Arcanum 1780: A New World
Institutes of Higher Learning
Institutes of Higher Learning
Not everyone educated in Arcanum 1780 is an alumni of the Royal College, here is a brief rundown of the top colleges in the world.
Name: Harvard (New Town)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Notes: Originally founded as New College (Sometimes “The College of New Town”), Harvard was renamed in 1639 in honor of a local patron, clergymen John Harvard, who left the school a large some of money as well as a large collection of books in his will. Harvard is regarded as a place of prestige and social elitism. Harvard is the premier university for lawyers and diplomats.
Name: College of William & Mary
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Notes: the first planned college in America, the original College of Henrico was established in 1618 and included a small school for educating natives in British ways, but was abandoned in 1622 when a native raid overtook the town. Reopened in 1693 as the College of William & Mary (named for King William III and Queen Mary II, who issued the charter), it has remained a dedicated institute for higher learning. College Hall, the central building of William & Mary, is the oldest standing original building in New Britain. 16 signers of The Albany Parliament Of 1754 attended William and Mary, and General George Washington received his surveyors license there – though he wasn’t a graduate. The College of William & Mary is especially known as home office of the first Secretary of Education, Lord Thomas Jefferson.
Name: Yale (Collegiate School)
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Notes: Founded as Collegiate School, the name was changed to Yale in 1718 in recognition of a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company. Yale is an infamous rival of Harvard, and many of it’s early professors were ones that left Harvard for the “less liberal” institution of Yale. Besides rivaling Harvard in Law, Yale is well respected for it’s courses in classic literature, theology and ancient languages.
Name: College of New Jersey
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Notes: The first college founded after the The Gomorrah Event, the College of New Jersey was originally set up as seminary school, but quickly changed its focus on political leadership. The founders of the College of New Jersey wished to name at after then Governor John Belcher, who reportedly remarked “What a hell of a name that would be!”, insisting Belcher College would be forever known as the Institute of Belching within a year. College of New Jersey is infamous for it’s aggressive campaigning for endowments and recruiting of strong minds with possible political futures.
Name: The Royal College (Kings College)
Location: Albany, New York
Notes: The Royal College, is further detailed under the New York page.
Name: College of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Notes: Originally founded by Ben Franklin as a school of practical thought in commerce and public service to balance out the trend of law and theology in all of the institutes of higher learning, the College of Philadelphia never really adopted it’s founders curriculum, instead focusing on law and theology to the point of being a rival to Harvard and Yale. Also abandoned was Franklin’s idea that the College of Philadelphia could be a “charity school”, where tuition would be paid for by trustees and grants. In 1765, the College of Philadelphia opened the first full school medical sciences, though other institutes of higher learning were quick to follow suit.
Name: College of Rhode Island
Location: New Port, Rhode Island
Notes: College of Rhode Island was the first college to not ask students of their religious affiliations on admittance forms. While not a breeding-ground for statesmen like some of the other universities, the College of Rhode Island is a college of science, engineering and literature, and is second only to The Royal College in terms of producing scientists and engineers. The College of Rhode Island is outgrowing it’s campus, and is currently in talks of receiving a huge parcel of land near Providence, Rhode Island from the Brown family, who have several alumni in their family.
Name: Queen’s College
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Notes: Founded by William Franklin as a place to “educate the youth in language, liberal, the divinity, and useful arts and sciences”, Queen’s college has grown from a handful of professors giving lectures in rented halls attached to taverns to a respectable sister-school of The Royal College.
Name: Dartmouth College
Location: Hanover, New Hampshire
Notes: Originally founded as a place to train Native Americans as Christian Missionaries, the necessity of teaching them modern medicine and British law became more and more apparent, and with diplomats going to and coming from the Haudenosaunee Protectorate, it became clear that a course on Haud law would be beneficial to them as well. Now Dartmouth, though smaller than most colleges on this list, rivals Harvard for diplomat training and is one of the few places in New Britain where you can find Haud not only as students, but as lecturers as well.