Evaluating Schools

University vs Technical School

University vs technical school is a question on many high school graduates minds. Keep in mind: money, time, life situation, and career goals. Learn about career training at technical schools verses how attending university may help your career. Making a choice between attending a university and attending a technical school depends largely on just a [...]

Can Community Colleges Save the U.S. Economy?

Community colleges are deeply unsexy. This fact tends to make even the biggest advocates of these two-year schools — which educate nearly half of U.S. undergraduates — sound defensive, almost a tad whiny. "We don't have the bands. We don't have the football teams that everybody wants to boost," says Stephen Kinslow, president of Texas' [...]

Private Colleges, Considerations Worth Studying

Once when I was in charge of recruiting reporters for a small newspaper, I confronted professors at my alma mater, California State University at Northridge. Why was it, I asked, that when I called in search of their best Journalism School grads, I would get the runaround – but when I called the University of [...]

Colleges Reduce Out-of-State Tuition to Lure Students

California State University, East Bay, has never had the cachet of nearby Berkeley. But it has a great location overlooking the San Francisco Bay and aspires to raise its profile and grow. So starting this year it is trying something different to lure applicants: participating in a regional program resulting in lower tuition for students [...]

Advantages of Attending a Community College

Richard O’Brien wasn’t sure he wanted to attend a community college. “Most of my friends were going straight to four-year schools and there is some negative stigma attached to attending community colleges,” he says. After considering the pros and cons, O’Brien decided to attend Danville Area Community College and then transfer to complete his engineering [...]

Difference Between Colleges and Universities

University vs College The difference between a college and a university is that generally a college offers set of degrees in one specific area whereas a university has a collection of colleges. For instance when someone goes to a university he/she will graduate from one of their colleges such as Business College or Engineering College. [...]

Rising College Costs: A Federal Role?

The Obama administration, even as it tried to restrain other domestic spending in its 2011 budget request, has called for expanding the Pell Grants, the main federal college aid program for low-income families. If adopted by Congress, the president’s formula would raise the top grant to $5,710 in 2011, compared with $5,550 this year, according [...]

Highest paying college degrees and schools

Attending school in California and becoming an engineering major can really pay off for college graduates -- by thousands of dollars a year. According to a report released Thursday from salary-tracker PayScale.com, petroleum engineering majors and graduates of Harvey Mudd College are taking home the biggest paychecks. While mid-career salaries fell 1.5% overall between 2009 [...]

Choosing a College, What Really Matters?

When it came time to choose a college, I had researched and researched and visited and visited and thought long and hard about what I wanted—and focused on all the wrong things. The process of matching yourself to a school is different for everyone, and I’m no expert. But I’ve been through it a few [...]

Ivy League schools recruit nontraditional students, too

When Teresa Tanzi thought about going to college in her 30s, she took some classes at a local university and looked around at some other programs aimed at older, nontraditional students. But she was unimpressed. ''They just didn't have big aspirations. The attitude was, 'Yeah, we're giving you a degree because we understand degrees are [...]