The Problem Today
"College for my child might be my most uncertain investment."
The problem today is parents and students are expected to pay enormous sums of money for an uncertain result. It's no longer acceptable to think, "Just go to college, you'll figure it out there." Today there are powerful tools available to bring focus and purpose to college.
- According to the College Board, the average costs of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year were:
- $33,480 at private colleges
- $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities
- $9,650 for state residents at public colleges
- This doesn't include the $7,000 to $12,000 per year you will spend for room and board.
- Approximately 32% of college students graduate within 4 years.
- Only 43% of students graduate from the same college where they start.
- About 30% of freshman students don't return for their sophomore year.
- 76% of students change their major at least once. 50% change their major twice.
- Graduates of the class of 2015 left school with an average of $30,000 of debt.
- The average hourly wage for college graduates has risen only 1% over the last decade.
- Focus on your natural abilities You are born with these characteristics. Fulfillment in your life depends on you using them to the best of your ability. We use the Highlands Ability Battery to help you see what they are.
- Ignite your enthusiasm by pursuing that in which you are interested and which fits your temperament, and personality. We use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory to help you understand your temperament and clarify your interests. Some of interests will evolve over your lifetime. Many will always be there. Interests ignite action that propels you to fulfillment in life.
- Execute your plan. Nothing happens until you take action. While this part is up to you you're not alone. We're available to keep you on track.
- Improve by reviewing your results. Sometimes you need a tweak and sometimes you might just want to reinvent yourself.
Make sure your child's major aligns with their strengths.
Most students are going about the college admission process EXACTLY BACKWARDS. Consider that only about 32% of college freshman graduate within four years. For the most part they are entering college without direction. The focus is on getting into the best possible college with little consideration given to the most important question. "What is the best college for my major?" Of course students can't answer this because they either have no major or are laying claim to one for which they have little or no commitment.