Are more expensive schools really better?
Summary: A "big name" university may be impressive, but as this article shows, there's much more to college than that.
Time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds
Who this is for: Juniors, Seniors and Parents
It’s not unusual to think that the more you pay for something, the “better” it will be. But that’s not necessarily the case with a college education.
When you really think about it, you'll probably realize that there are so many things you might want from college which you simply can’t put a price tag on. What's more, you may be just as able to find them at a reasonably priced school as you could at an expensive one.
Here’s a small sample of experiences and opportunities that students say they want to gain from their first four years in college. Take a look over them and check off the ones you feel apply best to you.
Now ask yourself: “Could I get these experiences at a lower cost school?”
The point: Most of the items on this list don’t depend on the price of the college you choose. Instead, they depend on how much time and energy you put into them during your college years, no matter what school you decide to attend.
This is not to say that all colleges provide the same level of teaching, reputation, or academic discipline. That’s certainly not the case. However, a great education, and a great experience, can be had at many schools. All you have to do is keep your eye on your goals, look for what you want, and work at it. Just because a certain school costs more doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a better school for you.
A “big name” university may be impressive, but as this article shows, there’s much more to college than that.