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Choosing 5 Worst US Colleges (Based on 4 Factors)

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America’s education is considered the best in the world. Every pupil both inside and outside the US dreams to graduate from a prestigious college, to enter a solid university and become a well-paid expert in a prestigious field.

As a matter of fact, the reputation of American educational system is well-earned thanks to tremendous efforts made on behalf of the world-known titans such as Princeton, Howard, Yale and many others. But there are plenty of educational institutions that are below the mark hiding in the shadow of the best and exploiting the good name of the US system of higher education.

Should we fetch a list of the best USA colleges? Not really, you might’ve already known them since early school years. Should we fetch a list of the worst USA colleges? Absolutely, as it is very important to avoid the trap of enrolling into an inferior college, if you’re unable to afford the one in the top five or top ten. (Read also: Interesting Facts About Famous Universities)

Factor 1: Money

Paying a consistent amount of money a year to receive education that is beyond poor is the worst-case scenario, especially for a student from abroad who’s not aware of all the shady institutions that might happen on the way.

To figure out the worst college in terms of financial expenditures, four variables were taken into consideration: net price, average student debt, default rate, and graduation rate. The results are as follows:

1) New England Institute of Arts;

2) Columbia College-Hollywood;

3) Fountainhead College of Tech;

4) Saint Augustine’s University;

5) Platt College-Aurora.

Factor 2: Graduation rate

The second factor unravels the worst colleges based on the graduation rate – money spent ratio. Why? As a rule, to earn a bachelor’s degree an average student in the US needs more time than defined in the educational program. It results in spending more money to graduate. And although an expert with a bachelor’s degree is more demanded on the job market, there's a limit to everything.

The results are the following:

1) Saint Augustine’s University;

2) Mt. Sierra College;

3) Art Institute of Atlanta;

4) DeVry University;

5) Benedict College.

Factor 3: Student loan rate

Education in America is expensive (See more here: The US Education Becomes an Overpaid Luxury? Facts and Analysis). Everyone knows that thesis or dissertation writing it is not enough to obtain the desired degree. Predominance of students has to pay substantial amounts for tuition fees. And whereas paying for solid education in a prestigious establishment will pay off in the future is one thing, paying substantial sums at a lousy college is completely another.

A degree at Harvard will pay off quite soon after graduation. A degree at one of the following five colleges will get a student who took a studying loan into financial trouble:

1) Benedict College;

2) Westwood College – South Bay;

3) Central State University;

4) Shaw University;

5) Saint Augustine’s University.

Factor 4: Demographic

A reputed college is defined by the number of students belonging to different minority and social groups. And a college that only has the money on mind neglecting applicants from families below the average income rate is not the one to be trusted or applied to. Here are the colleges that don’t reveal themselves as educational establishments on the first place:

1) Shimer College;

2) Southern Vermont College,

3) Becker College;

4) Platt College-Aurora;

5) Virginia Intermont College.