There is no question that attending college is the best investment a person can make in their future. The data shows that people with at least a bachelor’s degree earn considerably more than those with a high school degree.
But if you choose to go to a school, remember that each one is different. Do your homework and make sure that the one you choose will prepare you for the career you desire. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
First, the quality of education should be your top priority. Choose a college that will give you high-level instruction and real-world experience. Check the program’s graduation and job placement rates. And, make sure that the school is accredited.
Next, reputation matters. When you are looking for a job or posting your resume on LinkedIn, people will judge the quality of your education by the reputation of your school. Make sure your school is respected by those in your chosen field of study.
Lastly, college programs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are online while others require you to move to their campus. A few, like Southeastern University where I am president, have extension campuses that allow students to attend real life classes thousands of miles away from the main campus. I encourage you to explore all of your options and choose the best one for your budget and lifestyle.