- Can I take a tour?
You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, right? The same principle applies to choosing a college. Make sure to schedule your tour while school is in session. Talk with students and instructors and check out where you’ll be spending a lot of your time. You’ll know you’ve found the right fit when you feel comfortable and supported. At Carrington College you can tour the campus and meet with an Enrollment Services Representative to learn more about our programs.
- Can I play student for a day?
Let’s face it, you’re making a big financial investment when you choose your college, so you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Ask if you can sit in on a class. It’s a great way to see how the instructors and students interact. Plus, you’ll get a chance to talk to people in the program you’re interested in to find out what they think.
- How do you help your community?
A great way to see if the school has any spirit is to visit a campus event. Look for a school that’s really part of the local community. Schools that give back to their neighbors are often respected by employers in the area. And if they support the community, there’s a good chance they also support their students and grads.
- Can I bring a friend?
You’re making a huge decision and you’ll get a ton of information on your campus visit. It’s a good idea to bring a friend or relative with you. You’ll have an extra set of eyes and ears and another person to ask questions. Plus, you’ll have someone to talk it over with on the ride home.
- Ok…so what’s the price tag?
At some point during your tour you’ll get some information on what your education will cost you. Make sure you ask questions about what that number includes and if it’ll stay the same the whole time you’re a student. At Carrington College, we offer a Fixed Tuition Promise. That means your tuition will stay the same throughout the length of your program[i].
- What can I expect to make starting out?
One of the reasons you’re choosing to go to college could be to bring home a bigger paycheck. You’ll want to ask what you can expect for a salary in an entry-level position in your new field. Find out what kind of career paths you’ll be able to choose from and where your education may lead five or ten years down the road. That way you’ll get a handle on how your investment will pay off.
- Will The Class Schedule Work With My Life Schedule?
If you’re like a lot of students, going to school isn’t your only responsibility. You might have to fit your class schedule into your everyday life. Having options for class times can make that easier, so look for morning, afternoon and evening options. You’ll have to fit your school schedule into your everyday life. Some schools also offer online programs so students can complete most of their work from home. Make sure the college you choose is the right fit to keep up with your home responsibilities while getting a great education.
- Are The School And The Program Accredited?
Accreditation is important. It’s an independent marker of academic quality. It also shows potential employers your qualifications have met the quality standards of the accrediting organization. Look for your school to be nationally or regionally accredited. Your program should be accredited from a programmatic accreditor in the field. It’s important to note, not all programs require programmatic accreditation.
- How can I pay for this?
Seeing that bottom line number can be intimidating, but most schools have financial aid experts to help walk you through how to pay for your education. Pick their brains and take notes. Ask if the school has any programs that can lower your tuition. Make sure you understand the difference between different types of aid, like scholarships, grants and loans, and your responsibilities for each.
- What happens after I graduate?
Some schools offer career services that help students start their careers on the right foot.
Find out what percentage of graduates find work in the field and how they’ll help you land that first job after you graduate. Look for a school that will be there for you not only after graduation, but for the life of your career.
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[i] Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.