes: Here you’ll find a great selection of tools to help you learn words that might show up on the exam.
    6. Flashcard Exchange: This site is designed to allow users to create and share flashcards on just about everything. You’ll find numerous SAT sets to help you prepare.
    7. Undergrad Flash: This program, which you can use for free during a trial period, tests you on common SAT vocabulary words.
    8. Vocabulary.com Test Prep: Here you’ll get tests and puzzles designed specifically to help you improve your ACT/SAT scores.
    9. 100 Most Common SAT Words: Play these matching, concentration, word search and flashcard games to learn while having fun.

    Practice Questions

    To prepare for specific areas of the test, these practice questions can be a great way to get focused practice.

    1. Official SAT Question of the Day: Those who are studying for the SAT several months in advance may find these daily questions a big help.
    2. SAT Test Practice Modules: These independent learning modules will allow you to test specific skills you’ll need on the exam like geometry, proper comma placement and reading graphs.
    3. Kaplan SAT Practice Questions: Each section of the test is covered by these helpful and free practice questions.
    4. Kaplan’s Facebook SAT Challenge: Why not integrate your studying into your social networking? This great app allows you to get quizzes and questions right in your Facebook account.
    5. ProProfs Practice Questions: Here you’ll get access to numerous questions in every category that can be a great help in studying for the exam.
    6. SAT Prep Tests: This site is home to quizzes to help you test your math skills and build your vocab.
    7. English-Test.net SAT Practice: If you’re in the mood to study your vocabulary and grammar this site is full of helpful quizzes and tests.
    8. SAT Prep Definitions Quizzes: Here you’ll find a collection of quizzes that can help you study the vocab you’ll need to perform well in the critical reading section.
    9. MajorTests.com Practice Questions: Whether you want to work on math, vocab or reading, these free questions will help you study right.
    10. My SAT Practice Free Questions: Both reading and mathematic skills are testable with these free questions.

    Critical Reading Help

    Use these tools to help you improve your chances of doing well on the critical reading portion of the test.

    1. Critical Reading: Students unsure of what they can expect from the critical reading section can find all the important info here.
    2. Sentence Completion Practice: These types of questions will make up a quarter of your critical reading section, so get great practice here with ten free quizzes.
    3. Vocabulary Practice: Check out this site to get instruction on vocab you’ll need for sentence completion, critical reading and analogies.
    4. Reading Comprehension Practice: You can expect to answer several questions related to reading comprehension on the SAT. These practice questions will give you an idea of what those questions will be like.
    5. SAT Critical Reading Prep: PBS.com provides this PDF file with tips and suggestions for doing well on this portion of the exam.
    6. About.com: SAT Critical Reading: Even if you’re not a great reader you’ll find helpful tips on this site.
    7. Syvum SAT Test Preparation: From specific questions to general vocabulary practice, this site has numerous tools to help you perform better.
    8. Mastering Critical Reading Questions: Step-by-Step: This guide makes it super simple to work your way through even the toughest critical reading questions.
    9. Critical Reading Strategies: Use these strategies to ensure you don’t get hung up on questions and waste valuable time.
    10. SAT Critical Reading Questions: Check out this site for some free sample questions to get your studying off on the right track.

    Math Prep

    These sites and tools are designed to help students learn the math skills they need to do well in the mathematics portion of the SAT.

    1. Math: Check out this guide to learn what you need to know about the format and time allotted for the math section.
    2. Practice Exams for Math Reasoning: You can expect to see some of these types of questions on your exam so practice ahead of time with these exams.
    3. OnlineMathLearning Free SAT Practice Test: Register for this site and you’ll be able to take a free test that covers the math portion of the exam.
    4. SAT Mathematics Review: This site has review sections for every type of question you’ll see on the exam.
    5. Study Guide Zone Math Practice Questions: These questions will give you some extra practice for the SAT.
    6. SAT Math Sampler: This introductory quiz can help you determine which areas you need to spend more time studying.
    7. SAT Math Problem of the Day: Get daily practice for the SAT by checking out this Yahoo! website.
    8. Mathaid.com SAT Practice: The full version of this program does cost to use, but you can try out select lessons for nothing with the demo offered.
    9. WebMath: If you find yourself getting stuck on math problems or just want to learn more about math this site can be a great resource.
    10. Free Math Help: From basic math like fractions to more complicated algebra, this site offers a number of free math teaching resources.

