Tim Cordes was a physician with blindness. He was the third blind medical student in the U.S in 1998. Despite his impressive resume, the University of Wisconsin’s medical school was the only one to accept him. They accommodated him and his service dog, Vance, went with him to clinicals.
Helen Keller was accepted to Harvard in 1900. Mark Twain introduced her to Standard Oil magnate, Henry Rogers, who paid for her education. And in 1904, she became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Three german students got sued by their alma mater for 10,000€ because they graduated “too fast”. They completed their bachelors and masters degree within 4 instead of 11 semesters by attending different lectures and sharing notes. Then they founded a ghostwriting agency.
Because American textbooks are sold at a lower price in Thailand, somebody was reselling them in the US and making enough of a profit to get sued by the publishers, the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against the publishers because the “first sale” doctrine applies everywhere, not just the US.
There were over 8000 waiters and waitresses with Ph.D. or professional degree in the US according to a 2010 study. In total, 317.000 of them had at least a college degree.
In 2020, a Japanese University has granted the first ever Masters Degree in Ninja Studies.
Trinity Southern University was sued for allegedly selling fake degree after investigators were able to obtain a fake college degree for their cat.
From 1919 to 1969, Cornell University’s home economics programs provided students in the program with “practice babies” from orphanages. The babies were all given the last name “Domecon,” shortened from the “Domestic Economy” program.
In 1965, sister Mary Kenneth Keller was the first woman to get a Ph.D in computer science. She believed that the use of computers have boundless capacity for the sharing of information.
Sister Mary worked on developing the BASIC programming language. BASIC is a way of translating the zeroes and ones of computer code into something more intuitive and straightforward. It is a general-purpose, high level programming language which helped broaden computer programming into non maths and science fields, subsequently giving many people their first experience with programming.
Professors of universities during the Vietnam War inflated students’ grades in order to help them avoid the draft.