Choosing between For-profit Colleges and Traditional Ones

Do you know what is a for profit college? The majority of applicants know only some general information about these institutions. When choosing between various types of colleges, it is very important to have enough information about each one for comparison. Your decision should be based on a thorough research. You are to define the characteristics which are the most important for you, and then choose the college which complies with your demands the most.

So, for-profit colleges vs non-profit ones. Let’s start from a short overview of the both institutions. The fact is that such comparison may seem controversial for some applicants, but we will try to be as much objective as possible.

The majority of for-profit schools are mission-oriented which proves their high efficiency. Their educational programs can be completed in two years.  It means that a student gets a profession and ready to start working. While in traditional colleges students have to spend two years studying. It is good for adult students who have no time for traditional methods.

On the other hand, non-profit institutions provide all-round education. It is proved that people graduated from a traditional college tend to be more erudite. That is why for-profit colleges are mostly chosen by applicants who are 24 or older. After four years of comprehensive studies in one of the traditional ones, they improve their professional skills in one of such commercial colleges.

For-profit colleges are oriented to attraction of new students rather than attendance monitoring. Flexible timetable is good for a number of adult students who work, but may bring no success in education for those who cannot bring themselves to study without external control.

According to a recent date of the National Bureau of Economic Research, graduates form for-profit colleges tend to have lower salaries and higher debt levels, a lot of them stay unemployed. Frankly speaking, these institutions are chosen mostly by students who are comparatively poorer. But this fact cannot explain such a low career success rate.

Here is a short list of for-profit colleges: ITT Educational Services, Inc., Education Management Corporation, Walden, LLC, Career Education Corporation, Grand Canyon Education, Inc., American Career Colleges, etc.

To get more information about the abovementioned colleges and learn about many other for-profit institutions, please, look through the investigation launched by Tom Harkin on the following website.