    Writing Improvement

    If you know writing is your weakest skill, then use these tools to get some help before you take the test.

    1. Writing: Here you’ll find a guide to everything you can expect from the writing section, from how much time you’ll have to what the test is designed to measure.
    2. Past SAT Essay Prompts: While you won’t see any of these on your exam, they can be a great reference for knowing what to expect and how to write an essay for the test.
    3. SAT Writing Section: This article will give you a little background on the writing section as well as tips on performing well.
    4. Essay Writing for the SAT: Check out this site for sample essays, formats and practice topics.
    5. SAT Writing: On this blog you’ll find a large number of tips designed to help you improve your writing.
    6. SAT Quiz: Writing Section: This Encarta quiz will let you practice your writing skills ahead of time.
    7. Writing for the SAT: Build your confidence and skills by learning what you can from this helpful guide.
    8. SAT Writing Essentials: This whole book is free to use, giving you information on improving your writing, formatting an essay and some great practice quizzes.
    9. The SAT Writing Cram Sheet: These tips will help you remember the most important things you’ll need to know for the exam.
    10. SAT Writing Practice Questions: Gear up for the real thing by practicing at home with these free questions.

    Study Guides and Forums

    Find a little help and guidance from experts and other students through these resources.

    1. ProProfs SAT Wiki: On this site you’ll find numerous articles, notes and study guides to help you prepare.
    2. SAT Test Forum: Chat with other students who are going to take the exam or have already taken in to get some insights and advice.
    3. SAT Exam Prep Study Guide: This complete study guide will walk you through each part of the exam, giving you practice questions along the way.
    4. PinkMonkey SAT Study Guide: This site offers a myriad of study guides and reading materials, including those designed to help you perform better on the SAT.
    5. Study Beans SAT Study Guide: From creating a study plan to focusing on each section of the test, you’ll find tons of helpful information here.
    6. How to Choose a Study Guide for the SAT: If you do want to invest in study materials this guide will help you figure out what’s right for you so you won’t waste money and time.
    7. Preparation Forum for the SAT: This site will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and read discussions about the SAT.
    8. College Confidential SAT and ACT Forums: Check out these forums to learn more from your peers about these exams.
    9. SAT Test Forum and Information: From general information to study tips, you’ll find all kinds of great tips and advice on this forum.

    100 Best Twitter Feeds for College Sports Fanatics

    Apr 9th, 2009

    If you’re crazy about your college sports, you’ll be glad to know there’s a great tool for keeping up with your favorite teams in real time — Twitter. You can follow coaches, schools, teams, and more through the service. Check out these feeds for up-to-the minute information on all your favorite college teams.


    Check out these school feeds if you’re a major fan

    1. @RalphieReport: @RalphieReport offers updates from Colorado Buffaloes athletics.
    2. @txlonghorns: See what’s going on with the Texas Longhorns from @txlonghorns.
    3. @bighouse: The Michigan Wolverines discuss victories and news in The Big House here.
    4. @aggies: You’ll be kept up to date on developments from the Texas A&M Aggies through @aggies.
    5. @UNLVAthletics: Get official updates from UNLV Athletics here.
    6. @PUTIGERS: Find updates on Princeton University athletic events from @PUTIGERS.
    7. @harvardcrimson: @harvardcrimson is the official twitter feed of Harvard Athletics.
    8. @NunesMagician: Sean Keeley discusses Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse.
    9. @WPIAthletics: Here you’ll find athletics news, events, and score updates.
    10. @DePaulAthletics: Here you’ll find the official Twitter feed of the DePaul Blue Demons.
    11. cubuffs: You’ll get the latest on the Colorado Buffaloes from @cubuffs.
    12. @BUAthletics: Find official updates from Boston University athletics on @BUAthletics.
    13. @osucowboys: @osucowboys covers anything and everything about the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
    14. @USCTrojans_com: You’ll get full coverage of the USC Trojans from this Twitter feed.
    15. @UWSportsNews: Here you’ll get sports news from the Washington Huskies.
    16. USInsider: Get the inside scoop on Princeton from Michael Cross, the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Princeton University.
    17. @huskers: Check out @huskers to see what’s going on with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
    18. @SyracuseStats: Learn about news, scores, and stats from Syracuse on @SyracuseStats.
    19. @Sidelines: You’ll find updates on the University of Kentucky from @Sidelines.
    20. @BroncoNationNOW: @BroncoNationNOW is the Twitter feed behind the Bronco Nation blog and podcast.
    21. @ICGaels: Iona College Athletics offers updates on this Twitter feed.
    22. @BuckeyeKev: Kevin Pressler is a fervent supporter of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
    23. @UWBadgersdotcom: Read news about University of Wisconsin Athletics from the Wisconsin Badget mascot.
    24. @sooners: @sooners offers a great source on information on the Oklahoma Sooners.
    25. @PB_at_BON: Follow Longhorn Mania with Peter Bean.
    26. @GoLSUTigers: Follow LSU football and more when you follow this Twitter stream.


