How important is the college you attend for your undergraduate degree?
I have gotten into several schools, with varied reputations. My parents would like me to attend the most challenging and reputable from an academic standpoint. I want to find the right fit. #college #college-advice #college-selection
The students we work with often have to deal with this unfortunate pressure. The truth is this - it's not neccessarily where you go, but what you do when you get there. I've seen very successful students graduate from community colleges to ivy league institutions. I've also seen the opposite as well, where going to a particular school didn't land a student a particular job or outcome. Job employment rates are never an accurate assessment at any college no matter what anyone tells you. They are ballpark figures based on survey data.
You want to be focused on these:
- RPG - Retention Rate ≥ 75% (national avg is 61%), Progression Rate , and 6 year Graduation Rate ≥ 70% (national avg is 59%)
- Student loan default rate - indicates students ability to pay back loans after college. higher the rate typically means they aren't finding employment that allows them to pay back loans or the college is too expensive
- Percent of students who intern or co-op
Some questions to consider include:
1) Do they have the major you want?
2) Will be happy? Does the social situation fit your personality?
3) Does it fit your financial situation?
4) Do they have clubs that fit your interest?
5) Do they have resources to get you summer internships and eventually a job or graduate school
6) Is it a desirable location? You may end up living in the city in which you attend college.