Why university accreditation matters when choosing a college degree

Would you hide your money under a mattress and expect it to earn interest? Of course not. But that’s exactly what getting your degree from an unaccredited college or university is like: It may seem like a good idea, but it yields no return on your investment. The truth is, accreditation matters very much. Before […]

How to research colleges, degree programs, and faculty members

Merriam-Webster calls it, “careful or diligent search.” “It” is what Google, Bing, Yahoo and Wikipedia give to the world: the means to quickly and conveniently gather and organize information about pretty much anything and everything. All this data readily available at your fingertips makes it easy to gather as much information as you can about […]

Choose your college degree wisely. Balance personal satisfaction with salary & career outlooks.

“Focus on the future,” say progressives. “Go where the money is,” say relatives who don’t want you moving in. “Don’t settle for less than personal fulfillment,” say those who beat a different drum. So goes the advice of many for how to choose your college degree. But why choose based on only one end result? […]

Earning my college degree - how long will it take?

Two years. Four years. Six years. Seventeen years. Ask how long it takes to earn a college degree and you’ll get as many different answers as people. That’s because how long it takes depends on a whole bunch of things; like timing, course offerings, work schedules, full- or part-time attendance—even you and your study habits. […]

Should I earn my degree online or on-campus?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. First, you have to decide whether or not to go back to college. (Yes.) Then you gotta choose a college degree program to major in. (Check.) Now you need to figure out if you should go into the classroom, enroll in an online degree program or some hybrid combination of both. (Read on.) Here are […]

Follow your dreams and aspirations, not someone else's.

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with asking someone else’s advice. On the one hand, we want to hear what the people we know, love and respect have to say—especially when it aligns with what we want to hear. On the other, we don’t want to hear something that may challenge us, cause us […]

Choosing a career first, then a college degree

It’s the chicken-and-egg question of going back to college: Which comes first, choosing a career or choosing a college degree? While there are pros and cons to both, many would agree it makes the most sense to choose a career before choosing a degree. Why? It’s a classic example of quality versus quantity. By choosing […]

Choosing a college degree? Know your strengths and weaknesses.

Not sure what to study now that you’ve decided to go back to college? You’re not alone. If you’re like most adult learners, you’re heading back to school to advance or change your career. (Good for you, by the way.) So, of course, you want to succeed in the classroom. Before you do, you have […]

Four Resources for Finding College Scholarships

Looking for effective ways to find free money to pay for college? Maybe you’ve already gone online to search for “free money for college,” “college scholarships for adults,” or “comprehensive listing of available scholarships.” The web, of course, is an incredible and robust resource for finding information and resources for going back to college. But there’s a […]

Online classes are awesome. Here's six reasons why.

“Awesome.” It’s one small word that means “extraordinary.” But more than just being a buzzword for the 80s (and beyond), it’s also a great word to describe why the average online student chooses to study online. But in case you need a little more detail about online degrees and online classes than “they’re awesome,” we’ve spelled it […]