From the East Coast to the West Coast, there are hundreds of colleges and universities that we’re all familiar with. There are certainly the Ivies, big state schools, and select private institutions that we’ve received seemingly endless emails and letters about (and likely know a million people who go there), but what about the ones we may have missed? Here, HC lists four schools in the U.S. that you may have never heard of before, but now you’ll be glad you did:
1. HAMBURGER UNIVERSITY: OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS
Nope, it isn’t a myth—a McDonald’s school entirely devoted to training individuals in “restaurant operations procedures, service, quality, and cleanliness” does in fact exist. Aimed at promoting quality, service, and value, HU is a college for the basic restauranteur. It is McDonald’s’s worldwide management center, housed on a well-landscaped site of more than 80 acres near lakes, trails, and trees. Five thousand students attend each year and graduate to move on to restaurant managerial positions.
The school’s 19 full-time professors are trained to teach not only basic restaurant and McDonald’s protocol, but also leadership skills for beyond the workplace. What kind of classes might you be enrolled in if you’re an official HU student? You can sign up for the Executive Development track, to learn high executive-level skills like sales growth and employee support. Not your style? Consider the Mid-Management learning path, where you can learn how to efficiently run a business. With a curriculum that offers other tracks like Crew Development and Shift and Systems Management, HU receives college credit recommendations from the American Council on Education.
An interesting quirk? The school is an Energy Star labeled building, meaning that it is energy efficient. They are even hoping to get approval by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which has stamped well-known buildings like the Hearst Tower in New York. Now you can go green and learn how to run a successful food business!
2. OHIO COLLEGE OF CLOWN ARTS: AKRON, OHIO
Leggings, UGGs, and designer purses aren’t the trends of all trends at this school. Instead, red noses, outrageous costumes, and white face paint reign supreme! For those who wish to pursue a job in entertainment, this college offers 30 weeks of instruction and several classes to learn the way of the clown. Their curriculum is offered for students 16 and over and no prior experience is necessary unless you’re taking a higher level course. Graduates go on to work, not just at the circus, but also at fairs, festivals, store openings, birthdays, and more.
This college’s Clown 101 course is called “Clown Characterization,” where students dive into the world of clown characters through makeup, costumes, and behavior for seven weeks. Following this, students can engage in advanced classes like “Physical Clowning” where one can learn how to “walk into walls, trip, fall, hit and be hit,” as well as makeup application and juggling. Much like a senior thesis or final project, students who aim to graduate from OCCA must design a performance for a public graduation ceremony. At this school, it’s cool to clown around!