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5 Questions To Ask When Choosing The Right College

by Margaret Hurst
Marketing Specialist

October 24, 2014

After deciding what degree you should earn comes the next challenge: Choosing the right college. With advancements in technology and additional delivery methods, there are countless colleges and universities you can consider. 

Let us help you narrow down the list. 

Choosing the right college can impact the value of your degree as well as how your degree can advance you personally and professionally. Ask yourself these five questions when choosing the right college so that you set up your career and your future for success. 

How Do I Want To Earn My Degree?

Knowing how earning your degree is going to fit into your busy schedule is important when choosing the right college. Does the college offer the degree you want to earn in the way you learn best? Know if you want to earn your degree:


Is The College Accredited?

University or college accreditation is a mark of high quality and academic rigor. Often, employers only consider candidates who earned degrees from colleges with accreditation. 

Check to see if the college is certified by a recognized institutional accrediting organization so that you know that you are choosing the right college. 

Does The College Offer Affordable Tuition & Financial Aid?

Cost is a big factor when choosing the right college—but it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker.   

Review the total cost of tuition and fees as well as your eligibility for scholarships, grants and loans on the college’s Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid website. Filling out the FAFSA can further help you in deciding if you can afford earning your degree at this college. 

Is The College In An Ideal Location?

How do you want to experience college? Do you want to live on campus? Stay in your community? Live in the city or miles from the interstate? Live close or far from your family? Consider what locations offer the best professional and personal opportunities. 

Location matters—even when earning your degree online. Colleges nearby can also offer nationally recognized online degrees and online students can attend commencement.

What Resources Does The College Provide?

Does the college provide support toward your success? The right college will offer the numerous services to support your education experience including:

If you are certain that you are choosing the right college, talk to a college advisor today to learn more about the college and how to apply. 

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