Are you the coolest kid in you high school’s graduating class? Do you ever find yourself wondering which college or university will really get you? Well, those consummate tastemakers over at the Huffington Post have come through in clutch once again, as they’ve just issued their annual list of The Most Hipster Colleges in the country. If you checked out the list back in 2010, you may be surprised to find that there have been some major shake-up’s in the line-up this time around.
2011 finds Iowa’s Grinnell College breaking into the starting hip rotation, as it apparently has taken on an aire of “pre-cool (or maybe post-cool) irony, like mom jeans, giant teddy bear sweaters and aviator glasses.” Obviously, this list was complied with its tongue placed firmly in its cheek, but it still made me gag a couple of times. At any rate, these college’s inclusion on the Huffington Post’s list should send up a red flag, signaling schools that you should perhaps skip sending an application to. The mere face that Grinnell is even included on this thing, immediately excludes it from any conversation dealing with genuinely hip colleges. The only New York school to make the list was The Parsons New School of Design. Take that RISD!
Next year, I plan on starting up a college of my very own, in hopes that it will someday make the cut of this pretigious list. I envision our mascot being a pet rock with googley eyes glued onto it, and our quad taking the shape of Albert Hammond Jr’s afro. Of course, the dining hall will exclusively serve hummus. I’m currently taking suggestions concerning what the school’s fight song should be, but I’m tentatively leaning toward a tune done by the Pitchfork BNM’d group Sleigh Bells.
Is your school on the list? Your thoughts?- Zaius