Most colleges don't provide the following information, but it's so helpful in deciding if and where you should attend college or graduate school. Ask and see what you get:
- Evidence of value-added: Does the program give pre-post tests to see how much students grow in, for example, critical thinking skills, writing and research ability? Is its value-added superior to competing programs or colleges?
- The cash, loan, and work-study financial aid package you'll likely receive in your 2nd through 6th years. Some colleges use the drug-dealer scam: they give you the first dose cheap and then, after you're hooked, raise the price.
- Retention data: the percentage of students returning for a second year, broken out by S.A.T. score, race, and gender.
- The percentage of the institution’s students who have been robbed or assaulted on or near campus.
- The two-, three-, four-, five-, and six-year graduation rates, broken out by SAT/GRE score, race, and gender. (Nationwide, the percentage of male graduates has plummeted in recent years.)
- Employment data for graduates: The percentage of graduates who, within six months of graduation are in graduate school, unemployed, employed in a job requiring college-level skills, are earning less than $30,000 a year, $30,000-60,000, $60,000-90,000, $90,000+.
- The most recent results of a student satisfaction survey.
- The most recent accreditation visiting team report.