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Does a college's rating really matter?

I know there's a lot of emphasis on going to a well-rated and prestigious school, but does it really matter in the end? Do schools with better ratings offer better courses? Will I learn anything more there than at a lesser known school? #college

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Frank’s Answer

Of course they do, but what's more important is, "Is this college the right fit for ME?" You'll want to look that it offers classes, majors, and degrees in your area of interest, if it's known in industry circles and at large, how successful it is in graduating students (and "on time", too), and of course whether you can afford it or not. I work with people who graduated from all sorts of universities, well-known and "less known", but in the end what matters is how well they know their stuff and how well they use it! School ratings probably matter more to academic, law, and political careers, but for STEM and many other areas, in my experience, "less of an issue!"

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Rhonda’s Answer

As you search for a college I recommend focusing on the kind of environment you thrive in as opposed to the prestige of the school. There are many less well known schools that can provide a great college experience and opportunities to do well after graduation. I would focus on the size, majors, programs, location, and other factors important to you. You should also look into what companies recruit for your major to help inform your decision as well.
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Reva’s Answer

Hi Jay,


I would not recommend getting caught up the hype of a college rating. I recommend evaluating colleges based on your preferences including but not limited to: size, location, academics, and internship opportunities.


Kind Regards,
Reva

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