The value of a college degree is undisputed. A 2010 report from the College Board estimates that, among full-time workers, high school graduates earned a median annual income of $33,800; workers with an associate’s degree, $42,000; and, workers with a bachelor’s degree, $55,700.

Chapter 2 | Assisting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Choosing a College

The series of Webpages that follows is excerpted from Chapter 2 of College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers, available in its entirety at For a comprehensive discussion of the issue of assisting youth experiencing homelessness in choosing the college that is right for them, download College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers and reference Chapter 2 - Choosing a College, Appendix 2A - Guiding the Discussion on College Selection, and Appendix 2B - Web Resources for Researching Colleges.

Which are the best colleges for this student?

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Researching and choosing an institution of higher education can be an exciting and yet overwhelming process. With more than 3,800 colleges in the United States, choices abound. But a college that works for one student may not be a good fit for another. Instead of asking, “Which are the best colleges?,” the question should be, “Which are the best colleges for this student?”

In deciding which college is a good fit for a particular student, it is important to help the student identify what she wants most from her college education. A student who has set her sights on being a chemical engineer likely will not be happy at a liberal arts institution without an engineering program. A small college with no collegiate athletic programming will not appeal to a high school quarterback who is hoping to get a football scholarship. In choosing a college, a student will want to select an institution where he will feel comfortable, have access to academic and other programming in keeping with his talents and interests, and gain the education needed to prepare him for his career path and future. Read on to learn more.

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