2 UGLY Graduation Stats Colleges Don't Want You to Know About & 2 Ways to Avoid This From Happening to YouAug 12, 2023
There's a common perception that a college degree will lead you to success.
But is that true in every case?
Are all colleges capable of taking you to the promised land of a lucrative career in something you love?
The unfortunate answer is: not necessarily.
The Ugly Stats They're Hiding
Did you know that a whopping 30% of first-year students drop out before they reach their sophomore year? Even more troubling, only 46% of students graduate from college.
Yes, you read that right. Thousands are spending money on higher education, hoping it leads to an investment into their future, only to end up empty-handed.
Given these numbers, it's no wonder many are left asking: Is college even worth it anymore?
The Outdated College Search System
Until now, students have relied on a three-tiered system to categorize potential colleges:
- Reach Schools: The unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky options that may be out of the question based on your academic qualifications.
- Target Schools: More realistically attainable institutions based on your qualifications.
- Safety Schools: Your fallback options where admission seems almost guaranteed.
However, this outdated method has its drawbacks. Not only does it place students into predetermined categories, but it also lacks a comprehensive approach.
As a result, students may end up at a college for which they're overqualified, or that doesn't address their specific needs.
A Different Approach to College Search
To increase your chances of not only getting admitted but graduating, use a more efficient two-step process:
- Match: put aside the vague labels and start finding colleges that match your academic skills. Use your test scores and grade point average as reliable guides.
- Finding Your Fit: once you've listed your "match" colleges, it's time to dig deeper. What do you want out of your college experience?
Here are some aspects to consider:
- Majors that pique your interest
- Job prospects after graduation
- Extracurricular and student activities
- Graduation rates (both 4 and 6 years)
- Total cost (including possible hidden fees)
- Campus ambiance and cultural atmosphere
The college should be responsive to your needs and help you grow, learn, and prepare for the future.
When only 46% of students graduate, it's clear that traditional methods are no longer enough.
It's time to redefine the college search. By focusing on schools that match and fit you, you set the stage for a rewarding college experience, both academically and personally.
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