07/11/2012 10:47 am ET

First Colleges: Schools That Made History (SLIDESHOW)

Contrary to popular playground songs, "first" is rarely the worst.

Taking a dive into American and world history, we figured out what was the first clown college, the first film school and other significant "firsts" in the history of higher education.

Think you know your college history? Check out our slideshow to see a list of "first" colleges:

The "First" Colleges