    Follow organizations like the NCAA and conferences on these Twitter feeds.

    1. @NCAA: You’ll get scores and more from @NCAA on Twitter.
    2. @bigtenconf: Follow @bigtenconf to learn about the Big Ten Conference.
    3. @d3hoops: @d3hoops covers news from NCAA Division III basketball.
    4. @CentennialConf: Learn about the NCAA Division III conference from this Twitter feed.
    5. @NCAADoubleAZone: @NCAADoubleAZone discusses news from the official blog of the NCAA.
    6. @NCAANews: Read news about Pac10Rivalry: Follow the Pac10 through this Twitter feed.
    7. NCAC: Keri Luchowski offers updates from the North Coast Athletic Conference.
    8. @SECSportsUpdate: You can find official news on the Southeastern Conference from @SECSportsUpdate.
    9. @FastTimesSEC: Here you’ll find news and commentary about SEC football.
    10. @BigTenNetwork: The Big Ten Network is all about Big Ten fans talking about sports.
    11. @BehindtheNCAA: You can get inside info on college sports from @BehindtheNCAA.
    12. @caazone: Get coverage of the Colonial Athletic Association at @caazone.
    13. @BigWestMBB: Follow men’s basketball in the Big West Conference through @BigWestMBB.
    14. @atlantic10: Through @atlantic10, you can follow the happenings of the Atlantic 10 conference.
    15. @BigTen_Score: @BigTen_Score serves up scores from the Big Ten conference.
    16. @TheMWC: Check out @TheMWC to get official news from the Mountain West Conference.


    These Twitter feeds feature head coaches and more.

    1. @CoachMiles: Tim Miles is the head coach of CSU men’s basketball.
    2. @Ryan_Darcy: Ryan Darcy is the pitching coach for Manhattan College baseball.
    3. @CoachSark: Follow Coach Steve Sarisian, the head football coach at the University of Washington.
    4. @utesoccer: Rich Manning is the coach of the women’s soccer team at University of Utah.


    Learn what’s happening in bowls from these Twitter feeds.

    1. @ATTCottonBowl: This Twitter feed offers official news from the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
    2. @FiestaBowl: @FiestaBowl is full of official news and sports musings.


    These Twitter feeds represent large media outlets for college sports.

    1. @espn: ESPN Sports News shares the latest from college football, basketball, and more.
    2. @AP_Sports: Follow @AP_Sports to be the first to know about sports news.
    3. @dailyorange: Get sports updates from The Daily Orange, the independent student paper at Syracuse.
    4. LATimessports: @LATimessports offers reports on what’s going on in national and Southern California sports.
    5. @pretzel_logic: @pretzel_logic represents Philly.com’s blog about college sports.
    6. @FOXSportscom: @FOXSportscom is the Twitter presence for FOXSports.com.
    7. @nbc_sports: @nbc_sports covers sports news from NBC Sports and msnbc.com.
    8. @nytimessports: Get news from the experts at New York Times sports.
    9. @osknights: The Orlando Sentinel writes about the Knights here.
    10. @BillPlaschke: This columnist at the LA times is also a regular panelist on ESPN’s "Around the Horn."
    11. @OregonianSports: You’ll find sports updates from The Oregonian here.
    12. @osgridiron: Find college football from the Orlando Sentinel on @osgridiron.
    13. @dmatter: Dave Matter is a college football writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune.
    14. @ESPN360: Check out @ESPN360 to find out which sports are streaming live.
    15. @orlandosports: The Orlando Sentinel reports on Central Florida sports here.
    16. @PSbasketball: Find coverage of Syracuse University’s men’s basketball from the Post Standard on @PSbasketball.
    17. @ESPN_Brackets: This stream follows the NCAA tournament.


