Helpful Resource for Picking a College for the Right Reasons

September 23, 2009 | NeW Staff

Thomas Sowell had a great column today on Townhall discussing what measures we should be using to determine what the “right” college is for each graduating high school student.

If you’re like me, the college decision process was overwhelming-so many schools to choose from, too many friends and family weighing in on their opinions, and then those pesky college rankings.  I didn’t decide until April, and the deadline was May. Yikes…
Sowell points out that college rankings are relatively unhelpful for individual students picking out a school that fits them best.  With NeW, we’ve come to see this as our campus book clubs have spread from coast to coast. No two schools are the same, and each campus has its own strengths and weaknesses. Each NeW chapter addresses different problem issues on their campus.  We should be encouraging pursuit of individual exploration through the factors they care most about.  
He recommends a useful book, Choosing the Right College, published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.  The book explores a whole host of factors to use in making a decision about college, including political correctness, whether or not professors teach classes, what the co-ed living situation is like at a certain school, and more. 
How influential were college rankings in your school decision? Did you find the rankings to be helpful? I agree with Sowell’s suggestion, let’s encourage the right school for the right student.

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