Tips For Choosing Best Colleges In America: 2014 - 2020
What is a Best College?
Individuals attend colleges, universities, trade and vocational schools, and apprenticeship programs for a variety of reasons. Each person's needs and desires when it comes to education will result in a particular "Best College" or set of best-fitting post-secondary educational institutions for that person.
Be that as it may, a range of popular magazines, workforce professionals, educators, and economists compose multiple lists of Best Colleges in the US every year. We have a Top 100 Best Colleges int eh World" as well. America even has an expanded McDonald's Hamburger University and the Disney program for university credit. Education is never ending in diversity and magnitude in this country, evn though it may need some improvement.
I will begin by listing the Top 10 form a few lists and then finish with my own list that includes my opinion of the best post-secondary institution in America.
The Number One Best College is the world was named Princeton by US News & World Reports and one of the important deciding factors is the high average percentage of Alumni that make donations to the University - 60%. That may not be what is important to you.
University of Oxford, UK
What Is the Most Important Factor In College Choice?
Your Number One Deciding Factor may be any of the following:
- Overall cost of education and room and board,
- Types and amounts of financial aid packages available,
- Status and prestige of the institution,
- Legacy: a family history of attendance at the school,
- High rates of job placement post graduation,
- Areas and topics of research,
- Distance from home,
- Living conditions on or off campus,including residential colleges,
- Types and varieties of courses of study/specialties and certifications, or diplomas offered,
- Whether the ACT or the SAT scores are accepted,
- Specific accreditations of the institution,
- Sustainability initiatives active,
- Arts and culture in school and the local community,
- Sports and recreation programs
Some students are even most concerned about the quality and variety of the food in the student dining facilities. Better factors exist for college choice, however.
Kng's College at University of Cambridge, UK
Surprises In College Choice
Many people are surprised that some of the oldest and most well known colleges and universities are not accredited at all - including Harvard Unversity.
Each student must make a decision about what school to attend for post-secondary education. One first step is to make a budget and form a list of the most important factors for you as an individual. Then, choose several colleges to visit and find out all you can about those things at each school that are important to you in your decision.
Stanford University, Stanford CA, USAClick thumbnail to view full-size
Making Educational Choices
If I enrolled in higher education today, I would first decide on a course of study with a significant chance of resulting in full-time, long lasting employment. In the 2010s, this means Aerospace Sciences and Technologies, Health and Medical Professions, and Computers/Computer Systems Careers, among others.
Since America is still in economic recovery post-Great Recession, I would look for a public in-state school or an out-of-state school in a US State in which it is quick to establish residency for in-state fees. Bible colleges are also fine, but sometimes graduates must go on to a 4-year college in order to acquire an actual degree.
I would avoid students loans if at all possible and secure an on-campus part-time job related to my studies and work.
Next, I would narrow my list to schools that use Green Operations, such as recycling and sustainable energy. They would also have specialty studies and research in sustainability available.
Another factor would be to look at my list and determine schools of substantial diversity among the student body, faculty, and staff. Specifically, this would include researchers in my chosen field(s), because international countries have worthwhile information to share..
I would like a teaching hospital on capmus and a high-tech biosciences department, graduate schools, and a large library of up-to-date materials for research and job search after graduation. Computer labs would need to be state-of-the-art and resources should be open to the community at large as well.
Further, I would llike a variety of places of worship near campus,basic retail and grocery stores, everal sports and recreation options, and excellent public transportation around the school and around the city.
Finally, I would choose a residential college in an interesting city, diuscussed below.
University of Northern Georgia in Dahlonega
Kiplinger's Top 10 Colleges, Ranked by Average Student Debt at Graduation
- University of North Georgia - (January 2012, grand opening in 2013), formerly North Georgia College & State University - $10,128
- California State University, Long Beach- $12, 401
- SUNY Oneonta - $13,697 - see list below.
- New College of Florida - $14,172
- SUNY Buffalo - $16, 010
- University of North Carolina at Asheville - $16, 252
- San Diego State University - $16,400
- University of North Florida - $16,572
- University of Texas at Dallas - $16,813
- California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - $16, 815. This is a new entry into this particular Top 10 List. The unversity was built on what was formerly the California ranch of the controversial Dr. W. K. Kellogg, who began a breakfast cereal movement that culminated in today's Kellogg's company. His medical practices sometimes came into question, however, like those entailing patients to be lowered into vats of water and shocked with electricity. See Wellville.
You can see that the Top 10 List of Colleges with lowest average graduation debt was far differerent in 2008 at the end of the George W. Bush Administration:
- University of Pittsburgh - NA (very low)
- SUNY Cortland - NA
- SUNY at New Paltz $1,900
- Florida International University $4,489
- University at Albany (SUNY) $11,856
- James Madison University (Va.) $11,932
- SUNY at Oneonta $12,100 -- This on rose to Number 3 on the 2013-2014 list.
- University of California, Davis $12,701
- University of Virginia $12,726
- University of Mary Washington at Virginia $12,800
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MAClick thumbnail to view full-size
"Top 10 Colleges in the World"
ULinks.com has researched their own Top 100 List.
This website is a directory for postsecondary education, arranged by Career Field on its home page and offering breakdowns into Colleges, Universities, Trade Schools, Community Colleges, and other categories.
The ULinks.com Top 10 include 8 American schools and 2 from the UK:
- Harvard University
- University of Oxford [UK]
- University of Cambridge [UK]
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of California, Berkeley
- California Institute of Technology
- Princeton University
- Yale University
- University of Chicago
ULinks.com is a comprehensive directory of educational insitutions divided among the categories below and also by Creer Field.
- Colleges and Universities
- Community Colleges
- Graduate Schools
- Trade Schools and Vocational Schools
Professional Resumes Top 10 Picks
"PROFESSIONAL RESUMES" website chose these Top 10:
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- University of Texas
- New York University
- Tulane University
- University of California- Los Angeles
- University of Southern California
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Columbia University
Recommendation for Residential Colleges
My top choice for a college or university is Franklin Residential College (FRC) in Atlanta Georgia.
The Franklin Residential College is a residential college built on the example of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK -- The entire faculty and students live in a single community and promote a constant environment of learning and good will. Done in Atlanta, it also promotes diversity and the type of good will that America needs.
MSU Residential College
Brooks Residential College
Since founding in 2000, FRC has become a premier residential system inpartnership with Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the USG University Housing Office, and the Vice President of Instruction.
Colleges in some parts of Virginia follow the residential model and E. Gordon Gee, recent former President of The Ohio State University is working toward making OSU just such a residential learning community as well.
Other Colleges, Universities and similarities that I like are diversity-blessed and unique. You can read about them in my several Hubs regarding jobs in Metro Areas around the nation.
People of all ages are attending college classes in modern times, so look at some colleges n your area and requst some information for yourself or a friend.
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