    Check out these Twitter feeds for specific sports, like football, basketball, and hockey.

    1. @RUTWncaaf: @RUWTncaaf covers NCAA football.
    2. @clemsonfootball: Rob Williams offers updates on Clemson Football here.
    3. @BracketBusters: @BracketBusters loves college hoops.
    4. @nikebasketball: @nikebasketball covers anything and everything basketball.
    5. @princetontigers: You can find updates from Princeton basketball on this Twitter feed.
    6. @bracketdobber: @bracketdobber is "blogging the bracket."
    7. @umhoops: @umhoops offers unofficial University of Michigan basketball news.
    8. @bbstate: @bbstate is all about too much college basketball.
    9. @CollegeHoopsNet: Find loads of knowledge about college basketball through College Hoops Net.
    10. @RUWTncaab: This Twitter stream will keep you up to date on college basketball.
    11. @psubaseball: Get Penn State baseball scores and more from @psubaseball.
    12. @TheCBB: Follow the College Baseball Blog through @TheCBB.
    13. @rhodybaseball: Follow the happenings of the University of Rhode Island baseball team from @rhodybaseball.
    14. @BadgerMBBall: Here you’ll find official news from Wisconsin Badger Men’s Basketball.
    15. @BracketBuster: Get NCAA tournament news from @BracketBuster.
    16. @huskerhellion: Find Husker football updates, links, rumors and more on @huskerhellion.
    17. @usffootball: This Twitter stream has official news on USF Football.
    18. @GatorsNow: @GatorsNow follows Florida Gators football and basketball.
    19. @BadgerMHockey: @BadgerMHockey is your source for Wisconsin men’s hockey.
    20. @chnews: Get updated on college hockey news through @chnews.
    21. @BadgerRowing: See what the Badger rowing team is up to through this Twitter feed.
    22. @BSUHockey: Learn about Bemidji State University hockey from @BSUHockey.
    23. @CornNation: This tweeter is addicted to Husker football.
    24. @cffwire: Get college football fever from @cffwire.
    25. @BadgerFootball: You can get official news about the Wisconsin football team from this Twitter feed.


    These Twitter feeds cover a wide variety of college sports.

    1. @collegeathlete: Karen Weaver is a college athletic recruiting educator.
    2. @FanNation: @FanNation is a sports social network from Sports Illustrated.
    3. @sbncollege: This sports blog is written for college sports fans, by college sports fans.
    4. @LearfieldSports: Aaron Worsham discusses collegiate sports marketing and beyond.
    5. @BleacherReport: Max at BleacherReport offers an open source sports network.
    6. @GSPWINS: Get sports picks and predictions from @GSPWINS.
    7. @thesportsdiva: Diva Cherie Lampley is a big fan of sports.
    8. @idiotsonsports: Here, three idiots talk about sports.

    10 Surprising Celebs Who Are Ivy-League Educated

    Apr 1st, 2009

    Because of the roles they play, or perhaps because it’s easier to reconcile our own mundane lives with the possibility of celebrity by assuming beautiful, talented, rich people can’t also be smart, it’s easy to underestimate the true intelligence of our favorite stars. But whether it makes you feel worse about yourself or not, an Ivy-League education doesn’t lie. These celebrities may have starred in comic book films and comedy TV shows, but they’re also super smart.

