In the wake of the recent college admissions scandal, many people are wondering whether it actually matters what college you go to.
For these parents, it was extremely important that their child got into a prestigious school at all costs. Clearly, they didn’t go about it the right way, but the pressure to have their child attend an “elite” college was great enough to motivate them to take drastic measures.
But does your school even matter? Does attending an elite college actually lead to better outcomes after graduating?
Getting into college is exciting–receiving the envelope and imagining your future. But not all colleges are created equal.
For-profit colleges, in particular, have been criticized for being dishonest about graduate employment statistics and leaving students with lots of student debt. Some have even gone bankrupt after being fined or sued for misleading students.
To help students better understand the risks, NerdWallet and USA Today College put together a list of 5 things to consider before choosing to attend a for-profit college.
Choosing a college is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life. College has a huge impact on you financially, emotionally, socially and academically–and can have a large effect on your future job prospects and earnings.
But no college is right for everyone, and everyone has different ideas about what makes a college best for them.
To make it easier for African-Americans to find colleges that fit their needs and preferences, MONEY collaborated with Essence magazine to analyze more than 1,500 four-year colleges to determine which ones offer the best value for African-American students.
When choosing a college, it’s important to be aware of graduate outcomes from that college and how much you can expect to make once you leave school.
While we wouldn’t recommend choosing a college based on average graduate salaries alone, expected salary is definitely a factor to consider when determining how to pay for college and whether you’ll be able to afford your student loan payments once you graduate.
For students considering college in Upstate New York or our hometown of Western New York, Buffalo Business First put together a list of average graduate salaries from 43 local colleges.
Being based in Western New York, we write a lot about the affordability and quality of schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The SUNY system has been acclaimed for its high bang for the buck for both in-state and out-of-state students.
And a new list of rankings released by Business First backs up the assertion that SUNY colleges are among the best public colleges in the U.S.
We write a lot about evaluating the return on investment of a college when deciding where to attend.
With the price of college rising each year, it’s an extremely important factor to consider when choosing a college and spending thousands of dollars to attend.
To help you figure you the real value of college, The Princeton Review put together a list of the colleges that provide the best return on your investment.
While most students opt for the traditional residential college experience, an online degree can be a good option for someone who’s also working full time while earning a degree, or for older, non-traditional students.
Of course, not all online colleges are created equal. Before investing in an online degree, it’s important to make sure the college offer a quality educational experience and consider factors like faculty credentials, student services, and tuition costs.
There are plenty of college rankings out there based on all sorts of different factors–quality of student, price, return on investment and more.
In light of President Obama’s decision not to provide federal rankings for colleges in favor of a College Scorecard, NPR took matters into their own hands and released their own set of three different college rankings.
We write frequently about the importance of making the most of your college investment.
Given that college is so expensive, it’s crucial for students to maximize their experience and take advantage of opportunities in order to put themselves in the best position come graduation time.