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.
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.
While many colleges offer a great education, there are definitely some that are more accessible to low-income students than others.
For low-income students concerned about the cost of college, it’s important to know which colleges offer generous financial aid and programs that will help them succeed and graduate without taking on enormous student debt.
In an era of sky-high college costs, it’s extremely important to consider a college’s ROI before committing to potentially take out tens–or even hundreds–of thousands of dollars in student loans to go there.
But it can be difficult for students and families to assess the value of a college before deciding whether or not to attend. Many factors, including the student’s major, will play a role in the long-term value of the degree.
We talk a lot about college value, but few rankings systems take affordability into account.
MONEY, however, recently released its yearly list of the colleges ranked by how much value they deliver to the student, by providing a great education at an affordable price and good career prospects.
We’re big fans of their methodology, because unlike the rankings in U.S. News and many other publications, they strive to show students how important it is to consider return on investment when choosing a college.
While there are plenty of national college rankings to help students and families make their college choices, rarely do such rankings focus on a specific geographic area.
That’s why we’re excited that Buffalo Business First has put together a list of the top 10 colleges in Upstate New York–the area where College Financing Group is based.
While the area might be more known for its heavy snowfall, it’s home to a bevy of elite, quality colleges–including an Ivy League college in Cornell University.
While we’ve touted community colleges and public colleges as a way to make college more affordable, private colleges definitely have their benefits–especially those with large endowments, which tend to be most generous with financial aid.
College Factual recently released their list of the top 10 best private colleges in the U.S., based on factors including student body caliber, educational resources, level of degree completion, and post-graduate earnings.