At every school I was truly struck by the unique features each one offered, and it became more obvious than ever that students need to search for a college that best fits them academically, emotionally, socially and financially. There are so many different combinations of programs available out there. Here are just a few highlights of what I saw:
- graduation guarantee within four years. If a student isn't finished in time, the college will cover the costs of the necessary classes.
- affiliations with local government for political science majors to get real world experience and education in how government really works.
- an archeology program with dig sites in Greece and Israel.
- a peer mentor program for incoming freshmen to help them adjust to college life.
- face to face interviews to match roommates together- with nearly a 100% success rate.
- a collaboration program in which students work together to solve real world problems- like how to bring clean drinking
- a residential field station leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for undergraduates to engage in hands-on environmental research and study.
- college presidents who regularly meet with students and invite them into their homes.
- generous and unique scholarships with admissions and
I truly believe there is a right fit for every college-bound student.
For some, it's an Ivy league education, others a larger university and many will be most comfortable at a smaller liberal arts school. The key is knowing what's available and matching the student's interest and special needs to the right school. From there, it's up to the student to take advantage of the offerings of their college to ensure their success.