Choosing the Right Private College
Why Private College Education is Attainable
Finding the best match for a student
Choosing which college to attend is one of the most critical decisions a student and family will make. Not only does it set the student on a career path, the choice of a college or university can influence relationships, preferences, priorities and values that extend far beyond the classroom and that can last a lifetime. There are many considerations involved in reaching this life decision.
Here are some questions that the savvy consumer should be asking about the college or university of interest:
What is the average class size or student:faculty ratio?
What percentage of faculty are adjunct versus tenured professors?
What percentage of first year students graduate in four years? five years? six years?
How many of these first year students seeking employment gain full time employment within one year of graduation?
What percentages of graduates, applying to graduate/professional schools, are admitted?
What is the average debt for graduates who borrowed, and what is the institution's student loan default rate?
What is the satisfaction level of alumni?
What resources are available outside the classroom to support and enhance learning?
What experiences are available outside the classroom such as internships and study abroad to enhance career opportunities after graduation?
Here are some additional resources in making private college education attainable:
- NAICU's Independent Colleges and Universities: A National Profile, 2011 Edition
- NAICU's U-Can: Get the Facts for a Smart College Choice!
- Big Future by the College Board: Find Colleges, Advice and More
I feel the Private College 529 Plan was a Godsend. If you are an individual that plans ahead and had the financial means, it can remove a great deal of stress from your financial plate when the time arrives for your child/children to enter college. I have and will continue to recommend this plan to everyone who will be having a child or grandchild pursuing a college education!
PETER M. KARLOWICZ