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"What makes a "top college" a good college?

What makes any standard college different from one another?

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Audrey’s Answer

I think the things that make different programs stand out are where their professors come from/what experience the professors have.

Additionally, look at what supplementary programs are available. Do they have a good career development program/networking program? Do they have a vast alumni network?

Lastly, if you can tour the facilities, see what equipment they have and how to trend it is. For example, if it's a media program, they should have a current/relatively new set of camera/audio equipment available to students.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Henry
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Anna’s Answer

The main point is that standard colleges / universities offer better standard of education and better services to the students . They might also pay individual attention to the students . Also when you learn in a standard or a well known college , it can be used as a betterment for your future resumes for job applications .
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Tammy’s Answer

All great responses so far! Rankings are sometimes skewed by things that may have no value to you. “top ranked” college programs like Yale have recently announced they will be opting out of participating in these national rankings which shows you that even the schools don’t always value those rankings. While a reputation of a university could be taken into account there are many lesser known colleges out there some of which have great programs and great faculty. Research and weigh schools based on what’s personally important to you. Make sure the college will match your personal “top school” list.
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Michael’s Answer

research any college to see what the specialties are. If they match your dreams then follow everything Audrey suggested. Also look at location, and where their grads end up working. Contact the school and ask if they have a student org that can give you their experiences in the department you are interested in.
It is not where you go but who teaches there. Really look at student reviews of professors.
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Maria’s Answer

Don't just look at the rankings, take into consideration what is important to you. Think about the following:
- Do you like big or small schools?
- What type of classes are offered in the major you are interested in?
- What is the professor profile?
- Where is the college located?
- Do you need to be close to home?
- How is the culture? What organizations are available?
- How is the job market and what metrics are available to show where students go to after they are done with college? Work right away, go into a masters degree, etc.

Hope by asking these type of questions you can do some research to identify if a top college will give you everything you need. Good luck!
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