Choosing a College
College ranking goes beyond the raw ranking that we put forth. As a potential student, it is wise to look at ranking. Ranking is determined on many attributes of a University as well as overall public opinion. Ranking is an estimate only, a median value covering all departments, facilities, and teaching staff etc. We believe a University ranked in the top 100 is extraordinary and will pass its great reputation onto you through your resume. A college in the top 1000 is certainly good (Top 5% out of 25000 Colleges). That being said, there are other attributes that should be examined when choosing a college in addition to reputation.
1) Cost, including financial aid.
2) Location – Most students want a location close to their parents home, but not too close. (2-4 hrs drive)
3) Social Aspects – What does the college offer in terms of fraternities, clubs, etc?
4) Sports – Either as a player or spectator.
4) Dining – Is dining formal or cafeteria style (and associated cost).
5) Campus Safety – Some colleges are safer than others. This should be a consideration.