College search: finding your best school
Before you choose: Look to the futureLook at a school's graduate school acceptance rates, says Rosa Pimentel, associate director of undergraduate admissions at UCLA. "Look at the preparation that each university has in terms of programs or staff or offices that are responsible for professional or graduate school development."
For most students, the end goal of a college degree is to secure a job in their chosen field. Job placement rates can provide a good indication of how helpful the institution will be in a future job search. Other questions to explore: Does the university have a career center with career counseling, resume workshops and interviewing sessions? Does it have a strong alumni network? Does the university bring recruiters to campus or are you on your own in the job search process?
Recap: The problems
School selectivity issues
-- An ACT survey shows 72 percent of students in "highly selective" schools -- those with the majority of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school class -- graduated within four years, as compared with 49 percent at "selective" schools; 31 percent at "traditional" schools and only 30 percent at "open enrollment" schools.
Solution: What to consider before you choose »