Colleges That Aren't Worth the Price of Admission
Applying for and attending college is a big decision — one that can affect you for the rest of your life. If you have decided to attend college, you want to make sure that you get what you pay for. College is no good if an employee from a fast-food chain makes as much as you do with a degree. Here is a list of colleges that — statistically speaking — are a waste of time and money.
Stillman College in Alabama
Stillman College attracts students who are looking for a private liberal arts school with few students and small classroom sizes. While these features can be beneficial in many cases, this is not one of them. Even though the population hovers over 600 students, the results are not impressive.
Wilson College in Pennsylvania
Wilson College spent over a century as an all-women's liberal arts college before finally allowing men to apply. With such high tuition — $156,000 for four years — attendees and parents footing the bill expect great results. Unfortunately, expecting too much from this college is a bad idea.
Johnson University in Tennessee
If you are looking for a college that will keep you in debt for most of your life, Johnson University in Tennessee just might be right for you. It is a private Christian university that just does not measure up.
Cazenovia College in New York
Cazenovia College is a small liberal arts college in New York that has only about 900 students. With such a small campus population, the college claims it can work one-on-one with students, which you’d expect to produce good results.
Martin Luther College in Minnesota
Martin Luther College is well known for its involvement in sports. In fact, almost two-thirds of the students are involved in some type of sports and one-third in varsity sports, and these students come from all over the country. With so many out-of-state students, it is probably a good thing that the college requires all students to stay on campus.
St. Andrew's University in North Carolina
North Carolina is a beautiful state that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. Attending college there … maybe not. St. Andrew's University — previously the St. Andrews Presbyterian College — shares in that beauty with its pond and lake, but that splendor comes at a hefty price.
Wheelock College in Massachusetts
Wheelock College in Boston actually started as a kindergarten training course for teachers, which was founded by Lucy Wheelock. Over the years, mergers and other moves changed it into what it is today: a college that provides training for teachers of all levels.
Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky
Kentucky may have some winning racehorses and even professional sports players, but not everyone from Kentucky comes out on top. Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky is proof of this. While this college has produced some pro athletes, it seems that if you do not make it big, you probably won’t make it at all.
Emory & Henry College in Virginia
Emory & Henry College is a private liberal arts school located in Southwest Virginia. It has a 54 percent graduation rate, which is better than other colleges listed here but nowhere near the 91 percent graduation rate of Emory University.
Paine College in Georgia
Paine College is a private Methodist college in Augusta, Georgia that has faced a lot of financial turmoil. There is no sign of that trouble ending anytime soon, either. With the school in its own financial mess, it should be no surprise that its graduates are, too.
Benedict College in South Carolina
Benedict College was once a teacher's training college, but it eventually opened up to other vocations. It is located in the fairly large city of Columbia, South Carolina and has approximately 2,250 students. Unfortunately, only about 22 percent of the college's students graduate.
Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts
Not just anyone can get into Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. In fact, the school only accepts about 400 students gifted in the arts each year, with about 56 percent of those students passing.
Mississippi Valley State University
Mississippi Valley State University has many strengths. The school's marching band is a sight to behold. The football team does more than win — it produces quite a few players who go pro. Unfortunately, the strengths stop there.
Miles College in Alabama
Miles College has similar results to those of Mississippi Valley State University. Sadly, Miles College has a graduation rate of only 17 percent. Perhaps this low graduation rate is because many students do not feel much hope for their future if they continue at Miles College.
Maine College of Art
Here is another art school that just does not make the grade. Maine College of Art in Portland seems like the perfect place for students hoping to study studio or fine arts, especially if they love seafood, lighthouses, and beautiful views.
Brewton-Parker College in Georgia
Mount Vernon, Georgia is a small town with less than 3,000 residents. A little more than a third of those people are students at Brewton-Parker College. The graduation rate of the college is only 17 percent, which is definitely low.
Saint Augustine's University in North Carolina
Another North Carolina college that is not worth the price of admission is Saint Augustine's University. This college is one of America's historically black colleges and universities, although the school does open its doors to people of other races. It is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and has less than 1,000 students.
Rust College in Mississippi
Rust College has a lot to brag about. It was actually the second private school in the entire state of Mississippi, and it is one of only a handful of historically black colleges still open. The school accepts a little over 40 percent of applicants, and those accepted are proud of that accomplishment.
Unity College in Maine
Although any college degree should pay for itself and more over time, graduates in fields like environmental studies seem like they should find even more success since their knowledge benefits everyone. Anyone who spends four years learning how to improve the environment should get paid well to put that education to work.
Shaw University in North Carolina
Shaw University was the first historically black university in the south. It’s been located in Raleigh, North Carolina since opening in 1865, and most of its students are proud to be there. They likely think differently after they graduate.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sadly, we see another art school on the list, which is a shame. We need more beauty in this world, not less. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is associated with but separate from the Art Institute of Chicago. It was also once named "Most Influential Art School."
Beloit College in Wisconsin
Nestled in Beloit, Wisconsin is Beloit College. This private liberal arts school has been open since 1846 and has an average of 1,400 students. Although Beloit is on this list, not everything about the college is bad — especially not their 82 percent graduation rate.
Talladega College in Alabama
Talladega, Alabama is known for two very special things: the Talladega Speedway and the Talladega College Tornado marching band. This talented team of musicians gives the town a lot to be proud of. The college itself — not so much.
Claflin University in South Carolina
Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina also has a history to be proud of. The university was the first in the country to give degrees to African-American women in the U.S., with Alice Jackson Moorer and Annie Thortne Holmes graduating in 1884. With a 56 percent graduation rate, the school can still be proud of its work — to some degree.
Voorhees College in South Carolina
In the small town of Denmark, South Carolina is another historically black college by the name of Voorhees. It is a well-loved and respected college of only 600 students, 26 percent of which graduate — with a massive amount of debt.
The University of Montevallo in Alabama
The University of Montevallo was founded as Alabama's state college for women in 1896 but became a coed college in 1956. It is located in Montevallo and is surrounded by nature's beauty. Hopefully, that beauty will be enough to ease your anxiety as your debt amasses.
Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania
Saint Francis University is located in Loretta, PA. It is a Roman Catholic college that provides degree programs in business, healthcare, science and the humanities. Considering these programs, one would expect graduates to do pretty well financially. Sadly, that is not the case.
Jackson State University in Mississippi
Almost 7,000 students attend Jackson State University. It’s another historically black college and university that has been named a research-designated facility. The primary degree programs offered include education, economics, technology, and healthcare. It would appear, however, that the college needs to research how to set its students up for success.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke looks like an amazing place to be. It is a historic American Indian liberal arts campus that has a wide range of degree programs, including American Indian studies, music education, theater, science, psychology, nursing, special education and more. Even better, it has a beautiful campus with a lake to relax beside.