Inland or Coastal College?
Due to the overwhelming number of choices that students face, one approach is to consider what geographic region you would prefer, or at least which areas are acceptable to you. Are you from a tropical climate? Try the East or West Coast. If not you should consider whether you should go to New England, with world-class universities but with a cold climate. Another factor to consider is if you are interested in any specific type of cultural, sporting or recreational activity to practice outside of your class time.
Some people are attracted to mountain areas such as Colorado or Vermont for skiing or ski-boarding while others wish to be on Florida’s Atlantic Coast or Southern California for surfing. Theater fans are attracted to areas such as San Francisco or New York. Some students prefer to be close to communities of their countrymen so places like New York and Los Angeles are popular. Other students choose to be inland or somewhere in “Middle America” where they can have an almost complete cultural immersion.
Keep in mind, also, that many of the United States’ most important research universities are located in small cities or towns such as Lawrence, Kansas or Madison, Wisconsin which might not be famous in other countries but are well known “college towns” with relatively low cost of living but a high quality of life.
Location of Academy or University
It is wise to find out how far the academy or university is located from your home if you are attending a local college. On the limited budget that a student must live on one thing you don’t want to worry about is spending too much for gasoline expense. Also the driving time if your school is too far can be a detriment. Traffic delays are another time waster.
Also, looking at the location of the employment you are planning in your chosen field. For instance, if you are studying for a degree in the medical field you should determine the distance from the university or academy to the local hospitals or clinics.
Tuition Costs at Today’s Academies & Universities
When a student is considering choices for college education it is important to weigh the cost differences between academies and universities. Depending on the credibility of the college or university the costs of tuition and fees widely vary.
If you are an out of state student the cost is considerable cheaper. However the living expenses are part of the expense that should also be considered. Housing can cost as much as $6,000.00 to 9,000.00 per year. Slightly less if you plan on living in the college dormitory.
The lowest cost for tuition and fees for undergraduate study, based on 2008- 2009 prices is $3797.00 at California State University for one year. The average cost of tuition and fees was found to be $7,122.00 per year with the highest being Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey at $10,357.00 annually.