Every graduating high school senior at TIA has been accepted to college in the last four years, so it’s safe to say continuing education is on the minds of TIA students. If your child has recently started high school, it’s time to start looking into colleges and universities. It takes time and focused planning to get into the right college. Here’s a look at the top five best colleges in the nation.
Princeton ranks number one in the nation by both Time and U.S. News and World Report. Time was especially glowing in their praise of Princeton as a value university. Princeton provides effectively free tuition to students from families that earn under $65,000 per year, making it an affordable option for high-achieving students from these families. Career readiness is one of the many benefits of attending Princeton. Many graduates excel in earning quickly after graduation.
No list of top universities would be complete without mentioning Harvard. According to U.S. News and World Report, Harvard remains one of the most selective of all universities, admitting just 5% of applicants. Harvard alumni form perhaps its most attractive feature, boasting a number of Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and 32 heads of State, including former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BestColleges.com ranks MIT as the top institution of higher learning in the nation. MIT offers a challenging program focused on science and technology. With only a slightly higher rate of acceptance than Harvard at 7.9%, it requires discipline and extraordinary effort to qualify for acceptance. But, if accepted, students benefit from world class researchers and will often work closely with those who are leaders in their fields of study.
Stanford University has been consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. If you’re considering earnings after graduation, Stanford students’ median earnings six years after graduation are over $80,000 per year. Stanford’s’ student to teacher ratio is one of the lowest in the country, so students receive a high degree of personalized attention. Located near Silicon Valley, Stanford partakes of the entrepreneurial ethos of the area and makes great efforts to use sustainable, energy saving technology.
The third oldest university in the nation, Yale is a historic Ivy League school. Yale is a unique school that operates in a singular fashion. Offering over 2,000 undergraduate courses, students are not required to take any particular classes. Rather, Yale encourages students to “learn broadly and deeply.” Students also have the opportunity to attend lectures from dozens of classes during the first days of a semester before registering for particular classes.
Planning Starts Now
These are the top 5 colleges and there are many more great colleges across the nation. The TIA student just entering high school is already at the point of beginning to prepare for college. Classes taken in the freshmen year count on the transcript equally with those taken in the senior year. Prospective colleges look at your activities and interests and those add up starting now. Begin to plan now to achieve the dreams of tomorrow.