Little doubt exist that selecting a college or university is among life’s most complex and intimidating challenges – for students and parents.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Graduation Rates or Progression Rates
In addition to asking about a school’s graduation rates, find out the progression rate from first to second year. That will give a better indication of the academic and student services programs in the first year and a good indication of the investment a school makes in its first year students.
Make certain you get an outline from the academic department of the academic “map” you need to follow in order to graduate in four, not five or six years.
Some of the best schools in the country have a four year career counseling program and you should find out what each of the schools on your list do to help students get a job at graduation. Ask for the employment statistics of recent graduates.
Find out how each of the schools on your list involves alumni to help students get either internships or entry level jobs. Alumni networks can be essential to recent college graduates.