Six million college students are enrolled in schools that are wrong for them
One-third of the current 20 million college students will switch schools before they graduate
“The student – as well as the parents – may be better off sending their eighteen year-old to Europe for a year if they are looking for a unique experience.”
Research conducted by academic institutions and think tanks consistently shows that one-third of college students will transfer to a different school before they graduate. That equates to six million hoping their next school will be the right one for them. Kurt Sagovac, vice president at University Research & Review, a company that bills itself as The Higher Education Experts, wanted to know why this was happening.
In surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Education it was found that almost half the college students who switched schools did so because their original choice was too expensive. Sagovac then wondered why students initially chose a school that would soon prove to be too costly. An answer was provided by a study co-sponsored by Longmire and Company, Inc., an organization that provides tools to higher education enrollment and marketing managers.
Longmire’s study determined students and parents select colleges based predominantly on the anticipated experience of attending college. This “experience” is apparently more important to the student than academic quality or costs. According to the study, the student is the primary influencer in selecting a college and most parents don’t want to deny their child this unique experience.
“The student – as well as the parents – may be better off sending their eighteen year-old to Europe for a year if they are looking for a unique experience,” Sagovac commented.
Research done by Sagovac’s firm indicates it usually takes a year and a half to two years before a student begins to realize the college he or she selected is too expensive. About this same time half the students in college begin to think about changing their field of study. These findings led University Research & Review to develop free services that help students choose colleges and fields of study that are very likely to be a good fit for a particular student.
“We hope that college students avail themselves of the free services we’ve developed, including a proven personality profile test to help choose a field of study that fits each individual’s unique profile. For those who require a good but reasonably priced college, we created a database of institutions that have earned the Best Value School designation,” Sagovac stated. “Not many are aware of what we’ve been doing at University Research & Review, but we can be a great resource for college students,” he concluded.
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