    1. David Duchovny: Actor David Duchovny has gone from The X-Files to Californication, and from a seemingly happy marriage to Tea Leoni to a rehab stint for sex addiction. He has been nominated for an Emmy four times, and is a two-time Golden Globe winner, but Duchovny is also a graduate of two Ivy League universities. Raised in New York City, Duchovny attended the elite Collegiate School for Boys, and then enrolled in Princeton University, where he won a college prize from the Academy of American Poets. Duchovny also has a Master’s degree in English literature from Yale University.
    2. Wentworth Miller: Wentworth Miller has penetrating eyes, a pretty-boy face, and probably a killer paycheck. Miller stars as Michael Scofield on the Fox TV show Prison Break, but the British-born, Brooklyn-raised actor started performing in high school with an annual musical production group. After high school, Miller attended Princeton, where he studied English literature and was a member of the a capella group the Princeton Tigertones.
    3. Natalie Portman: Natalie Portman was a famous, successful actress long before her Harvard days, and that’s why it’s no secret that the stunningly gorgeous actress from Long Island is just as smart as she is beautiful and talented. Portman was born in Jerusalem, and when she was three years old, her family moved to Washington, D.C., then Connecticut, and then to Long Island, NY. While in school, Portman appeared in movies like The Professional, Mars Attacks! and Everyone Says I Love You. When Portman joined the cast of the new Star Wars prequel trilogy, she became an international star, while she was still in high school. Portman continued to film the Star Wars films while on breaks from Harvard where she studied psychology. She graduated in 2003, and in 2004, she began graduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to acting in important films like Cold Mountain, V for Vendetta, and Goya’s Ghosts. Portman has also served as a guest lecturer at Columbia University, was named a Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International during a trip to Ecuador, and has supported numerous advocacy groups for animal rights, humanitarian efforts, environmental causes, the Democratic party, and more.
    4. Amanda Peet: Film actress Amanda Peet got her big break after appearing in The Whole Nine Yards and has acted steadily since then, in movies like Something’s Gotta Give, The Ex, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and Syriana. Peet credits an acting class she took at Columbia University with inspiring her to become a professional actress. She graduated from Columbia with a degree in history, and then began appearing in commercials, TV shows and independent films.
    5. Edward Norton: Edward Norton has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, screenwriter and director since the 1990s. His breakout role was Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear, for which he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. Norton has also acted in Rounders, Fight Club, The Illusionist, The Hulk, and 25th Hour, among other films. Norton acted at summer camp and as a history student at Yale. His friends at school there include Paul Giamatti and Ron Livingston.
    6. Joy Bryant: Joy Bryant is a beautiful model and actress who often shows up on the red carpet, at Fashion Week and at other social events and parties in LA and New York. But she was discovered by a modeling scout when she was a student at Yale University. Bryant dropped out of Yale and has worked for Tommy Hilfiger, RocaWear, and other brands. As an actress, Bryant appeared in Get Rich or Die Tryin, Antwone Fisher, and other films.
    7. Rashida Jones: When Rashida Jones joined the cast of The Office, her character was known as the girl who gave Pam competition for being "the token hot girl" at work. In real life, the beautiful Rashida Jones is the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, and grew up in Sherman Oaks, CA, where she was a classically trained musician and top student. She was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in high school, and then went on to Harvard to study law. Instead, Jones turned to theater and music, and even composed the score for one of the annual Hasty Pudding Theatricals performances. Jones graduated from Harvard in 1997 after studying religion and philosophy.
    8. John Krasinski: John Krasinski, better known as Jim from The Office is a very smart, very creative guy. He grew up in Boston, MA, and attended high school with future Office co-star B.J. Novak, with whom he collaborated on theatre projects. After taking a semester off post-graduation, Krasinski attended Brown University and studied playwriting. He graduated from Brown in 2001, and acted in commercials, TV shows and off-Broadway shows. Besides The Office, Krasinski acted in films like Kinsey, Jarhead and Leatherheads. Krasinski’s own project, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, an adaptation of the David Foster Wallace work which Krasinski wrote and directed, will open in 2009.
    9. Famke Janssen: Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress who plays sexy, smart roles in films like the X-Men movies and Golden Eye. In the 1980s, Janssen was a model with Elite Model Management. After working for top brands like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, Janssen attended Columbia University, where she studied writing and literature. Despite the success she has enjoyed for more commercial films, Janssen continues to pursue more thoughtful work through films like Turn the River, for which she won the Special Jury Best Actress Award by the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2007. In 2008, Janssen was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity.
    10. Maggie Gyllenhaal: Maggie Gyllenhaal is an indie film actress who, thanks to her role in The Dark Knight, has started receiving broader recognition for her work. Gyllenhaal, who is the sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal and daughter of Eric Foner, a history professor at Columbia University, began her film acting career when she was just 15. After graduating high school in Los Angeles, she attended Columbia in New York, where she studied literature and Eastern religions. Gyllenhaal graduated in 1999 and then moved to London to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.