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Colleges, Which Type Makes Sense?

Girl thinking about College Selection Planning Pick the Right School
Public vs Private Colleges
2 Year vs 4 Year Colleges
Accelerated Degrees

Pick the Right School

‘How to pick the right school’? This probably sounds like a simple question when you first hear it but that’s the farthest thing from the truth!

To pick the right school, you need to FULLY understand at least the following:

  • Yourself?
  • What do you want?
  • What’s available?
  • What you can afford?
  • What you can get in?
  • What school offers you the best education/services/etc. while you are attending?
  • What school offers you the best results once you have graduated?

  • Each question above is a sub-Project in itself and each needs to be completed before you can even attempt the question of ‘right school’.

    When you work with Project-College we create an individual Project Plan to meet you’re all of your goals. We employ a detailed step-by-step process to answer the questions above and many others. Remember, ‘Picking the right school’ is only part of the process, granted a BIG part of the process but again only one part…You still need to apply and get accepted!

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    Public vs Private Colleges

    The first thought that comes to mind here is: Public is cheaper!

    That’s both an assumption and generalization and BOTH can be totally wrong in many situations, especially when you work in the overall financial aid package certain private schools may offer. Rule of thumb: NEVER eliminate a college or university from consideration purely because you think it will cost too much

    Let’s first look at the objective differences: Public colleges receive money from the state government where they are located and often offer a lower tuition for students who are residents of that state. Private colleges do not receive government funding and have one tuition (excluding financial aid and scholarships) for everyone.

    Beyond that, you really need to look past the labels of “public” and “private,” and instead concentrate on the reputation and academic resources of a specific institution. It’s true that all Ivy League universities are private, but many well-known public universities offer Ivy-level academics at very competitive prices.

    So, which Are Better overall: Public or Private Colleges?
    If only this was a simple question! Individual colleges — public and private — have different academic specialties. They offer tuition to fit nearly any budget. “Private College A” may be a much better fit for you than “Public College A” but may not stack up as well against “Public College B.” Then again, you may find that only private colleges offer what you want from a college.

    Whatever you do, be sure you consider both public colleges and private colleges, whatever your tuition, academic and social requirements.

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    2yr vs 4 Yr Colleges

    Comparing a 2yr colleges (Jr Colleges) versus their 4yr counterparts (colleges) spurs so many sub-questions that you would not believe!

    At Project-College, we try to use what are called ‘decision-trees’ whenever possible. These help apply straight forward steps to sometime very difficult questions. You probably have heard of ‘decision trees’ but if not, here’s an example: ‘If statement A is true…then do X otherwise do Y’. Often these ‘trees’ are much more lengthy, with many different sub-directions (called ‘branches’).

    In this question, the first follow-up question would be: What is your final goal…a 2yr degree (Associate) or a 4 yr degree (bachelors)?
    If the answer is a 2yr degree….your done, you have your answer. If the answer is a 4yr degree, then the questions get more in depth, as that doesn’t necessarily mean forget Jr. colleges, as a 2yr degree can be step one to a final 4yr degree.

    Each case is very different and we will work with you to make sure you know your options.

    We had one client that was very concerned with being accepted 2 years from now (after they graduated Jr. college) into their final 4yr college choice, so they passed on Jr. college … even though for all other factors a Jr. college made total sense. Finances, programs, guaranteed seats, re-applications, and may other factors must be evaluated.

    So, again each case is different, but you want to make sure that you are asking ALL the right questions when comparing the options, otherwise your answer may leave you hanging from the wrong branch!

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    Accelerated Degrees

    Accelerated Degree Programs usually include condensed classes that may be completed more quickly than standard courses. They provide working professionals with the opportunity to earn a college degree quickly. Some allow students to earn only a bachelor's degree, while others are designed for students wanting to earn both an undergraduate and advanced degree in the same subject. Accelerated Degree Programs differ from traditional programs in a couple of respects. First, Accelerated Degree Programs often present classes that take only a month to complete, instead of a full semester. Second, many Accelerated Programs have flexible scheduling that allows students to choose classes at times convenient to them.

    Most Accelerated Degree Programs cover subjects like psychology, healthcare administration, business administration and human resource management. The courses are usually presented in an expedited format and some can be completed in as only a month. Sometimes, each individual class period lasts several hours so that the syllabus is covered more quickly than if the course periods were a standard duration. Since most Accelerated Degree Programs emphasize collaboration and teamwork, classes are usually offered on campus as opposed to over the Internet.

    Most Accelerated Degree Programs are specifically tailored for working professionals and offer flexible course scheduling. Programs commonly admit students year-round and conduct classes throughout the entire year. Many programs offer classes during evening and weekend hours, allowing students to keep their full-time jobs while they work towards their degrees. Accelerated Degree Programs often authorize students to count previously completed coursework towards their degree and sometimes let students place out of core classes.

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