Is College Worth It? Best Value Colleges 2016
Decline in registration - Rise in pricing
Universities and colleges around the country are reporting a decline in registration, but the prices are steadily rising to get in. The cost of an education, and the belief that you really don’t need one to succeed is the main reason for this decline. Many students and their parents are pushing to get into programs that relate to STEM, and are leaving liberal arts programs behind. But keep in mind that liberal arts keep your options open, and gives you a broader sense of who you are in relation to the world.
Community Colleges are picking up the fall off by offering Technical Degrees, Associate Degrees, and dual-admission programs by partnering with regional Universities that bring students in from Community Colleges and accept the credits towards gaining a B.A. or further.
But is it worth it? If you are going to invest 4-6 years into gaining a Degree, what is the best value out there, and what should you be looking for?
Enrolling in a Community College can save you money. You get to begin your higher education at a public college for a lower cost, while making the decision whether or not you want to go further. Because many students change their degree choice within the first two years of college, Community College would be the perfect place to spend that first two years. By the time you finish with your Associates, you should know what career choice you want to make.
After you have decided to attend College, the search is now on for the best value you can get. When looking for value, the criteria should be based on whether the school you choose is giving the highest priority to the education received by its students, graduation ranking, and after this then look to the price. We found the following to help you with your search.
The Top Ten According to Forbes.com
- University of California, Berkeley
- Brigham Young University
- University of Florida
- U.C. San Diego
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- U.C. Irvine
Are you going to go to an online school? This type of education is becoming the hottest trend in academia. More and more students are finding that attending an online school gives them the flexibility to work at their jobs, increase skills to boost their lagging careers, while still pursuing their college degree.
Online schools are gaining ground in the degree programs that they offer, and a Bachelor’s Degree is attainable now at more than a few.
“A Babson Research Survey reports in 2015 that: 70.8% of academic leaders stated that online learning is now a …part of their postsecondary institution’s …growth strategy. Furthermore, the growth rate among students enrolled in online college …exceeds that of traditional programs at all schools” (BestColleges.com)
Here we have listed a few attainable degrees online, and the top 3 ranking colleges that provide them according to Open Education Database
The Sage colleges
Stevens Institute of Tech
University of St. Francis-Joliet
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Georgia
University of Washington
Vanguard University of Southern California
UniversityUniversity of Alabama
Savannah College of Art and Design
Rock Mountain College of Art and Design
Loyola University Chicago
Northwood University – Michigan
University of Southern California
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
George Washington University
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
William Woods University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Florida
We found research and data from top statistics gathering agencies that used methods that varied from full-time faculty to job placement rates. Although money is important, it should not be the first factor when looking for value. Financial aid is available to help with your educational needs, so apply to the schools that are high up on retention rates and graduation rates.
Finding and narrowing your options for higher education is going to take effort on your part, and the earlier you get to it the better chance of getting the prime spots. Some schools fill up fast, but there is a drop off list that may be available also, so if you do not get into the classes that you want, check with registration a week into the new semester to see if there are any drops and still time to enroll.
The first week is usually filled with getting to know you lectures and distribution of syllabi for the semester, so you won’t be missing much.
During this research the one thing that was constant was the application process for all schools, and essay writing is still a big determining factor. When deciding to attend college keep your essays in mind and do them before the deadlines are upon you. Help is available for custom writing. Professionals are out there to help you through the tough questions, so instead of getting that new outfit, you may want to consider hiring someone to help you write your essay part of your application. It is not considered plagiarism.
Write down all of the questions that the panels are asking you and send the writers this information with all of the supporting facts about you. They will go through what you send in and compile a professional document that will pass the application process. This is one of the things that makes sense to invest in for your future. Here’s to your college success!