12/20/2010 03:29 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Why Do College Students Get Such Long Winter Vacations?

Many college students have already landed at home for a long winter's nap, taking back their old bedrooms and vying for control of the remote. In 2009, the Explainer answered why college students get such long breaks. The column is reprinted below.

Most working adults don't get much official time off during the holidays--the Explainer, for instance, is only released into the wild on Christmas and New Year's Day. But students get tons of vacation time--some college breaks last as long as six weeks. How'd these kids get so lucky?

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